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COMMUNITAS: A Living and Learning Community for First-Year Students


One-third of Villanova's first-year students choose COMMUNITAS, which offers the opportunity to thrive through intentional conversation inside and outside the classroom. Villanovans in COMMUNITAS embrace new friendships and unique academic endeavors while navigating the college experience together.

COMMUNITAS is Villanova's mission and values in action:




Students who select COMMUNITAS:

  • Live together in a residence hall on south campus
  • Take a specially-designed Augustine and Culture Seminar, a class all first-year students participate in
  • Enjoy unique co-curricular programming
  • Enroll in a one-credit COMMUNITAS-themed course

For more information about the first-year experience, including more details on Communitas, watch this video of a panel hosted by Student Life.   

New Student Orientation and the First-Year Experience


"My learning community gave me my best friends. They were the first group I felt comfortable with around on campus; they made me feel known. It was only a week into my first year when I realized that I would instinctually refer to my dorm room as my 'home' in conversation on campus, and I attribute that entirely to my learning community family." (Simon, '21, Leadership)

2020-2021 Themes

Students Talking
  • Art and Culture
  • Caritas: Service Learning
  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Faith and Reason
  • Global Perspectives
  • Healthy Living
  • Leadership
  • Science, Inquiry, and Self
  • Social Justice and Inclusivity

Questions or Concerns?

Group of Students

Contact Kathy Byrnes, Associate Vice President for Student Life

Phone: 610-519-4550