Frequently Asked Questions

Communitas Frequently Asked Questions

Questions are common for new students and families! If your question about COMMUNITAS is unanswered here, please contact us—we're here to help.

 

HOW DO I JOIN?

About one-third of the first-year class opts into COMMUNITAS - a living and learning community for first-year students. COMMUNITAS offers a holistic experience where students live together in a residence hall, participate in their Augustine and Culture Seminar class with hallmates, and take a one-credit discussion-based class with the same students in the ACS class. Each class has about 16 students, so participants form a small group community both in and outside of class.

Students sign up for COMMUNITAS when they complete the housing contract.

The HOUSING CONTRACT will be available to early decision students on February 28 or on May 4 (for early action and regular admit students who have paid their deposit) at www.housing.villanova.edu.

Students are encouraged to complete the housing contract and sign up for COMMUNITAS early as we are not always able to accommodate all of the expressed interest. It is best to list both a first and second choice for your preferred COMMUNITAS theme. Students are placed in COMMUNITAS based on a variety of factors, including date of deposit, date of housing contract, gender, and college. Most participants are notified of their placement shortly after housing assignments are available, typically at the end of July or early August. If you do not have access to the internet to access the form, please call Teri O'Brien at 610-519-4550.

Students sign up for COMMUNITAS when they complete the housing contract.

The HOUSING CONTRACT will be available to early decision students on February 28 or on May 4 (for early action and regular admit students who have paid their deposit) at www.housing.villanova.edu.

Students are encouraged to complete the housing contract and sign up for COMMUNITAS early as we are not always able to accommodate all of the expressed interest.

Students are selected for COMMUNITAS based on a variety of factors, including date of housing contract completion, available space, gender, and college. The programs attempt to have a cross section of students from all four Colleges (Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Villanova School of Business) and from all geographic regions for the residential programs.  Sign up early if you are interested to increase your chance of obtaining a place in your program of first choice.

You will most likely find out the first week of August after housing assignments are made available. If you are placed into COMMUNITAS, your housing assignment and your class schedule will reflect the residence hall and an ACS class associated with the community, along with the one-credit discussion class on the theme of the community.

Students may indicate a first choice and a second choice community. If more students sign up than we have space for, you will be housed with other first-year students and be placed in a section of ACS. We will also automatically put your name on a wait-list for the theme(s) you expressed interest in.  Should you decide you do not want to be on the wait list, simply contact us and we will remove your name (through e-mail teri.obrien@villanova.edu or by phone at 610-519-4550).

WHO IS COMMUNITAS FOR?

COMMUNITAS formerly was referred to as -- First-Year Learning Communities. Themed COMMUNITAS sections are designed for first year students and your commitment is one year only. There is a Sophomore Service Learning Community that interested students apply for during Fall semester of their freshman year.

Yes. Students from all four colleges (Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Business) participate since all first-year students take the Humanities seminar (ACS) for two semesters, the foundation of the learning communities. The Caritas: Service Learning Community is limited to students in ARTS or VSB because of scheduling constraints and time at the service sites. Once you are placed in COMMUNITAS, your class schedule will automatically be adjusted to register you for the appropriate section of ACS and the one-credit discussion class.

In most cases, no. Students who are varsity athletes are welcomed to participate in COMMUNITAS. However, some student-athletes have found that living with another student on their team is desirable, or find, with required practice times, they do not wish to make additional time commitments. If you are considering participating in COMMUNITAS and you are a varsity athlete, be realistic about your time management skills. Being a varsity athlete does require a significant time commitment, along with your normal academic load.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

COMMUNITAS is designed to enhance the student experience as they acclimate to college life both inside and outside the classroom. Students also have the chance to explore an interest (such as Leadership, Healthy Living, Global Perspectives, to name just a few of the available themes). Participating in COMMUNITAS provides students with opportunities to get to know their peers more deeply – in class discussions exploring the big questions of life, in the residence hall through everyday living, and in the one-credit discussion class where active engagement in conversation is the hallmark of the experience. Students participating in COMMUNITAS have been very happy with their choice to participate. They are enriched with the friendships they make and the knowledge they gain.

To read more about our students' experiences, click here.

Students in COMMUNITAS take the ACS class that all first-year students take, but are in a section of ACS associated with their themed community. Additionally, students also are enrolled in a discussion class that meets once-a-week for 75 minutes, usually in the residence hall. The discussion class meets from the beginning of the school year until late February. The one-credit class is geared to engage students in conversations, activities, and reflections related to the theme. It is designed to add value to the first-year experience, not to be burdensome in light of students’ academic commitments. Students from all four colleges participate very successfully. Additional optional co-curricular programming is also offered to students throughout the year.

COMMUNITAS AND HOUSING

Yes. You will indicate on the COMMUNITAS form and housing contract who your preferred roommate is. The preferred roommate also should complete the COMMUNITAS form. We will make every effort to accommodate the roommate requests; if there are extenuating circumstances, we will reach out. If you have questions, please contact us, teri.obrien@villanova.edu.  To reiterate: all roommates must complete the COMMUNITAS form and name each other as "preferred."

Students participating in COMMUNITAS will be housed in a designated hall on south campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Yes. The residence halls are co-educational by floor. Each floor/gender has its own bathrooms.