Learning Communities

Getting the most out of your First Year of College

Learning Communities are Villanova's mission and values in action:
Learning... Living... Exploring

Our Learning Communities for first-year students, allow students to learn, grow, and form communities as they explore the questions of "Who Am I" and "Who Do I Want To Be" both in and out of the classroom.

"The Learning Communities really capture and combine the two most important parts of college life: education and student cooperation.  By living together, students form strong relationships that extend beyond the classroom, into the residence halls, and gave me a better college experience." (Matt, Class of 2013)

First-Year Learning Communities at Villanova University

Students in a Learning Community . . .

  • Take their The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS, a class all freshmen take) with students from their residence hall
  • Live together in a freshman hall, usually on south campus
  • Sign up for a THEME, which will be explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets in the residence hall each week
  • Experience
    • close community in the residence hall
    • engaged classroom discussions in ACS
    • deep friendships and a feeling of community
    • skill development and informed discussion on the theme of your community

Learn more about the Learning Communities and Themes

Alumna Receives Fellowship

Alumna Receives Fellowship

An alumna of the Environmental Leadership Learning Community, Natalie Flinn, '14, has received a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency Fellowship.  The Fellowship includes tuition assistance for junior and senior years at Villanova, research funds to support her ongoing research project on campus (which studies the effects of snowmelt chemicals on campus trees and plants), and a paid internship with the EPA in summer 2013.

Congratulations to Natalie for her ongoing leadership in campus sustainability and for obtaining this excellent Fellowship.  In addition to winning this Fellowship, Natalie is a member of the Villanova University President's Environmental Sustainability Committee, and will be conducting research this summer in Alberta, Canada.

Named An "Exemplary Program" by U.S. News and World Report.

Questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Byrnes, 610-519-4248

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