About the Orientation Program

Orientation Staff 2010

New Student Orientaiton is designed to introduce students to the broad concept of what it means to be a Villanovan. During the four days, students will participate in programs, presentations, and activities designed to familiarize them with both academic and student life at Villanova. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Academic Deans, faculty, staff who will answer questions, address concerns, and highlight the wide variety of services and activities available at Villanova.

OUR ORIENTATION STAFF                 

New students are divided into 76 groups and led through the four day program by an Orientation Counselor, or OC.  These student leaders are carefully selected for their positions in the spring and participate in an extensive training program in August designed to prepare them for their responsibilities.

20 students are selected in the spring to be Administrative Assistants, or AA's, and work behind the scenes for the program. They go through the same training as the OC's, however, they do not have a group during the four day program.

Students who have transferred into Villanova have the option of applying to be a Transfer Counselor to new transfer students.  They follow a similar schedule as the new students, but through a slightly different lens given they already have college experience. They make sure our new transfers feel as welcomed into Nova Nation as they did just a semester or two ago! 

The Mission of the New Student Orientation Program is to welcome new students into all aspects of University life: academic, communal, spiritual and social. 

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Developing programs where new students learn about educational opportunities available to them both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Informing students of pertinent issues and resources on campus.
  • Encouraging interaction and friendship among both new students and upper class students in order for them to become an integral part of Villanova University's community and tradition.
  • Training a diverse staff of current students who facilitate the new students' transition into all aspects of university life.