Family Weekend

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September 25-27, 2020

Family Weekend is a special time when parents and families of new students, and not so new students, get to visit the campus with the start of a new semester. For your planning purposes, Family Weekend Events begin with early bird sessions on Friday afternoon and conclude Sunday afternoon. We are excited to welcome parents and families to campus for a variety of exciting activities and events and hope to see you!

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Family Weekend 2019 Highlights 

Previous Year Friday Schedule of Events

  • Information Table from Noon until 5:00pm in the Connelly Center 
  • Experience a Villanova Classroom
  • Take tours of campus
  • Nova Nights Family style including an A Capella Showcase, on campus movies, and dessert reception. 
Previous Year Saturday Schedule of Events
  • Junior Ring Blessing on Saturday Morning. Reserve your seat by visiting
  • Family Weekend Information Sessions
  • Welcome from Our University President
  • Villanova Football Game vs Maine at 3:30pm. 
  • John Mulaney in the Finneran Pavilion for Villanova students and families. 

Previous Year Sunday Schedule of Events

What is the best time to arrive to Villanova?

Please check our schedule of events. Our first event usually begins Friday afternoon for the Classroom Experience sessions but you are free to arrive to campus as early as you like and explore our campus for ALL that it has to offer.

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How do you determine the Family Weekend date?

The Family Weekend date varies every year, depending on the home football schedule, Fall Break, and other events throughout the Fall Semester. Families have indicated to us they want Family Weekend to be on a football Saturday. As a result, we have a limited number of fall weekends to select from that does not conflict with Homecoming, or major holidays.

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Where can I go on campus to eat?


Dining Hall Hours and Prices will be announced soon!

Please visit Dining Services for more information.

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What are the parking options?

For Family Weekend, parking is free and available in the I-1 garage (located on the south east corner of Ithan and Lancaster Ave), I-2 (south campus parking lot), L-2 parking lot (located parallel to Lancaster Ave), L-3 bridge parking lot (located next to St Thomas Way and the bridge), or S-4 garage (located off of Spring Mill Road / Route 320). Click here for a map of campus parking

Villanova University campus is private property. Section 3353 of the Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania allows the towing of unauthorized vehicles from private property. Towing may take place 24 hours a day. Vehicles may be moved to facilitate the removal of snow under the auspices of the Facilities Management Office.

Villanova University provides for handicapped parking through the use of approved signage and space marking. Only those individuals who have an authorized placard or state issued handicapped license plate may occupy such spaces. 


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Can you help me navigate campus?

Please feel free to utilize and download this map to navigate your way around campus.

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Taking the train?

If you decide to use the train guests should consider using the R5 Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail service to Villanova station or the R100 High Speed Trolley service to the Stadium or Villanova stops. Visit the SEPTA website to map your trip.

Septa can be a great option if you want to explore surrounding Philadelphia areas as well!

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Can I park in the SEPTA lot?

There is a meter for parking but under no circumstances should an individual park in either of the two SEPTA lots adjacent to the campus. The SEPTA lots are NOT University parking areas. SEPTA tows all unauthorized vehicles without paying meter fares.

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How can I stay up to date on Family Weekend Events?

Please download Family Weekend Guidebook as an app on your phone for schedule, changes, maps, discounts and more!

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Do I need to purchase tickets for Family Weekend activities?

No. Family Weekend activities are FREE for ALL to enjoy unless otherwise noted on schedule. Ticketed events may be purchased on

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Are siblings or other family and friends welcome to attend programming?

Absolutely! The entire weekend is designed to be family friendly. This weekend is for the whole family. Grandparents, brothers, sisters, and all relatives are welcome to attend!

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What's the weather going to be like?

Fall in Villanova is usually in the high-80s to low-70s.

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Can you help us find a hotel?

The best way to find a hotel room is to check the hotel information listed on the Visit Villanova webpage. We offer a list of local hotels as well as those in the Philadelphia area.

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What is Junior Ring Blessing?

Students in the class of 2021 who purchased a ring will receive their class rings and will take part in a blessing led by a member of our Villanova Community. Free continental breakfast will be provided for all attendees and plenty of time will be left for you to connect with other families present. 



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Can I still purchase a ring?

If your student has not already ordered their Villanova Ring, there is one last chance to order from the Balfour Rep. While there will not be a guarantee of receiving the ring in time for the Blessing, your student will still be able to participate in the event. Please sign up on

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What Is Senior Breakfast?

Graduating Seniors and their families are invited to enjoy this annual tradition which features a breakfast buffet and remarks by Jay Wright, Villanova Men's Head Basketball Coach. This event will be held at the Drexelbrook, Drexel Hill, PA on Sunday, the 29th at 8:30am.  Dress code is business or smart casual. 

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Do students and families need to purchase tickets for the Senior Breakfast?

Yes, all those that plan to attend (which includes students) should purchase a ticket for this event.

Will our seats be together for the breakfast? Seniors must visit the Office of Student Involvement (102 Dougherty Hall) beginning in September to sign up for seating assignments. Students who do not sign up for a table by will be randomly assigned to a table.

For directions to Drexelbrook Catering, please go to:

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Who do I contact if I have a question?

Please contact the Office of Student Involvement with any questions at or 610-519-4211.

For current information and updates on Family Weekend events, click here.

For additional information regarding parking, please feel free to contact the Parking Office at 610-519-6989 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm).

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Where do I purchase football tickets?

The Villanova Athletics Ticket Office is located at the main entrance of Finneran Pavilion. You can also reach the ticket office by telephone (610-519-4100) or email ( Villanova Athletics is offering a special Family Weekend offer ($5 off). Click here to purchase

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For more information about Family Weekend, contact:
Office of Student Involvement
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085