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Letter to New Students

Dear Student and Parents,

We hope you have submitted a photo of yourself for your Villanova Wildcard. If you did not submit your photo, please do so by going to

What is your Wildcard? The Villanova University Wildcard is your one card solution on campus and off. Sure, it is your official ID card, but it also has great added conveniences guaranteed to make your life easier. To better explain the Wildcard program to you, please watch the videos found on the Wildcard website.

After viewing the videos, some of the most common asked questions are:

  • When do I get my Wildcard? You get your Wildcard when you check into your residence hall or if you are a commuter you will get it during orientation. If you are a part time student you will need to pick your Wildcard up at the Wildcard Office.
  • Can I get my Wildcard early? Unfortunately, no.
  • What is the average deposit made to the Nova Bucks™ account? For full time students, Financial Aid recommends $1000 a semester which includes books. Don’t forget you get a 5% discount in the bookstore when you make a purchase with your Nova Bucks™ account.
  • What is the best way to make a deposit into the Nova Bucks™ account? We strongly recommend that you make your deposit BEFORE you arrive at Villanova in August. The lines tend to get very long. The best way is to use our web-site. By using this web-site you can add funds to your Nova Bucks™ account, check your Nova Bucks™ balances and view your recent transactions. Your friends and family can even add value through the online deposit feature. Your funds will be available as soon as you get your Wildcard. If you would like your parents to have access to this account, you can grant them permission through the guest access icon. Also, you still have the option of sending in your deposit simply by filling out a deposit slip found here. Please postmark your deposit at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. Your Nova Bucks™ account will be credited and ready for you to use when you receive your Wildcard.

There you have it, some big features on a little card. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact the Wildcard office at 610-519-6202 and we will be happy to help you. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you in August.


Kathy Gallagher
Director, Wildcard
University Card Systems


University Helpdesk

Call Us: 610-519-7777
M-Th 8am-10pm
F 8am-5pm
Sa-Su 12pm-8pm

Walk-ins: Falvey Library, First Floor
M-Th 9am-7pm
F 9am-5pm

TechZone @ The Commons
Dobbin Hall
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F 8am-5pm
Sa-Su 12pm-8pm

School of Law Helpdesk

Call Us: 610-519-7700
Walk-ins: Law Library Rm 104
M-F 9am-5pm

Classroom Technologies Hotline


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