Academic Support for Athletics



Our mission in the Office of Academic Support for Athletics is to provide supplemental academic support for all varsity student-athletes at Villanova University in a manner that addresses their unique academic needs. 

Primary academic advising and support are received from the faculty advisor assigned to each student-athlete from his or her home college, school or department. Academic progress will be monitored constantly to assure that NCAA and university rules and regulations are met and progress is being made towards graduation. The Academic Support staff will act as a liaison between the academic and athletic communities and address any problems that may arise. The Tutorial Assistance Program and the Tiered Mentoring Program, provided by the Office of Academic Support, insure academic success for all student-athletes.

Important Dates:

December 12-18: Final Examinations (No exams Sunday, Dec. 13)

December 21: Final Grades are due by Noon.

January 11: First day of Spring Classes

January 29: Last day for submission of work to remove incomplete ("N") grade.


Final Exams are Saturday, December 12 - Friday, December 18.  Please check the final exam schedule to verify the date, time and location of your finals FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The ARC is located on the 3rd floor of the Villanova Stadium pressbox. 


  • Sunday-Thursday:  4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Writing Tutor:  Sunday-Thursday:  7:00pm-10:00pm

November's 2015 Student-Athlete of the Month

Patrick Tiernan


Junior cross country runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) has been named the Office of Academic Support Student-Athlete of the Month for November as a result of his accomplishments both in athletic competition and academically. Tiernan previously received the same honor last year during the cross country season.

During the month of November, Tiernan was the individual champion at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the runner-up at the NCAA Championships. His finish at the national meet was the best by a Villanova runner in more than 40 years and also made him only the third cross country athlete in school history to be a three-time All-American. Tiernan set a school record for a 10,000 meter course at the NCAA Championships when he crossed the finish line in 29:11.1 to break a mark which had stood since the 1979 national meet.

The individual title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional was the second in three years for Tiernan, who was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year for the second time. He cruised to a margin of victory of more than 25 seconds in the regional race and the first place finish was his fifth consecutive win and 10th in 17 collegiate cross country starts.

Prior to the two NCAA meets at the end of the season, Tiernan won his third consecutive BIG EAST individual crown in October. He became the first male runner in conference history to win three career individual cross country titles and, in the process, set both a meet record and a school record for an 8,000 meter course with a time of 22:23.2. Tiernan broke his own Villanova standard of 23:00 which he had set at the Washington Invitational last season. Earlier in the 2015 campaign, Tiernan had won races at the Main Line Invitational, Paul Short Run and Princeton Invitational.

Tiernan is a combined six-time All-American and seven-time BIG EAST champion between the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons. He has excelled at an equally high level in the classroom, where he is a Mathematics major. Tiernan’s previous academic awards include being named to both the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and the BIG EAST All-Academic Team for the 2013-14 academic year, as well as being chosen for the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area squad for cross country last season.


Jessica Wamala

Jessica Wamala of Women's Basketball Earns the Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Jessica Wamala was one of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars recipients. Jessica joins Nnenna Lynch and Becky Spies as the only other Villanova student-athletes to receive the award. In May of 2013, Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in Political Science, Arab and Islamic studies, and Global Interdisciplinary Studies. In May 2014, Jessica received her MA in Political Science. Prior to receiving the Rhodes Scholarship, Jessica received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Jessica was also a Rangel Scholar and interned at the US Embassy Belgrade in Serbia, as well as the State Department Office’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Jessica also does substantial volunteering with the homeless in Philadelphia.

Jessica was a member of the Women’s Basketball team and was co-captain of the team in 2013-14. Jessica will be studying modern middle eastern studies at the University of Oxford in England to prepare for a career in Foreign Service as a political officer. 

Contact Us

Villanova University
Academic Support for Athletics

Jake Nevin Fieldhouse
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.7719
Fax: 610.519.6884

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