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:

November 11: Last Day for Authorized Withdrawal (WX)

November 24: Thanksgiving Break begins after last class

November 30: Classes Resume

December 8: Deemed a Friday Class Day and will follow a Friday Schedule for UG Day only classes

December 10: Final Day of classes

December 11: Reading Day

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


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 2nd and 3rd floors of the Villanova Stadium pressbox. 


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

On Sunday, November 8th Study Hall will be located in Bartley 2045 from 4-10pm.

October's 2015 Student-Athlete of the Month

Jordyn Clipstone

Congratulations to Jordyn Clipstone of the Women’s Field Hockey team for being named October’s Student-Athlete of the Month!  The student-athlete of the month is chosen each month by the university's Awards Committee that looks at the accomplishments of each athlete in the classroom and in their respective sport

Clipstone, who is a native of Harare Zimbabwe, was named to the Zimbabwe National Field Hockey team at the end of September.  She played for the national team from October 23rd until November 1st.  She will rejoin the team just in time to head to the BIG EAST Tournament for the weekend of November 6th through the 8th in Norfolk Virginia. 

This season Clipstone has seen action in two games in the net for the Wildcats.  She has played over 42 minutes and has seven saves for a save percentage of .583.  During her freshman year, Clipstone started every game in goal; she finished with 117 saves and over 1200 minutes in goal. 

At Villanova Clipstone is a Biology major with a focus in the pre-veterinarian studies and boasts a 3.387 GPA.  She hopes to take her degree back with her to Zimbabwe and work there as a veterinarian in the wildlife.

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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