Learning Communities for First Year Students

Getting the most out of your First Year of College

Learning Communities are Villanova's mission and values in action:
Learning... Living... Exploring


Our Learning Communities for first-year students, allow students to learn, grow, and form communities as they explore the questions of "Who Am I" and "Who Do I Want To Be" both in and out of the classroom.

"The Learning Communities really capture and combine the two most important parts of college life: education and student cooperation.  By living together, students form strong relationships that extend beyond the classroom, into the residence halls, and gave me a better college experience."
(Matt, Class of 2013)

First-Year Learning Communities at Villanova University

Students in a Learning Community . . .

  • Take their The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS, a class all freshmen take) with students from their residence hall
  • Live together in a freshman hall, usually on south campus
  • Sign up for a THEME, which will be explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets in the residence hall each week
  • Experience
    • close community in the residence hall
    • engaged classroom discussions in ACS
    • deep friendships and a feeling of community
    • skill development and informed discussion on the theme of your community

Learn more about the Learning Communities and Themes

Art & Culture

Faith & Reason



Global Community


Healthy Living

Named An "Exemplary Program" by U.S. News and World Report.

Questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Byrnes, 610-519-4248

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