Opening Day Morning Events (Optional)

Opening Day Overview
Saturday, August 19

Opening Day events will include the University Welcome, meetings for parents and students with both Academic Colleges and Orientation Counselors, Parents Info Sessions and Resource Fair, Family Picnic and Opening Mass. The parent programs will end Saturday evening after the Family Picnic. New students will continue with the Orientation program Saturday night through Tuesday evening. 

Orientation officially begins at 1:15 pm with the University Welcome.


9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Connelly Plaza

Stop by the Parents Resource Fair and meet campus administrators and staff from a variety of offices to learn more about the University and its services.  

** Times/locations subject to change!!

9:00–9:45 a.m. Academics at Villanova: Challenges and Resources
Connelly Center, Villanova Room

New Students are making a big educational transition from high school student to college student. The expectations are different, but Villanova has a lot of resources to help students make the adjustment. This workshop describes the issues students face, the services available to help them and what parents can do to support their student.

9:00 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Majors and Careers
Driscoll Hall, Room 132

New students have questions about academic and career choices and frequently turn to their parents for guidance. Decisions and timing can make a big difference in defining and achieving success. This workshop offers some perspectives on majors and careers, a four year plan, professional development services, and how parents can support their students.

9–9:45 a.m. Peaks & Pitfalls of the 1st Year:
How Parents Can Help with the Transition to College Life

Connelly Center, Cinema

New Students are suddenly faced with a whole new world. How do they adjust to their new surroundings? How might they handle new people, new habits, new diet, and new challenges that they will face as a college freshman? How can they get involved on campus? This workshop addresses how parents can support and encourage their children through the transition to college life. *Most beneficial for first-time parents of a college student.


10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Academic Advising in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Connelly Center, Cinema

How does a college faculty advisor differ from a high school guidance counselor? What role do faculty advisors play in the experience of CLAS students? How can parents contribute to the academic advising process? In this session, we will discuss the role of academic advising in helping students to make a smooth transition into college and in supporting them as they make important educational decisions. Faculty advisors from the Arts and Sciences divisions of the CLAS will be on hand to explain their work and answer parents’ questions.

10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. Leaving Home: An Emotionally Challenging Time for Freshmen AND Parents
Connelly Center, Villanova Room

When a son or daughter goes off to college everyone in the family is impacted. Being available and supportive, while also encouraging the college student’s growing independence, can be a challenge, especially when parents are going through their own adjustment process. Counseling Center staff will describe the normal range of reactions that parents may experience when a daughter or son leaves home. We will suggest strategies that help both parents and students negotiate this important family life transition.

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. Parents Panel Discussion
Driscoll Hall, Room 132

Learn first hand what it is like to be a parent of a Villanova student from other parents! This panel discussion will feature parents of current students sharing their own stories about being a part of the Villanova parent community and give our newest families the opportunity to ask questions.

10:15 a.m.-11 a.m. Partnering with Parents on Issues of Surrounding Alcohol and Sexual Misconduct
Connelly Center, President's Lounge

The drinking culture and sexual misconduct are critically important topics on college campuses nationwide.  Villanova University wants to partner with parents because we know that nationally 77% of college students identify parents as their leading influence to assist them in navigating their transition to college.  Please join the Dean of Students and the Title IX Coordinator for a discussion about Villanova’s approach to these issues, understanding the terminology and data, separating perceptions from reality, and how parents can help their sons or daughters remain safe while at Villanova.


11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Are you new here? Unveiling the Hidden Costs/Benefits for Parents of First Generation Students
Driscoll Hall, Room 132

This session is highly recommended for first-time parents of a college student, as well as parents of a student who is the first in their famly to attend college. Today's employers and graduate schools highly value opportunities beyond the classroom that expand students' networks, perspectives, and develop them into thoughtful leaders and global citizens.  Learn how opportunities such as study abroad, service trips, research, internships, and the marketability of majors from Engineering to English can enrich your student's college experience and professional success.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Augustinian Connections
Connelly Center, President's Lounge

This dynamic and lively presentation describes the history of Villanova and its Augustinian Heritage. Parents will learn more about how the teachings of Saint Thomas of Villanova and Saint Augustine are reflected in campus life today.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 a.m. Health Services at Villanova
Connelly Center, Cinema

The college years present an opportunity for students to learn about how to maintain optimal overall wellness. This workshop describes common challenges students encounter with regard to making healthy lifestyle choices and addressing medical concerns. We will acquaint parents with campus resources, with a focus on the Student Health Center and Health Promotion.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Staying Safe on Campus
Connelly Center, Villanova Room

Villanova University is concerned about the safety and welfare of its students, faculty and staff, and visitors, and is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. This workshop will discuss some of the policies and procedures in place that are designed to help protect students on campus. Presenters will also discuss some of the precautions and everyday things students can do themselves to ensure their own safety and the safety of their belongings.

Orientation Programs

Students attend programs throughout the day, including workshops on:

  • Academics
  • New Student Concerns
  • Social Life and College
  • Campus Ministry Programs
  • History of Villanova and its
    Augustinian Tradition
  • College Life, a small group discussion
    with a member of the faculty
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness

and much more!

A detailed Opening Day Schedule with specific times and locations will be mailed in August.

Orientation activities involving parents are on August 19 only.

Orientation App

Technology Services