A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Program

Villanova University (PA)

The A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Program at Villanova University ((Advising, Counseling, Tutoring, Information to enhance the Villanova Experience) aids the transition of first- and second-year students into the Villanova community. While the program is open to all students, the university actively seeks students who identify with a "cultural" population or NOS (not otherwise stated).

A pre-orientation program, while open to all first-year and transfer undergraduate students, specifically targets those students who are: a) first-generation college students; b) socially defined as minorities who are most likely to become targets of oppression, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; c) members of racial/ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in America's educational system; and d) high financial need.

Services include but are not limited to: a) free lending library; b) free tutors; c) academic and financial advising; d) social/professional/personal counseling; e) social outings; f) professional development opportunities; g) open, and safe discussions; h) programs that address transition difficulties; i) life coach; j) service break trips; k) a mentor.

Funding comes from the institution.

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