Villanova and Service
When you become a Villanovan, you join a community that performs more than 220,000 hours of service each year. True to its Catholic, Augustinian tradition, the University encourages students, faculty and staff to engage in service experiences and research, both locally and globally, so they learn from others, provide public service to the community and help create a more sustainable world. You wouldn’t expect anything less from a university whose Patron Saint, St. Thomas of Villanova was known as the “father of the poor.” A man of great kindness and intellect, St. Thomas rose to become a regional superior within the Augustinian Order. He sought to empower all people to better their own lives.
There are more than 250 student organizations at Villanova, and many of them are focused on service. Whether it’s serving the Greater Philadelphia area through the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service or serving the globe through unique programs like Water for Waslala, Villanovans put their Augustinian ideals into action and reflect on the meaning of service.