Sophomore Service Learning Community

The Sophomore Service Learning Community consists of sophomore students from all four colleges at Villanova University living together in a community centered on making a difference in the world. Students are encouraged to think and discuss--in the residence hall, classroom and in small groups-- issues concerning the poor and underserved communities.

Second semester freshman-year students are selected on the basis of application and interview to live in Alumni Hall. They’re required to enroll in a course in both the fall and spring semesters designated for the Sophomore Learning Community. Students also participate in a for-credit seminar, “Fourth Hour Reflections,” facilitated by professional staff and student leaders to examine the causes and structures in society, which keep people poor.

Through service opportunities on campus and in the greater Philadelphia area, they bring classroom experiences and Augustinian values to life. Members of the community spend 3 to 4 hours each week mentoring a child or teen, tutoring in classrooms and after-school programs, teaching adult literacy, and teaching Peer Mediation to elementary school children or high school students. They also participate in Community Nights, evenings of reflection celebration dinners, New Student Orientation and the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service.