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Villanova’s Civitas through Caritas Summer Program


Civitas through Caritas: Cultivating Love, Cultivating Citizens” is a no-cost summer program hosted by Villanova University’s Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Villanova’s signature course for all first-year students.

It includes:
• a three-week free summer program that provides an opportunity for 16 rising high school seniors from greater Philadelphia area schools to engage in civic conversation through a foundation in the liberal arts.
• an opportunity to continue those conversations with peers and faculty mentors once a month throughout the academic year.
• a jumpstart on your college application process, including one-on-one mentoring and guidance for navigating the Common App and for drafting college essays.


The program is open to rising high school seniors in the greater Philadelphia area. The program is committed to recruiting students who are from under-served and under-represented groups, with significant financial need and/or other barriers to higher education.