The academic program at Villanova is challenging, but very well designed. In particular, the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) offers students a leg-up in university preparation, greatly narrowing the academic gap between Grade 12 and the first year of university. Many AP courses are also offered in Grade 12, giving students an opportunity to experience the level of independent learning and initiative required to succeed in university. The main focus of Villanova College is to prepare its students for university, and I can certainly say from my experience that I was very prepared. Like any student body, there are a variety of students with different attitudes about academics, some more serious than others, but, overall, the students care about doing well in school.