Office of Residence Life
- University Center, Main Level
- tel: 610-499-4390
- Administrative Assistant
Mary Kate Schiff
- Interim Director
- Assistant Dean for Student Development and Engagement
Some Friendly Advice
Political science major Jamar Phillips '14 urges incoming freshmen to get involved and take advantage of their time in college.
Climbing to the Top
RA Michelle Callaghan '13 brought her residents to the Wellness Center so they could try their hands at scaling Widener's 24-foot rock wall.
There's a great reason why we don't call our residence halls "dorms."
That word comes from the Latin dormire, which means "to sleep." When you live on campus, you get way more out of your housing than just a place to nod off. You get a vibrant, diverse community filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with your peers.
The truth is that you get a home away from home, with all the conveniences of living within a short walking distance — 15 minutes or less — from academic buildings, faculty offices, the Dining Hall, our state-of-the-art Wellness Center, and other campus resources.
You'll live in one of four distinct communities carefully designed to promote and foster your intellectual, spiritual, social, cultural, and emotional development. With the help of our Resident Assistants, you'll also have the chance to participate in programs ranging from those teaching study tips to programs that promote health and well-being.
As a freshman, you will also have the option to live in one of our specialized Living-Learning Communities, which offer an amazing alternative to traditional on-campus living arrangements. We have individual communities for nursing, engineering, business, and honors students, as well as one focused on leadership and civic engagement.
Let's not forget all the fun you'll have! When you live on campus, you get to bust a move at dance parties, go on day trips to Philly, play laser tag with friends, and sing your heart out at karaoke nights.