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Boettner Hall

Student Residence Policy

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All Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors Live on Campus Unless They Qualify for Commuter Status

Living on campus provides students with unmatched access to resources and activities leading to better grades, higher graduation rates, and more time with friends! See the FAQs page for more information about the housing policy.

Constructed in 1991, Boettner Hall was designed to provide traditional university housing for upperclassmen who desire to live with just one roommate.

Located on 15th Street between Providence Avenue and Walnut Street, the co-ed, air-conditioned building accommodates approximately 60 students in double rooms on three floors.

The building features lounges, laundry facilities, and community bathrooms. 

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions are 11'7" x 17'6"
  • Windows measure 5'8" x 3'6"
  • Air-conditioned building
  • Wall lighting fixtures, no carpet
  • Furniture: two XL beds, two desks, two chairs, one dresser, and two armoires
  • Connectivity: Campus-wide WiFi, two Ethernet ports, and one cable television output
  • Furniture and room layout may vary

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About Joseph Boettner


Joseph Emery Boettner was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended the Evening School of Accounts and Balances at the University of Pennsylvania. Boettner worked in the life insurance business since 1922 and later became the president of the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company.

In January 1975, Widener College elected Boettner to serve on its Board of Trustees. He established the Chair of Financial Gerontology at Widener University to develop the interdisciplinary coursework necessary to apply the findings of the Institute of Financial Gerontology to everyday life. In 1980, Widener presented Boettner with an honorary degree in commercial sciences. Boettner died on October 27, 1994.