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Thayer 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.

Thayer Hall is part of the first-year quad area and was built in 1962. The building houses approximately 100 first-year students on single-sex floors. Sometimes home to Widener's Honors Program in General Education living learning community, the co-ed building also features air-conditioning, lounge spaces, laundry facilities, a study room, and a vending area.

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions are 11'10" x 12'3"
  • Windows measure 4'4" x 3'1"
  • Air-conditioned building
  • Rooms feature overhead lighting, 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 Clarence Thayer


Clarence H. Thayer was born on January 15, 1898 in Stockton, California. At the age of 14, Thayer dropped out of school to work in a furniture-manufacturing firm, but supplemented his education through correspondence courses in mechanical engineering, architecture, English, and industrial management.

When World War I erupted, Thayer enlisted in the Engineer Corps in 1917. He served in the 26th Regiment until his discharge in June 1919. After the war, he resumed his job as a draftsman at Standard Oil Company of California and quickly began his rise through the company.

Thayer's association with Pennsylvania Military College began on January 8, 1953 with his election to the Board of Trustees. He served on the board during one of the rockiest periods in school history, the transition from PMC to Widener College. He died of lung cancer at the age of 78.