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Welcome from Assistant Dean Catherine Feminella

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Welcome to your new home!

On behalf of the Office of Residence Life, welcome to Widener University’s residence halls and your new home away from home!

It is our pleasure to have you as a member of our residential community. Whether you are a resident student or a commuter, you are bound to spend time in our residence halls. Our residence halls are a vibrant and exciting part of campus life.

We strive to create a comfortable living environment and design our residence life program to provide opportunities for cultural, recreational, social, and academic growth. We encourage our students to contribute to our community by being open to different ways of life and teach others about their own lifestyles and background. In addition, there are programs and opportunities in our halls that will enable you to develop valuable leadership skills.

We are committed to making on-campus living a lasting influence on our students’ development.  From organized activities sponsored by residence hall staff and the Residence Hall Association, to spontaneous informal gatherings, we emphasize developing an individual’s sense of responsibility while at the same time encouraging personal growth.

Our housing policy is designed to support the success of our students. Students who live on campus have been found to have better grades, higher graduation rates, and easier access to campus resources, which enhances their experience. Therefore, all freshmen, sophomore, and junior full-time students must reside on campus unless they qualify for commuter status. 

The staff members who work for Widener University’s Office of Residence Life are committed to assisting you to resolve any concerns that may arise during your time living on campus. Our live-in staff includes area coordinators, resident directors, and resident assistants. They serve as valuable resources and are trained to assist you in a variety of situations. Please do not hesitate to contact them or any staff in the central office in the University Center if you need assistance.

We hope that your time with us will be fulfilling and enjoyable and that we can support you in achieving your goals as a member of the Widener University community.

We look forward to seeing you at summer registration and welcoming you to your new home!

Catherine Feminella, MEd
Assistant Dean for Student Development and Engagement