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New Student Orientation Programs

Welcome to Widener University! Our New Student Orientation Programs will introduce our new undergraduate students (freshman and new transfer students) to the wide array of academic, intellectual, leadership, cultural, and social experiences available at Widener. New students will attend a number of engaging programs during Orientation and learn what it is to become part of the Widener Pride! The accompanying pages will guide you through the basic information needed to successfully attend an Orientation program.

Pride Experience I: Summer Registration

Incoming first-year students will attend a one-day Summer Registration session in June or July. Accepted students will receive information from the Office of Admissions on which dates are available and how to sign up for your preferred session. During Summer Registration, students will register for Fall courses, meet fellow classmates and CREW Leaders, and make final preparations to arrive in August. Parents and families will attend a separate Orientation session just for them. Lunch will be provided for students and families.

Summer Registration sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017

Please review the Summer Registration schedule. (Please Note: The times and location on the schedule are subject to change.) A final copy of the Summer Registration schedule will be provided during the check-in process.

To register for a session, please visit the Summer Registration page.

Pre-Orientation Programs

Start your first year with new friends, early arrival on campus, and the confidence to succeed before school starts!

The Division of Student Affairs offers three distinct pre-orientation programs that will:

  • Build your friend network with incoming and upper classmates
  • Ease you into life at Widener University and assist with transition into college
  • Expose the multitude of possibilities awaiting you here at Widener University

If you would like to know more, please visit the Pre-Orientation Program information page.

Pride Experience II: Fall Orientation

Our Fall Orientation program is designed to help all students make a smooth transition into college. All first-year students are required to attend Fall Orientation in August.

During the Orientation Program, students will attend a series of academic and co-curricular events aimed to prepare students for a successful experience at Widener University.

New students will be guided through each day of Orientation by their assigned CREW Leader. CREW Leaders are upperclassmen student leaders who are invested in the success of your first year at Widener and trained to assist with your transition into Widener.

Fall Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 22 – Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Spring Orientation

The Spring Orientation Program is designed to help prepare you for success at Widener University, and connect you with important resources and professional staff that will aid in your transition to university life. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other students going through the same experiences as you. Together, you will further learn about a variety of opportunities that Widener offers inside and outside of the classroom. Many new adventures await you!

Spring Orientation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in University Center Room C. Learn more about the Spring Orientation schedule.