Frequently Asked Questions

What is Freshman Orientation?

Freshman Orientation is a 4-day mandatory event for new students. Throughout orientation students have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about Widener University’s culture, resources and polices.

Is Freshman Orientation required?

Yes, Freshman Orientation is required for all first-year undergraduate students.

I’m a transfer student and went through orientation at my last university. Am I required to attend orientation at Widener?

Every school is different, so we encourage transfer students to attend orientation to learn about the services that Widener University offers to our community.

Transfer students are placed in two categories. Admissions will inform incoming transfer students of their assigned category by the end of June.

Group Description Participation Check-In Date
A Pride Experience Two Required August 23-26
B Transfer Transition Optional, student's choice August 19

Is there a schedule of events?

New students can preview the tentative Fall Orientation schedule online before coming to campus or read a description of what to expect each day. Students will receive a final schedule during check-in.

Is there a special schedule for commuter students?

Yes! Commuters will have the majority of their sessions with residential students, but there will be certain sessions tailored to their needs. The Commuter schedule accommodates their need for potential evening travel.

I’m concerned about my housing assignment. Where can I learn more about this process?

Questions regarding housing can be directed to the Residence Life/Housing Office. All housing and moving-in associated questions can be directed to this office.

I’m a parent, how long do parents stay for orientation?

Families are welcome to help their students check-in. All other sessions are for students only.

I forgot to complete my Alcohol EDU survey! What can I do?

Alcohol EDU is a required on-line survey that assesses your attitudes about alcohols and other drugs. For more information please contact the Student Health Services or the Residence Life/ Housing Office.

How is Summer Registration different from Fall Orientation?

During Summer Registration, the main goals are 1) to select classes, 2) complete placement testing and 3) learn what to expect in the fall during Orientation. Fall Orientation is your official welcome to the campus community. You will make new friends while learning about campus resources, academic and community expectations and how to make the most of your Widener experience!

How should I prepare to come to Fall Orientation?

    • Attend Summer Registration (unless otherwise directed by Admissions).

    • Obtain your parking decal and Campus1 Card at Lipka Hall

    • Resident students should review housing assignment, list of approved items for residence halls and check-in times

  • Commuters should dress for inclement weather for travel to campus
    • Commuters are eligible to eat in the cafeteria during Orientation.

    • Ensure your employment does not conflict with the Orientation schedule; work conflicts are not a valid excuse for missing orientation. Students who miss orientation will be required to participate in a make-up session on a weekend in September.

  • Bring a positive attitude and an open mind! Remember this is your first impression on your new peers.