Office of Student Life
- University Center, Lower Level
- tel: 610-499-4411
- fax: 610-499-1275
- Assistant Dean for Student Life
- tel: 610-499-4411
- fax: 610-499-1275
Pride Experience II: Fall Orientation
So long summer – and hello new school year!
Fall Orientation, also known as Pride Experience II, is your official welcome to Widener University.
Directly following freshman move-in, this multi-day event gives students the opportunity to meet new classmates, get connected to campus resources, and make a smooth transition into college.
Orientation Event Information
Mandatory Dates: Tuesday, August 21 – Friday, August 24, 2018
Optional Dates: Saturday, August 25 – Sunday, August 26, 2018
- Is Fall Orientation required?
- How do I register and is there a cost?
- Can my family also attend?
- When do I move into my residence hall if I am living on campus?
- What is the schedule of events?
- What do I need to do to prepare for orientation?
- I'm a transfer student, what should I know?
- I'm a commuter student, what should I know?
- Where should I park for orientation?
- What happens if I miss orientation?
Fall Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen as well as some transfer students depending on the credits transferred from their previous institution.
Pre-registration is not required. All incoming students will officially register once they arrive to campus for freshman check-in. Each new student is required to pay a one-time orientation fee, which appear on your first semester bill. The orientation fee covers all costs associated with the orientation program, including materials, ID cards, and staffing.
Families are welcome to help their students check in and move into their residence halls, if living on campus. All orientation sessions are for students only and parents are encouraged to depart campus by 4:00 p.m. after move-in.
Visit the check-in page for general move-in information. If you will be participating in a Pre-Orientation Experience, NCAA Division III Athletic program, or other program, please refer to the move-in schedule provided by your program coordinator or head coach.
Below is a general overview of activities that are subject to change. Students will receive the official orientation schedule during check-in.
Tuesday: The day starts with student check-in at the University Center. Freshman living on campus then move into their residence halls with the help of Widener staff and students. Welcome remarks are delivered by President Wollman, followed by a BBQ celebration.
Friday: New Student Convocation is a joyous occasion that marks the beginning of the academic career for all incoming students. Following Convocation, new students will attend advising sessions and have the opportunity to connect with their academic advisors and fellow classmates in the same major. Additional Pride Night festivities will be held later in the evening.
Wednesday & Thursday: Students spend the next two days getting adjusted to campus and learning about the university mission through workshops, seminars, and activities led by CREW leaders and orientation staff. Entertainment will be provided for opportunities to get to know new classmates.
Saturday & Sunday: (optional) Planned activities are available on campus, including bus trips to the King of Prussia Mall and Wal-Mart. Students can spend the day decorating their rooms and preparing for class. CREW leaders will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions and assist students with their preparation for the first week of classes. The annual Welcome Back Bash will be held on Sunday for all Widener students.
- Attend Summer Registration in June or July.
- Obtain your parking permit decal and Campus1Card at Lipka Hall.
- Review your housing assignment, list of items to bring, and check-in times.
- Complete the Alcohol EDU and HAVEN health and safety courses. Information detailing how to complete both courses will be emailed to incoming students prior to orientation at their Widener University email accounts.
All transfer students are required to complete an orientation program based on the number of credits earned before entering Widener. As a transfer student, you may be required to attend Fall Orientation or Transfer Transitions depending on the credits transferring from your previous institution. The Office of Admissions will notify you by the end of June which orientation program you are required to attend.
In addition to general Fall Orientation programming for new students, there are a few sessions tailored for commuter students that accommodates any potential need for evening travel. Please review the freshman check-in page for times and dates for commuter student check-in.
Please review the Chester campus parking page for more details.
Students who miss orientation are required to participate in a make-up session one weekend in September. It is important to ensure any employment does not conflict with the orientation schedule, as work conflicts are not a valid excuse for missing orientation.