Start with Pride! Pre-Orientation programs get students connected into the Pride before school starts. Each program creates experiences with first year and upper level classmates, faculty and administrators before school starts. Pre-Orientation students make friends before the formal orientation starts, and resident students move into their room early.

Each program has a theme in which you can pursue your interest. See details about each below and how to register.

Be a member of the Pride before school starts!

The 1821 Experience

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) will host The 1821 Experience pre-orientation program for all new Widener University students. Students explore how multiculturalism adds to the Widener experience and helps students connect to both the campus community and each other.

Participants in the The 1821 Experience establish peer support networks that assist them with the transition to college life. Students will have an opportunity to become acquainted with the Chester campus, meet new friends, and gain skills to succeed at Widener.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Begins: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ends: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Cost: $150
Capacity: Limited - Early Registration Encouraged


Project Lead

Sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement

Begins: Friday, August 16, 2013
Ends: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cost: $150
Capacity: 30 students

The Project Lead Pre-Orientation program jump-starts Widener students’ leadership development in a fun and transformational way. During the five-day program students will learn the practices of effective leadership and understand how to promote sustainable positive change on a local and global level.

Project Lead participants will engage in fun, hands-on leadership development activities, spend a day in Philadelphia learning about the leadership practices of our country’s founders, and serve members of our community at a local non-profit organization. Throughout the program students will discover or reignite their passions to contribute to our greater community and appreciate the diverse backgrounds, skills, and identities of effective leaders.

Project Lead participants will leave the program with a stronger understanding of their strengths and how to build and lead a team to bring about positive change.

Summit Widener

This backpacking trip builds friendships with other incoming students and peer trip leaders. Knowing others before the first day of orientation helps ease the transition into the Widener Pride. Summit Widener provides a unique setting to establish connections, identify personal strengths, and build confidence to succeed at WU.

Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) leaders guide students on a multi-day backpacking trip leading to new friends and skills to succeed as a member of the Pride. While hiking the Appalachian Trail, OAC leaders will help with all the needs to successfully complete this adventure! Each year students reflect on the self-confidence this trip built and carried through their freshman year.

And don't worry, some of the people going have never been backpacking. Camp out, make friends, and accomplish more than a physical challenge with your new Widener friends!

New this year! Summit Widener will fulfill one of two required Physical Education courses. Click our link to learn more.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Outdoor Adventure Club

Begins: Friday, August 16, 2013
Ends: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cost: $150
Capacity:  32 students