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Widener University invites parents to see themselves as our partners in supporting their son or daughter’s educational experience. The Widener University Parents’ Network provides families with detailed information about all aspects of Widener University, with particular emphases placed on financial aid, campus safety, academic support services, involvement on campus, and service activities which support Widener’s civic mission.

Through the Parents’ Network, families also have the opportunity to raise questions or concerns to fellow parents as well as members of the university administration. Every parent is invited and encouraged to join The Widener University Parents’ Network.

For more information, please contact us at

Membership of Parents' Network

There is no cost to join, and parents can attend an optional hour-long meeting once a year. Families can also freely access up-to-date information and FAQs on the university’s website and social media outlets.

Widener believes that when parents have access to university news and the opportunity to have their questions answered, they will feel more informed and comfortable about their child’s initial transition into college and effectively support their son or daughter’s educational experience throughout his or her time at Widener.

Parents' Network Advisory Council

The Parents’ Network Advisory Council is a small group of Widener parents that meets approximately four times a year over lunch with the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement, and other Widener administrators. Parent Council members serve as a sounding board for University officials and provide feedback on the Widener student experience. Council members also serve on a Parent Panel during the summer new student/parent orientation sessions. All parents of current Widener students are welcome to join! Simply email to express your interest.

Monthly E-Newsletter Sign-up

Widener sends monthly e-newsletters to parents 10 times a year to provide parent-related news and upcoming Parents’ Network events. To sign up to receive this email, please contact the Parents’ Network at

Supportive Parents, Successful Students: A Web Resource for Parents

The transition to college is challenging for both students and their parents. Going from high school to college is a major milestone, one that marks the student’s eventual transition into independence. However, neither student nor parent needs to handle the transition alone. Affordable Colleges Online created this online guide to help ease the transition process by addressing the common first-year challenges for parents and their children. The guide helps parents prepare for the high school to college transition; explores the financial aid process; discusses concerns about housing and student independence; identifies on-campus resources for students; and offers resources for parents of high school students, college freshman, college students, and graduate school students. Access Supportive Parents, Successful Students.

Pride Guidebook

Widener has many resources available for Widener parents. Please download the Pride Guidebook to learn more about the following offices and services:

  • Academic Support Services
  • Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Residential Life
  • Student Conduct
  • Pre-Orientation Programs
  • Campus Safety
  • Enrollment Services
  • Office of Student Life