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Widener strives to assist students with their development as educated young adults, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Our philosophy is to assist students with cognitive, social and emotional development through our array of programs and services.
When students choose to live at Widener, they get more than just a "dorm room." They get a home away from home, with all the conveniences of living within a short walking distance – 15 minutes or less – from academic buildings, faculty offices, the dining hall, our state-of-the-art Wellness Center, and other campus resources.
Our students live in one of five distinct communities that are carefully designed to promote and foster an individual’s intellectual, spiritual, social, cultural, and emotional development. Through their Resident Assistants, students participate in programs ranging from those teaching study tips to programs that promote health and well-being.
The Office of Student Life seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and interpersonal development of students. Engagement with the Office of Student Life will provide students with the opportunity for holistic development through leadership and service. Student Life includes:
- Widener Activities Council;
- The Pride Experience Registration and Orientation;
- Commuter programs;
- E.L.E.V.A.T.E. student leadership program;
- More than 80 student organizations;
- Fraternities and sororities;
- Alternative Spring Break;
- Student Government Association; and
- late night and weekend programming.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is committed to fostering and enriching campus diversity by developing and implementing educational, cultural and social programs that will assist Widener University in the recruitment, orientation, retention and the graduation of multi-cultural and international students. The office promotes cultural understanding, an accepting and inclusive climate for all students and seeks to cultivate within the Widener University community a respect for individual differences.
The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is concerned with those aspects of student life that apply specifically to the non-immigrant international students attending Widener University. The Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) leads a professional staff who provide a variety of services to meet the unique requirements of international students.
The Office of Civic Engagement aims to foster our next generation of personally and socially responsible leaders. The Presidential Services Corps/Bonner Leader program and the AmeriCorps program are two of the office’s signature opportunities. The new Leadership and Civic Engagement Living Learning Community is a year-long program in which student live together in a house, enroll in the same leadership course, and participate in service programs.
The office also sponsors the five-day Project Lead pre-orientation program as well as one-time and ongoing service initiatives and other community partnerships. The office promotes and supports many other service, political engagement, and leadership development opportunities to the Widener community and continually builds collaborative partnerships to further the university’s civic mission.
The Office of Judicial Affairs works to develop students’ critical judgment and communication skills by:
- Understanding the importance of community norms and expectations;
- Enabling identity growth in a community that celebrates cultural and lifestyle differences;
- Advocating behavior and environment choices that promote health and reduce personal risks, to understanding the connection these choices have to accomplishing lifelong goals;
- Understanding the outcomes of personal actions in relationship to any community; and
- Placing students at the center of maintaining a community for scholars.
The Wellness Center houses the finest equipment from Life Fitness. It includes cardio and strength training floors and two aerobics rooms. Experience the thrill of rock climbing on our 24-foot climbing wall, an architectural focal point of the Wellness Center. Climbers of all skill levels can challenge themselves, hone their skills, and keep in shape.
Schwartz Athletic Center is home to our men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s indoor track teams. Schwartz Center offers members of the Widener community access to a gymnasium, weight room, multi-purpose field house with a new resurfaced floor and a championship size eight-lane swimming pool.
Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium is home to our football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams. Edith R. Dixon Field is home to our field hockey and women’s lacrosse squads. The baseball team plays its home games at an on-campus field that opened in 2006 adjacent to Schwartz Center. The field is one of the finest college baseball facilities in the Philadelphia area. The softball team plays its home games on a beautiful field which opened in 2006.