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Achieving Academic Success
Adjusting to College
College courses are much more demanding than high school, and it's up to you to make the right decisions and manage your time and responsibilities. The primary difference to understand is that in high school, you could simply follow rules that were strictly enforced. In college, you must choose responsibly, or you will face the consequences of actions or inactions. As a new student, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the academic resources Widener University has to offer.
Academic Policies, Procedures & Regulations
Widener University strongly supports the concept of academic integrity and expects students and all other members of the Widener University community to be honest in all academic endeavors.
Visit the academic catalog for more information regarding academic policies and procedures and academic regulations.
Academic advisors help you translate your goals and interests into an effective and successful educational experience. They help you understand and navigate academic requirements, policies and procedures while guiding you in course selection. Make a point to see them at least once each semester to build a meaningful relationship.
To make the most of your advising experience, you should do the following:
- Meet with your advisor each semester (by October/March) before you register for classes.
- Make sure you're aware of important policies, procedures, academic dates and deadlines including withdrawal (course or university) and add/drop by checking the Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook found at https://catalog.widener.edu/.
- Understand university, general education, and your academic program requirements.
- Seek out information and make decisions regarding your academic/career goals.
- Take advantage of campus resources.
- Write down questions you have for your advisor and ask for help.
- Assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and successful completion of graduation requirements.
For more information and access to other resources, visit Academic Support & Advising.
- Go to class on time. That seems obvious, but it's important to remember. How can you be successful if you're not actually in class?
- Use a planner. It'll be your most important tool. It doesn't matter if you use your phone or buy a paper calendar, you're going to need a system to organize your class schedule, assignments, deadlines, involvements, jobs, and life in general. Pick whatever works for you—and use it!
- Come to class prepared (every time!). Don't forget a writing utensil, notepad, syllabus, and your planner.
- Participate in class. Turn your cell phone off, take careful notes, ask questions, and turn assignments in on time.
- Get to know your professors. They're people too and can help you if you're struggling in class or you're just really interested in the topics they teach. Introduce yourself and visit during office hours.
- Show respect to everyone.
Enrollment Services, located in Lipka Hall, is here to help you take care of important details of the business going to school and provides services to both Widener students and parents/families.
Student Activities & Engagement
Maintaining a safe, caring, and supportive community continues with you!
Help keep our Widener community safe by reporting issues or concerns that may affect the well-being of a student or campus community member. Our teams are equipped to respond to your concerns with helpful support, respect, and compassion.
Resources for Parents & Families
At Widener, we're dedicated to the personal success of every student and ensuring they feel welcomed and supported every step of the way. We invite our Widener families to familiarize yourselves with our vast network of support and join our Parents' Network.