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Welcome Home, Widener Class of 2023

The newest Widener students have arrived!

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the university officially welcomed the approximately 750-member Class of 2023 to campus during move-in day.

The freshmen are drawn from more than 15 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and from seven foreign countries, including Ghana, Greece, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turks and Caicos. An additional 100 transfer students also join the freshmen.

Rugby players help freshmen move their belongings into residence halls
In true Widener style, move-in day featured faculty, staff, and returning student volunteers doing the heavy lifting, helping the new students and their families unpack belongings and bring them to their rooms.
President Wollman greets new student as they pull up in their car on move-in day
President Julie E. Wollman was one of the first to welcome the newcomers, greeting cars and families as they arrived on campus.
Student orientation leaders, CREW, jump for joy as they greet new students
Orientation leaders, known as CREW, are full of energy as they greet new students arriving in University Center for check-in.
A new student checks-in at University Center on move-in day
New students check-in and register for orientation, pick up their student ID card, and receive their residence hall and mailbox keys.
Carson Slook, a fourth-generation Widener student, poses with his parents and President Wollman in front of Hanna Hall, named for his great-grandfather
For Carson Slook, move-in day was even more special, as he moved into the third floor of Hanna Hall, the residence hall named after his great-grandfather John R. Hanna. Hanna was a 1930 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College and the first of many generations of family members to attend the university.

Move-in is followed by several days of orientation programming to help the newcomers acclimate to campus. Returning students move back to campus on Aug. 25, and classes begin on Aug. 26.

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