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Parents & Families

We're dedicated to the personal success of every student and ensuring they feel welcomed and supported every step of the way. We invite you, our Widener families, to familiarize yourselves with our vast network of support.

Parent & Family Orientation Resources

Welcome HOME to The Pride! Partnership with our parents and families is key to the success of our incoming students. The Pride Experience 1: Summer Registration Program represents only the beginning of our meaningful journey together. Please take a moment to review the resources covered during our Parent & Family Orientation sessions in June and July.

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The Pride Experience Guidebook

This guidebook will help answer a variety of questions about living on campus, how students can get involved, academic support and enrollment services, pre-orientation programs, and much more! The guidebook also serves as a campus directory of phone numbers and email addresses.

Financial Aid Info

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A Sound Investment

A Widener education is one of the smartest investments your family can make—because the long-term value (in terms of career preparation, job placement, and opportunities for professional advancement and earning potential) far exceeds the costs.

Financial Aid Info

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Living & Learning Here

We want campus to feel like your child's second home. We've built a supportive, friendly, caring community for them to grow and flourish. In our residence halls and dining spaces, your child will forge lasting friendships. And through our many ways to get involved on campus, they will build memories that will stay with them for years to come. 

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Student Success & Support

Our network of support services will help your child find personal and professional fulfillment. Academic mentors and advisors will help them navigate courses and choose the experiences leading to career success.

Our team of dedicated professionals will keep an eye on your child's academic progress. Our early assessment and retention alert programs help identify struggling students so we can step in and help as soon as possible.

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Health, Wellness & Safety

At Widener, we care about your child's academic and physical well-being. Learn more about safety on campus, recreational opportunities, counseling and student health services, and get answers to questions about insurance, forms, and much more.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The FERPA Act: What Rights Do I Have to Information?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) was enacted to assure parents of students and the students’ themselves if they are over age eighteen, or attending a post-secondary educational institution, access to student records and to protect rights to privacy by limiting the sharing and disclosure of their records without their consent.

FERPA FAQs

The quickest, easiest way for parents to receive information about their child’s grades, financial statement, or other student information is for the student to provide it. Students can look up information online, print it off, and give or email a copy to their parents.

FERPA regulations allow, but do not require, higher education institutions to provide notice to parents when a student violates federal, state, or local laws related to alcohol or drugs.

The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for overseeing FERPA. Visit their website for additional information.

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Pride Perspectives

Students buy doughnuts at Phatso's Bakery

As I embark on a career as a human rights lawyer, these experiences have taught me everyone has a story, and you need to ask people about theirs to really begin to know and understand them.

Rebecca Westrom

Rebecca's Story
Cajua Robinson works with a client at iCore Fitness

For me, the opportunities at Widener to start this, join that, do this, allowed me to grow tremendously as a person. That’s what turned me into who I am.

Cajua Robinson

Cajua's Story
Markevis Gideon and business partners in front of Widener sign

Widener has exposed me to opportunities that forever shaped my life. Now, as a well-traveled entrepreneur with a young but growing business, I am excited to see how Widener University is still preparing graduates toward a path of excellence.

Markevis Gideon

Markevis's Story
Taylor Kohnow at her robotics co-op

I love all aspects of robotics and I’m learning a lot about what I want to do in my career from this experience.

Taylor Kohnow

Taylor's Story
Students participate in fundraising dinner

Widener has given me countless opportunities to engage in the City of Chester and to give back to those who may be less fortunate than me.

Kennedy Jones

Kennedy's Story
Psychology major Christie Birchall leads group

Widener helped me realize my track. The faculty in the psychology department provide a safety net and make it their job to find you a place in the field.

Christie Birchall

Christie's Story

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