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Sport and recreation at Widener University

Widener University students enjoy many clubs, student and community groups, as well as sports teams and academic leagues - following from Widener's motto: "a sound mind in a sound body".

Countless activities for your academic and social life await you at Widener University that will help you become an enlightened citizen of the world:

Widener Athletics

Widener's athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III intercollegiate level. The University places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational and athletic experiences. Known as the PRIDE, Widener's athletic teams compete as a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference, the oldest and largest conference in the USA. The University has 20 varsity teams, as well as cheerleading:

Men's varsity
Women's varsity teams
  • American football
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Outdoor track and field
  • Indoor track and field
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross country
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Softball
  • Outdoor track and field
  • Indoor track and field
Widener University's sports teams - PRIDE

Sports clubs and teams

Frisbee practice at Widener University

Several sports clubs are offered to University students for all interests and skills levels. Intramural sports offered at Widener include basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, flag football, indoor soccer, ultimate frisbee and kickball.

Widener University created its Club Sport program to provide students with an organized, non-varsity athletic experience. See list of club sports to right.

Student clubs and organizations

Widener University has 85+ student organizations and clubs with varied and diverse topics. If you don't find the club you're looking for, then you can start one up! The Office of Student Life encourages students to get involved and will help you get things off the ground.

Academic clubs

Engineering students at Widener University in the USA

Academic clubs on campus serve as a common ground for students at all levels to come together and share their interest and keen understanding of favorite subjects, ranging from Accounting, to Chemistry, to Pre-law.

  • See list on right for all academic student clubs at Widener University

Honor Societies and Greek Life

Honor societies are an excellent way for students to develop leadership skills while promoting academic study. Among the 25+ honor societies at Widener are:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma ΑΦΣ (Criminal Justice)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma ΒΓΣ (Business)
  • Omega Chi Epsilon ΩΧΕ (Chemical Engineering)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon ΟΔΕ (Economics)
  • Phi Alpha Delta ΦΑΔ (Law) 
  • Phi Beta Delta ΦΒΔ (International Scholars)
  • Phi Eta Sigma ΦΗΣ (Freshman Honor Society)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha ΠΣΑ (Political Science)
  • Tau Beta Pi ΤΒΠ (Engineering)

In addition to academic Greek societies, Widener University is proud of its 11 fraternities and sororities (see list on right). "Greek Life" members make the world a better place through service, gain leadership opportunities, and join a dynamic network of other students and alumni that exists even after graduation.

International and cultural groups

Clubs enabling students to unite over shared cultural experiences:

  • China Club
  • French Club
  • Il circolo italiano
  • Latinos Unidos
  • International Business Club
  • International Law Society
  • Asian Student Scholars Association 
  • Model European Union
  • Modern Language Club
  • Friends of International Students

Music and theater arts

Widener University has a lively performing arts scene with several student groups catering to musical and theatrical interests:

Music groups Theater groups 
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Chamber Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Gospel Choir
  • Widener Chorale
  • Theater Widener - puts on a regular program of significant plays for the entertainment of the Widener community
  • FreshBaked Theater Co - Widener student ensemble producing inventive theater for audiences of all ages.

Student media

Radio broadcasting room at Widener University

Radio - Broadcasting from the basement of Howell Hall, students operate the campus radio station, WDNR 89.5FM - a multi-format, non-commercial station whose signal is powered by 10 watts.

Television - Widener TV is broadcast throughout campus on Channel 88, and is run entirely by students.

Magazine - The Pioneer Review, Widener's literary journal available in print and online, is also put together by students.

Campus events and activities

Widener University hosts several events and recreational activities year-round for students to socialize, shop and have fun. Popular activities include:

  • Friday fun at Widener University residence hallsWelcome Back Bash - an event for students at the beginning of the year
  • Homecoming Weekend with golf cart float parade
  • Pride Nights - play laser tag, face painting and more at University Center
  • Karaoke-style songfest
  • Pie-eating contest
  • Greek Week
  • Spring Fling
  • Art shows and exhibits at the Widener Art Gallery
  • Philadelphia Speakers lecture series 
  • Italian Cinema Night with monthly screenings
  • TGIS (Thank God It's Saturday) - free shuttle to shopping at Granite Run Mall.

Recreation opportunities in Philadelphia

Widener students take full advantage of the diverse environment and big city experiences the Philadelphia area offers. Students often visit Philadelphia's museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues, which host some of the world's most renowned exhibits, restaurateurs, speakers, and performers.

Each year, Widener University, along with several other colleges co-sponsors an International Student Reception hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia - a well-attended event with world-class performances.

Community Service at Widener University

Civic engagement is considered central to the overall development of a Widener student, teaching key 21st century skills in critical thinking, collaboration and socially-responsible leadership. Widener students are offered diverse opportunities to enrich their learning through service and community outreach:

  • Alternative Spring Break - travel to 5 different sites around the USAWidener students on Alternative Spring Break, working directly with Habitat for Humanity affiliates, to build a house in one week
  • Widener Big Friends - serve as tutors and mentors to 2nd and 3rd grade students in Chester
  • Annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - help low-income Chester residents with their federal, state, and local income taxes
  • Annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service - students, faculty and staff take on various community-enriching projects
  • Widener Cares Tutoring Project - connects students with elementary and middle school students in Chester
  • Alpha Phi Omega - national service fraternity working on community development projects around the world.

The University is on the US President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll "with distinction". See University Rankings page for details.

Widener's "pride" extends to all its accomplishments - offering a complete university experience for its students!