Founded in 1821, Widener University has a vibrant history of developing leaders. Our scenic 110-acre campus is located just 20 minutes south of Philadelphia—the nation’s fifth-largest city and a hub of cultural life in the Mid-Atlantic corridor between New York and Washington, D.C.
At Widener you’ll discover the leader within. Our hands-on course work, small classes, expansive facilities, and professors who know and care about you all foster the “Three C’s of Leadership”—courage, competency, and character. You’ll be prepared to take the lead in your life and your career. You’ll graduate with the skills, experience, and knowledge to land the job of your dreams—and you’ll have the strength of character and courage to set the bar high and leave your mark on Widener.
Widener offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and pre-professional and dual-degree programs, complemented by more than 50 undergraduate minors. Our programs are structured to offer real-world, hands-on preparation for careers in which there are dynamic opportunities. At Widener you can structure a program that dives deep into a single discipline and is enriched with electives from other fields.
Our student-faculty ratio is 12:1, so your professors will know your name. Your major will immerse you in a community of students and renowned faculty who share your interests and form a valuable network during your years at Widener and after graduation. Academic support services include one-on-one tutoring, coaching, counseling, and career- planning support that you can access from freshman year onward. These services help you plan your program of study and maximize your academic performance to support your career goals.
Our robust offerings include programs that can prepare you for careers in expanding industries such as biomedical engineering, communications, finance, business informatics, and digital media informatics. Biomedical engineering students explore the combination of engineering and medical technology in search of ways to improve the quality of life. Informatics majors focus on a wide range of technical and cyberspace skills in the rapidly changing business and media environments, while the finance major is one of six degrees available from the School of Business Administration.
A high-tech environment for study
In 2014 Widener opened a new building devoted to communication studies, informatics, and computer science. Students began classes in the 28,500-sq. ft., three-story Freedom Hall academic building. Joining these technologies under one roof promotes synergy among the three departments and puts Widener on the map for being a leader in these fast-growing areas of study. In addition to a TV studio, editing suites, a focus group room, a conference facility, and computer labs, the building offers extensive space for student research and laboratory projects and workshops.
Spencer Ng: A Widener biochemistry graduate who aspires to become a primary care physician treating low-income and underserved populations, Ng volunteered her sophomore year at a local hospital, developing camaraderie with patients. “Widener has given me an appreciation of the bigger world,” said Ng, who also participated in the Widener Medical Scholars program. “I’ve learned that I want to give as much as I can to have a positive impact on the lives of people.” Ng also devoted time to Northern Star Sports, a project that utilizes sports as a means for teaching elementary-aged children about leadership, perseverance, and teamwork.
Dan Hartney: Leadership was a core theme of Hartney’s Widener experiences. From his work with the Presidential Service Corps to being selected in the Oskin Leaders Program, the management graduate pursued global projects to help others. He visited Tanzania, Belize, and the United Arab Emirates and worked on a project to combat world hunger.
More than 80 clubs and organizations are the heart of Widener’s campus community, from service groups to dance troupes, honor societies to club sports—there is a program or activity for everyone.
• Academic clubs, from the American Chemical Society to the English Club
• Intramural and club sports, including ice hockey, rugby, water polo, Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, golf, and kickball
• Student government
• Greek organizations
• Honor societies
• Special-interest clubs
• Campus media—an online student newspaper, radio, TV studio, and literary journal
• Performing arts
Widener offers competitive intercollegiate play in the Middle Atlantic Conference in 20 varsity sports:
• Men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and indoor and outdoor track & field
• Women’s basketball, cross-country, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track & field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball
• Widener’s cheerleading squad competes in major events, including the CheerSport National Cheerleading and Dance Championships.
CONNECT WITH WIDENER
You can complete the free online application at widener.edu/apply, where you’ll be able to:
• Arrange your campus visit with the Campus Visit Scheduler at widener.edu/visit.
• Take a virtual tour of Widener 24 hours a day, seven days a week at widener.edu/virtualtour.