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Tuition & Fees

$42,870

$42,870

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

44%

56%

male

female

1
12

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,576
Declined + 1,925
Total Received 5,501
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Private (nonprofit)

3,437

undergraduate students

2,548

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Management
  2. Nursing
  3. Accounting
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Codes

SAT 2642
ACT 3652

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
8%
500-599
42%
400-499
44%
300-399
4%
700-800
3%
600-699
18%
500-599
40%
400-499
36%
300-399
3%
30-36
7%
24-29
23%
18-23
49%
12-17
21%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
36%
18-23
41%
12-17
17%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
5%
24-29
30%
18-23
57%
12-17
8%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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School Facts

Widener, founded in 1821, is a private, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Business Administration, Engineering, Hospitality Management, Human Service Professions, and Nursing; and University College. Its 105-acre main campus is located in Chester, 10 miles from Philadelphia.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 5,985
Established in 1821
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)

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Chester, PA

105-acre suburban main campus in Chester (population: 34,046), 10 miles from Philadelphia; branch campuses in Harrisburg and in Wilmington, DE. Served by train; major airport serves Philadelphia. School operates shuttle bus on campus. Public transportation serves campus.

Widener University
1 University Place
Chester, PA 19013

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
47%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
80%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
7 fraternities 10% of male students
 
5 sororities 9% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
12%
Top 1/4
36%
Top 1/2
73%
Bottom 1/2
27%
Bottom 1/4
8%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
8%
500-599
42%
400-499
44%
300-399
4%
700-800
3%
600-699
18%
500-599
40%
400-499
36%
300-399
3%
30-36
7%
24-29
23%
18-23
49%
12-17
21%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
36%
18-23
41%
12-17
17%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
5%
24-29
30%
18-23
57%
12-17
8%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $35
Common application accepted no
Application deadline February 15 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,576
Declined + 1,925
Total Received 5,501

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Ed Wright
Executive Director of Admissions
P: 800 870-6481
F: 610 499-4676
admissions.office@widener.edu

Cost

Tuition $42,034
Room & board $13,616
Additional fees $836
Books & supplies $1,200
Total $57,686
Average Financial Aid - $29,545
Total with Avg. Aid $28,141

Financial Aid

77%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$29,545

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $5,080,114
State $2,633,668
Institutional $45,150,966
Other external $1,006,833
Total $53,871,581

Non-need-based

Federal $119,490
State $0
Institutional $7,332,734
Other external $276,728
Total $7,728,952

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Commonwealth Conference (Division III), Middle Atlantic Conferences (Division III)
Mascot
Pride
School colors
blue and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Anthropology
Behavioral Sciences
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Business Process Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Clinical Psychology
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Education
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering
English
Environmental Science
Finance
Fine Arts
Gender/Women's Studies
General Studies
Government/Politics
Health Administration
History
Hospitality Administration
Hospitality Management
Human Resources Management
Human Sexuality
Humanities
Industrial/Management Engineering
Informatics
Information Systems
International Business
International Relations
Law
Liberal Studies
Management
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Modern Languages
Nursing
Paralegal Studies
Physical Therapy
Physics
Political Economy
Political Science
Professional Studies
Psychology
Public Administration
Science Education
Social Work
Sociology
Special Education
Taxation
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Undergraduate

57%

3,437
students

Female
56%
1,933

Male
44%
1,504

Graduate

43%

2,548
students

Female
67%
1,699

Male
33%
849

undergraduateFull-time

83%

2,883
students

Female
54%
1,546

Male
46%
1,337

undergraduatePart-time

17%

554
students

Female
70%
387

Male
30%
167

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
12%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
66%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

35%

Transfer applicants accepted

28%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Recommended of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

75

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 32
Countries most often represented China
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Jackie Young
Coordinator of International Admissions
610 499-4132
jbyoung1@widener.edu

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