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Undergrad Profile

At Philadelphia’s front door

Founded in 1821, Widener University has a vibrant history spanning almost two centuries and an exciting vision for the future. Our scenic, 110-acre campus—home to more than 3,500 undergraduates—is only 14 miles south of Philadelphia.

The city, the nation’s fifth largest and the first in the United States to be deemed a World Heritage Site, was ranked by Lonely Planet as the #1 American city to visit. It offers Widener students an array of world-class arts, history, culture, major league sports, and social activities.

The Philadelphia region also serves as an active learning laboratory for Widener students to pursue hands-on, real-world learning through a vast offering of co-op jobs and internships, class assignments, research, and civic engagement projects.

Widener offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and pre-professional and dual-degree programs, complemented by more than 50 under
graduate 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 study environment
Widener’s Freedom Hall is a building devoted to communication studies, informatics, and computer science. Students began classes in the new 28,500-sq. ft., three-story academic building in 2014. 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. Widener’s on-campus dining halls, food court, and other options—including an Uno Chicago Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Einstein Bros. Bagels—give you a variety of options. And our close proximity to Philadelphia opens up a world-class city offering numerous dining options, social and cultural activities, and major league sports.

Widener offers competitive intercolle
giate 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. 

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College of Arts and Sciences
• Anthropology
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Communication Studies
- Concentrations include Advertising &
Public Relations, Broadcasting, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Leadership Communication, Multimedia Journalism
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Media Informatics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Fine Arts
• French
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• History
• International Relations
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Science Education
• Sociology
• Spanish

School of Business Administration
• Accounting
• Business Informatics
• Economics
• Finance
- Concentrations include Financial Planning, Traditional Finance
• International Business
• Management
- Concentrations include Financial Management, Human Resources, Marketing and Management, Operations Management, Sport Management

School of Education, Hospitality, and Continuing Studies
• Elementary Education: The Early Years & Special Education
• Elementary Education: The Middle Years
• Hospitality Management
• Secondary Education

School of Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

School of Human Service Professions
• Social Work

School of Nursing
• Nursing

Dual-Degree Programs
Many dual-degree programs, including:
• Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
• Creative Writing/English
• Criminal Justice/Political Science
• Electrical Engineering/Physics
• Environmental Science/Biology
• Mathematics/Computer Science
• Mechanical Engineering/Physics
• Social Work/Gender & Women’s Studies
• Social Work/Psychology

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-veterinary

Enter under Exploratory Studies.