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 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 robotics, biomedical engineering, communications, finance, business analytics, 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. 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.
Danielle Mendoza: As an advocate for brain injury awareness in her sport of cheerleading, Mendoza wanted to study concussions in college athletes. Through the Widener co-op program, the Biomedical Engineering major learned of a collaborative study between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout her co-op, she supported the research collecting data on a variety of sports. “It was a perfect combination for me,” Mendoza said. “Exploring my passion for math and physics, while helping raise concussion awareness led me to my calling in research.”
Michael Brant: Graduating from Widener with his Computer Science degree, Brant launched his career as a software engineer with confidence. He credits his success in part to the personalized support from Widener’s career liaisons who helped him secure a co-op with Lockheed Martin. Brant drew upon skills he learned in the classroom and applied them at one of the world’s leading technology companies. At first he felt intimidated, but soon he realized he was professionally prepared. Brant said, “Widener helped me see where I was, where I had to go, and what I had to do to get there.”
Widener offers competitive intercollegiate play in the Middle Atlantic Conference in 22 sports:
• Men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball
• Women’s basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball
• Widener’s cheerleading squad competes in major events, including the CheerSport National Cheerleading and Dance Championships.
CAMPUS LIFE & DINING
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.
- Business Analytics
- International Business
• Communication Studies
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Media Informatics
- Early Childhood & Special Education (PreK–4)
- Middle Years (4–8)
- Secondary Education (7–12)
• Environmental Science
• Fine Arts
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• Hospitality Management
• International Relations
• Political Science
• Pre-medicine/Health Care Professions
• Pre-law (including 3+3 program with Widener Delaware Law and Widener Commonwealth Law Schools)
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Social Work
Undecided? Enter under Exploratory Studies.