Widener University

Chester, PA

Widener University

Chester, PA

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At Philadelphia’s front door

Founded in 1821, Widener University boasts a vibrant history that spans almost two centuries. Our beautiful 110-acre campus—home to more than 3,400 undergraduates—is only 14 miles south of Philadelphia.

The city, the nation’s fifth largest and first to be deemed a World Heritage Site, 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 internships and co-op jobs, class assignments, research opportunities, 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. These powerful programs adapt to your learning goals, so you can take elective courses or add a minor outside your field of study. No matter what path you take, you will gain real-world, hands-on experience. So when you graduate, you won’t be starting your career; you’ll be continuing the work you’ve done all along. 

As you gain this experience, you will feel the benefit of our 12:1 student-faculty ratio. Our professors cherish the opportunity to invest in your success, which includes helping you 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 prepare you for a career 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 human 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 serves as one of eight degrees available from the School of Business Administration.

A cutting-edge learning 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 as 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, laboratory projects, and workshops.

Campus life and 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.

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 by 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.” 


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Widener offers competitive intercollegiate play in 23 varsity sports:
• Men’s baseball, basketball, cross- country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track & field, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and volleyball
• Women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, field hockey, golf, indoor and outdoor track & field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and volleyball

In fall 2019, eSports joined our athletic offerings. Students can also participate in club and intramural sports as well as marching and pep band. 

Undergraduate Majors

• Anthropology
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
- Accounting
- Business Analytics
- Economics
- Finance
- International Business
- Management
- Marketing

• Chemistry
• Communication Studies
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Media Informatics
• Education
- Early Years & Special Education (PreK-4)
- Secondary Education (7-12)
• Engineering
- Biomedical
- Chemical
- Civil
- Electrical
- Mechanical
- Robotics

• English
• Environmental Science & Sustainability
• Fine Arts
• French
• Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
• History
• Hospitality Management
• International Relations
• Mathematics
• Nursing
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine/Health Care Professions
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-veterinary
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish

Undecided students may enter under Exploratory Studies. 

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