Tuition & Fees

$45,948

$45,948

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

43%

male

57%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,955
Declined + 2,090
Total Received 6,045
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Private (nonprofit)

3,427

undergraduate students

3,091

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Management
  2. Nursing
  3. Accounting
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Codes

SAT 2642
ACT 3652

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School Facts

Widener University, 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 6,518
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: 33,988), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
45%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
87%
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
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
19%
500-599
58%
400-499
20%
700-800
3%
600-699
20%
500-599
57%
400-499
20%
30-36
4%
24-29
30%
18-23
49%
12-17
16%
6-11
1%
30-36
5%
24-29
39%
18-23
39%
12-17
17%
30-36
5%
24-29
35%
18-23
53%
12-17
7%

Admissions Facts

Application fee
(waived if filed online)
Common application accepted no
Application 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 3,955
Declined + 2,090
Total Received 6,045

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

Kelly Courtney
Executive Director of Admissions
P: 610 499-4126
F: 610 499-4676
admissions.office@widener.edu

Financial Aid

79%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$33,521

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $45,028
Room $7,300
Board $6,724
Additional fees $920
Books & supplies $1,300
Total $61,272
Average Financial Aid - $33,521
Total with Avg. Aid $27,751

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $4,204,651
State $2,676,443
Institutional $55,854,084
Other external $715,014
Total $63,450,192

Non-need-based

Federal $88,732
State
Institutional $10,215,460
Other external $274,635
Total $10,578,827
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 610 499-4174
F: 610 499-4687
finaidmc@mail.widener.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Paula Lehrberger
Director of Financial Aid
finaidmc@mail.widener.edu

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

Club Sports - Men's

Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

Rugby

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Basketball, Indoor Soccer

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Athletic Directors

Jack Shafer (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Larissa Gillespie (women's)
Assistant Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Commonwealth Conference, Middle Atlantic Conferences
Mascot
Pride
School colors
blue and gold

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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Most Popular Majors

  1. Management
  2. Nursing
  3. Accounting

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Other

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

6,518

total students

60%

in-state

40%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

53%

3,427
students

Female
57%
1,939

Male
43%
1,488

47%

3,091
students

Female
72%
2,239

Male
28%
852

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

85%

2,919
students

Female
55%
1,595

Male
45%
1,324

15%

508
students

Female
68%
344

Male
32%
164

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
12%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
67%
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

Not Reported

Transfer applicants accepted

Not Reported

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

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
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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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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