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    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Widener is a private university located in Chester, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,981 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Widener acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Accounting. Graduating 57% of students, Widener alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,000.
About Widener University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Widener University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
930-1130
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$28,335/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,481/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,888/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,998/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,508/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,672/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,981Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • Friendly and smart
    49%
  • Hardworking
    30%
  • Studious-depends who you who are talking to
    9%
  • Arrogant
    4%
  • Half-Applying Themselves
    4%
  • Cheaters
    2%
  • They all try to put themselves in the bestposition
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
83%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.69 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Leadership
    45%
  • GO PRIDE!
    35%
  • Community
    15%
  • Civic Engagement
    3%
  • Difficult socially
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Widener University is an incredible school, specifically the School of Nursing; It is a world renowned program. With that said, it is one of the most difficult programs. You must have incredible passion and motivation to be successful in nursing. Widener's atmosphere is supportive and light-hearted. Everyone here supports each other. Widener also offers an immense list of clubs and activities, including a student nurse association, student government, student life, etc. There is always something to do here. The nursing staff is also incredible. Every single professor is here to aid you in your studies. I have not had a bad experience with any nursing professor, and some have even become friends.
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My first year at Widener has provided me with a great education experience as well as valuable life lessons. I would like to thank my parents for providing me with guidance and support which has allowed me to be prepared for this chapter of my life. I have been able to excel in the classroom, Athletics and with campus life. The Widener staff does a fantastic job of making sure that each student believes in his or abilities to succeed. My grandfather passed away just prior to me attending my Freshman year. He always told me, believe in yourself first and others will see your confidence. This message is how Live my life each day at Widener University.
I love Widener. The minute I toured the campus my junior year in high school I knew it was the environment for me. I went back several times to be positive I was making the right decision, and every time I returned it got even better. The population of Widener is also what makes everyday better. The people I have met impacted my life greatly, especially the amazing professors. From taking a trip to Costa Rica with the Biology department, to finally helping me decide to want to pursue nursing, everyone has been incredibly helpful. I couldn't ask for a better education or environment for myself to be in.