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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    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
    B-
  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 2,919 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Widener acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Medical Assistant. Graduating 57% of students, Widener alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,300.
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
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1180
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$30,701/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,899/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.59 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,919Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
517
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
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  • Friendly and smart
    45%
  • Hardworking
    29%
  • Studious-depends who you who are talking to
    10%
  • Arrogant
    4%
  • Half-Applying Themselves
    4%
  • Cheaters
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.73 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.81 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Leadership
    41%
  • GO PRIDE!
    36%
  • Community
    14%
  • Civic Engagement
    2%
  • Difficult socially
    2%
  • Expensive
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.39 responses
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The reason I love Widener is the friends you make on campus are truly for a lifetime. Widener is nothing more than amazing! They're so many activities to do on campus and that there is always something to do! Widener is the place to be and gives many scholarships so, in the end, it is affordable. Widener has one of the best nursing and engineering programs out there. Widener is truly a hidden gem.
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I absolutely love my experience at Widener University so far! I have only been here for a few months, but the overall atmosphere is so welcoming. All of my professors are very personable and have my best interests in mind. Widener as a whole is absolutely beautiful- my view of Old Main every day does not and will not get old.
Widener University is an amazing school that has made me develop into a true leader. Both the academic staff and faculty are fully invested into the students education and life. The professors are for the students and are always willing to assist you. The small class sizes guarantees one on one connections with the professor and other students. No matter what major, students are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty as well as internships in their respective fields.