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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 Accounting. 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

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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
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.65 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 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 49 responses
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  • Friendly and smart
    47%
  • Hardworking
    31%
  • Studious-depends who you who are talking to
    10%
  • Arrogant
    4%
  • Half-Applying Themselves
    4%
  • Cheaters
    2%
  • They all try to put themselves in the bestposition
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.71 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Leadership
    43%
  • GO PRIDE!
    36%
  • Community
    14%
  • Civic Engagement
    2%
  • Difficult socially
    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.38 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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This school is like a large high school. Oftentimes, you'll find that everyone knows everyones business. If you like the small school feel, the Widener is a good fit. The campus is nice and often something is going on. However, If you do not have a car on campus, life can be difficult, since you really don't want to walk through Chester. The best thing about Widener is that their are many opportunities for scholarships and opportunities for externships as well as ways to get an advanced degree in less time than other schools. The best way to make Widener home, is to get involved. By getting involved, you can meet many people and get the best that Widener has to offer out of your experience.
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.