Overview

Applicants
6,422
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.45

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
641
with Terminal Degree
359

370
Women
271
Men
97
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Office Management and Supervision.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Informatics.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 30

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,445

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,880

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,413

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,735

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,028
Required Fees
$920
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,232
Transportation for Commuters
$1,170

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,446
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,345
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

3.27%
Asian
12.83%
African-American
5.03%
Hispanic
71.22%
Caucasian
1.70%
Unknown
2.04%
International

57% female
43% male
40% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Rebecca Ross

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
3

10% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Pride)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Pride)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Villanova University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Courtney Kelley
Exective Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Phone
610-499-4126

Email
admissions.office@widener.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center
Java City and Residential Restaurant
Schwartz Athletic Center
Observatory
Pennsylvania Military College Museum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old City Philadelphia
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Sports Stadiums
King of Prussia Mall and Granite Run Mall
Historical Brandywine Valley attractions
Sports, entertainment, and cultural activities make the Philadelphia area a great place to live, learn and grow.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00-4:00 M-F, 9:00-12:00 Sat.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open house programs in fall; summer Wed. programs

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport is Philadelphia International Airport. Buses and trains in close proximity.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Western Pennsylvania: Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Route 476 South to I-95 South toward Chester. Stay in the far right-hand lane on I-95. Exit I-95 at the next exit (Exit 6) for Routes 320 and 352. Turn right at end of the exit ramp, follow to intersection with Walnut Street. Turn right onto Walnut Street where the main campus begins. For visitor parking, turn right onto 14th Street and follow to circular drive on left hand side for parking behind Old Main. From Northeast Pennsylvania and Western upstate New York: Go south on Northeast Extension of Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 25A (476 South) and follow Route 476 South to I-95 South toward Chester. Stay in the far right-hand lane on I-95. Exit I-95 at the next exit (Exit 6) for Routes 320 and 352. Turn right at end of the exit ramp, follow to 13th Street. Go one block and turn right onto Walnut Street where the main campus begins. For visitor parking, turn right onto 14th Street into circular drive on left hand side for parking behind Old Main. From Philadelphia: Take Interstate 95 South. Take exit 6 for Routes 320 and 352, Central Chester Business District and Widener University. Turn right at end of the exit ramp, follow to 13th Street. Go one block and turn right onto Walnut Street where the main campus begins. For visitor parking, turn right onto 14th Street into circular drive on left hand side for parking behind Old Main. From Wilmington, Del. And Washington, D.C.: Take interstate 95 northbound and get off in Chester, P.A. at Exit 6 for Routes 320 and 352, Central Chester Business District and Widener University. At first traffic light, turn left over bridge. Bear right at fork on other side of bridge. Go to second traffic light and turn right on 15th Street to Walnut Street where the main campus begins. From Metropolitan New York, Long Island and Northern New Jersey: Take New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 2. Proceed on Route 322 West across Commodore Barry Bridge. Coming off the bridge, follow signs for Interstate 95 North and Philadelphia to get on I-95 North. Get off I-95 at Exit 6 for Routes 320 and 352, Central Chester Business District and Widener University. At first traffic light, turn left over bridge. Bear right at fork on other side of bridge. Go to second traffic light and turn right on 15th Street to Walnut Street where the main campus begins. Go to second traffic light and turn right on 15th Street to Walnut Street where the main campus begins. Since Interstate 295 parallels the New Jersey Turnpike between Bordentown (Exit 7) and the Commodore Barry Bridge, those who prefer to do so can get off at Exit 7, follow the signs to I-295 South, and take that route to the bridge.

Local Accommodations
The following is a list of hotels that are within 30 minutes from campus: Philadelphia Airport Marriott (One Arrivals Rd., Philadelphia, PA; 215-492-9000), Holiday Inn (45 Industrial Hwy, Essington, PA; 610-521-2400), Red Roof Inn (I-95 and Route 420, Essington, PA; 610-521-5090), MacIntosh Inn (Routes 1 and 352, Media, PA; 610-565-5800), Renaissance Hotel (500 Stevens Drive, Philadelphia, PA; 610-521-5900), Ramada Inn (76 Industrial Hwy, Essington, PA; 610-521-9600).


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