Widener University

One University Pl, Chester, United States
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Overview of Widener University

About this school

  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,427
    • Men:1,488 Men (43.4%)
    • Women:1,939 Women (56.6%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Widener University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
4
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
4
History
-
-
Academic Electives
3
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
One University Place
City, State, Zip
Chester, PA 19013-5792
Phone
(610) 499-4126
Fax
(610) 499-4676
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
65% of 6,045 applicants were admitted
Women
65% of 3,559 applicants were admitted
Men
66% of 2,486 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
896 (23%) of 3,955 admitted students enrolled
Women
502 (22%) of 2,312 admitted students enrolled
Men
394 (24%) of 1,643 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.46
375 And Above
37%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
510-590 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
20%
• Score 500 - 600
57%
• Score 400 - 500
20%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
19%
• Score 500 - 600
58%
• Score 400 - 500
20%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
20-25 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
5%
• Score 24 - 29
35%
• Score 18 - 23
53%
• Score 12 - 17
7%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $44,166 (72.15%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,024 (22.91%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,300 (2.12%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,728 (2.82%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Widener University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 30
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003313
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
722 (93.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
660 (91.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
660 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
129 (19.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$35,505
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 651 (98.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,417
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 619 (93.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,562
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 627 (95.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
105 (13.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $26,563

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,543 (87.7%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,324 (91.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,318 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
526 (22.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$33,521
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,267 (97.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,827
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,164 (93.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,686
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 2,159 (93.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
439 (15.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,211

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Dance, Music
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, International Students

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,950

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


273

Part-Time Faculty


349

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


39%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 18% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 35% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 34% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 9% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 2% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 51% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 45% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Widener University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


80.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


44.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


55.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


57.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (72)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modern Languages
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Psychology, General
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Engineering

Online Degrees


Business administration, engineering, social work, physical therapy, education

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Psychology, Doctor of Nursing Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Doctor of Law

Master's Programs of Study (36)


  • Adult Education
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • Health Education
  • Health Law
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle School Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Taxation

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


34,031

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Philadelphia

Campus Size


110 acres

Weather


Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
-
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Chester

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing

Students of College Housing


55% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


45%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Pioneers
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
-

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Widener University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


9% of women participate

Fraternities


10% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,919

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
3,427
Women
1,939
Men
1,488

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 4.0% Asian
  • 13.3% Black/African-American
  • 5.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 71.6% White
  • 2.3% Unknown

International Students


2.5%

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


3,091

Student Resources

Study resources