Widener University
Chester, PA 19013-5792


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 6,402
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,729 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Widener University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 5,176 applications and 3,609 students were granted admission. Widener University is at the #68 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 19% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 91% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT930 to 1130
ACT21 to 26

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Widener University's tuition was $42,034 for all students regardless of residency (56.9% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 98% of Widener University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 28% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,019 (which is 8.7% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Widener University in 2016-2017, was 687, which is 81% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,775 (which is 2% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Widener University has enrolled a total of 6,402 students (4,386 students full-time and 2,016 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 6,402 students, 129 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 38% men and 62% women and 3,597 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,805 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 763 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 66%

Black/African American: 16%

Hispanic: 5%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Asian: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Widener University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 22% 1,023 0
Legal Professions And Studies 19% 885 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13% 624 0
Education 9% 433
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 9% 425 0
Psychology 7% 343
Engineering 7% 321
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2% 108
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 1% 67
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 1% 58

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Widener University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Widener University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $43,000. Last year, out of the total 1,353 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,272 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,499 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,379 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $43,000 $53,200
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 1,353 1,499

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Widener University.

Swarthmore College
3 mile away
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4.6 mile away
Haverford College
10.4 mile away
Drexel University
10.9 mile away
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