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Chester, PA 19013-5792
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Widener University-Main Campus

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Academics

Widener University offers over 80 programs including 50 undergraduate degrees, 30 minors and 30 graduate degrees. The school is comprised of eight different schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Engineering, the School of Hospitality Management, the School of Human Service Professions, the School of Law, the School of Nursing and University College.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers 24 majors across three divisions: Humanities, Science and Social Science. Degrees include English, modern language and philosophy. The college also runs Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine programs. The Pre-Law program prepares students for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The Widener University School of Hospitality Management is one of the earliest schools devoted to this field and was ranked 16 out of 200 hospitality programs evaluated by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. The school offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in a host of fields including hotel and resort management and tourism. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriot Dining Room is open to the public and is the laboratory where students receive real-world training and experience.

The Law School at Widener is situated on two different campuses and offers many programs and degrees. Widener offers three year and four year Juris Doctor Programs, and dual programs like the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration among others. Graduate programs can be found in health law and corporate law. There are also continuing legal education and bar programs offered.

The School of Human Service Professions offers students degrees in four academic divisions including the Center for Education, the Center for Social Work Education, the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and the Institute for Physical Therapy Education. Degrees offered include: special education, physical therapy and general social work.

Widener University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Admissions

New students applying for admission to Widener must complete a school application, submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores and a counselor evaluation form submitted from the student’s high school.

Law school applicants students must complete an application, submit a personal statement as to why they want to be in the program, submit official undergraduate transcripts with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, and two letters of recommendation with one from a dean or professor of the school.

Financial Aid

Students must apply for the FAFSA to be considered for aid. Widener offers loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Grants include Federal Pell Grants, Federal ACG and SMART Grants and Widener Grant-In Aid.

Scholarships include Widener Academic Scholarships and Private Scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 645th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Widener sponsors more than 80 clubs and organizations including the Italian Club, the Young Republicans and Democrats and the Criminal Justice Organization. The school also sponsors many Greek organizations.

Theatre Widener is a troupe consisting of students, staff and alumni. The theatre serves the community and is open to the public.

The Pioneer Review is the school literary journal.

The University Center at Widener is a site on campus where students can hang out and relax with events and programs.

The man campus at Widener sits on 108 acres just south of Philadelphia. The school also runs three outlying campuses in Harrisburg and Exton, Pennsylvania and one in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Widener sponsors 20 intercollegiate athletics including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s field hockey. The Pride competes in the Middle Atlantic Corporations in the NCAA Division III.

Information Summary

Ranks 54th in Pennsylvania and 670th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.23
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 21 0.06
Forcible Rape 23 0.07
Robbery 214 0.63
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 554 1.63
Larceny 626 1.84
Vehicle theft 142 0.42

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chester, PA 19013-5792
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population38,762 (38,762 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,596 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$25,429
Families8,611 (3.33 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4201

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 174th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $37,370 $37,370 $37,370
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $658 $658 $658
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,244 $1,244 $1,244
FT Graduate Tuition $20,530 $20,530 $20,530
FT Graduate Required Fees $260 $260 $260
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $840 $840 $840
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $54,019 $54,019 $54,019
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,713 $49,713 $49,713
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $41,523 $41,523 $41,523

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $34,762 $36,382 $34,762 $36,382 $34,762 $36,382
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,524 $12,972
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,665(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,295(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,295(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,461 (2,566 male / 2,895 female)
Admitted 3,673 (1,719 male / 1,954 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 828 (415 male / 413 female)
FT Enrollment 827 (414 male / 413 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment5,025

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
NCAA Basketball Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
NCAA Baseball Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
NCAA Track & Field Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

SAT Test Admission

715th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,600
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,424
Board Fee$5,916

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 30 174 38 26 7 741 20 1,056
Accounting 5 3 27 1 39
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 3 3
Anthropology 1 3 4
Biochemistry 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 2 16 23
Business Administration and Management, General 5 11 4 1 2 65 1 90
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3 6 1 1 11 1 24
Business/Commerce, General 1 3 1 2 7
Business/Managerial Economics 2 2
Chemical Engineering 1 1 1 7 10
Chemistry, General 4 5
Civil Engineering, General 1 23 1 25
Clinical Psychology 2 4 3 25 34
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 1 1 7 11
Creative Writing 1 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 1 15 21
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 21 23
Education, General 3 1 1 18 1 24
Education, Other 1 4 5 35 1 47
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 8 2 13 23
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 4 5
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 2 2
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 1 3
English Language and Literature, General 8 8
Environmental Science 1 1 3
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 5 1 12 1 20
Financial Planning and Services
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature 1 1 2
Gerontology 1 1
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 1 13 1 17
History, General 8 8
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 1 2 1 10 1 15
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 2 1 1 26 1 33
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 2 2
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Information Science/Studies 1 2 1 4
International Relations and Affairs 1 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 8 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 9 2 17
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mechanical Engineering 2 1 1 23 27
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 3 1 13 17
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Office Management and Supervision
Operations Management and Supervision
Physics, General 1 5 6
Political Science and Government, General 2 7 9
Psychology, General 8 2 2 1 51 65
Public Administration 3 5 1 9
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Reading Teacher Education 1 4 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 22 3 2 1 87 3 121
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Social Work 1 62 5 88 3 161
Sociology 5 3 11 19
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 10 11
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 2 19 25
Taxation
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 1
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1012th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,730 ($79,791 male / $70,944 female)
Number of FT Faculty 226 (101 male / 125 female)
Number of PT Faculty 549
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $22,237,136

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