Widener University Main Campus

Widener University Main Campus

Widener University, a private, coeducational university located in Chester, Pennsylvania, was established in 1821 as a preparatory school for boys. It was given its present name in 1979. The main campus is covers more than 105 acres and the university enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students. Widener University offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in diverse areas of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Hospitality Management
  • School of Human Services Professions
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing
  • University College

Widener fields more than 15 varsity teams both for men and women. The teams compete in Division III sports within the Middle Atlantic Corporation (MAC).

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Contacting Widener University

Widener University-Main Campus
One University Place
Chester , PA 19013-5792
General Phone: (610) 499-4000

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Widener University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling183psychology, clinical psychology, physical therapy
Business and Management173business, business management, operations management, accounting, accounting and related services, managerial economics, financial planning, human resources, human resources management, ...
Education and Teaching163education, special ed, middle school teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine151registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, community nurse, various nursing
Family and Social Work137public administration, social work
Liberal Arts75foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, international relations, political science, ...
Engineering65engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, various engineering courses, engineering management
Hospitality32hospitality management
Security and Law Enforcement30criminal justice and administration
Medicine27health professions
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science, information science, computer engineering
Media22communication studies
Science18biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Medical Administration11health care facilities management
Medical Support and Technology4radiation therapist
Fine Arts2fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Office and Administration0office management

Number of programs and degrees for Widener University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree59043
Associate's degree127
Master's degree39933
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship422
Doctor's degree - professional practice792

Widener University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Widener University had a total enrollment of 4,866 students (4,201 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 50%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 36%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 12%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 18%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 19%
22-24 13%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey31%
New York2%

Widener University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 100 %

Widener University Room and Board (2007)

Widener University offers campus housing for 1,600 of its 4,201 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chester, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Widener University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440530
SAT Math460560

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Widener University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,450
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,450
Room and board $ 11,400
Room charge $ 5,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,240
Books and supplies $ 1,080
Other expenses $ 1,665

Financial Aid:
Widener University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 331300)

Widener University Faculty

Widener University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1836
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1828

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year32$91,45023$85,291
Associate professoracademic year42$74,60729$73,443
Assistant professoracademic year24$64,56635$57,785
Instructoracademic year1*4$52,500
Lectureracademic year9$51,84421$54,705
All faculty totalacademic year108$75,275112$66,722

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Widener University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Basketball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Baseball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Track Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

Widener University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Widener University Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Widener University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Widener University % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Widener University % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Widener University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Widener University Number of students
% of degrees in hospitality
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Widener University % of degrees in hospitality
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Widener University % of degrees in engineering
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Widener University Salaries of full-time faculty
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Widener University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Widener University % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%Widener University % students 40 years or older

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checked Option to study abroad
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