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About Widener University

Widener University is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Chester, Pennsylvania. Widener University was founded in 1821 and now enrolls around 6,150 students a year, including 2,912 undergrads.

Widener University offers housing for up to 1,772 students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Widener University's endowment was $90,200,000 There are 13 undergraduate students for every full-time Widener University professor.

2021 Widener University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 75%
Average GPA 3.5
Tuition $48,724

Widener University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Early Admission at Widener University

Widener University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Widener University is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Acceptance Rate for Widener University

It is moderately difficult to get into Widener University. In 2021, Widener University accepted 75% of applicants. Last year, 5,739 students applied to Widener University and 4,280 were admitted. ### Widener University Waitlist 2021

Widener University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Widener University?

Widener University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Widener University, applicants must submit the following items.

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GPA and Test Scores for Widener University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 /4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Widener University.

Widener University Waitlist 2021

Widener University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does Widener University Require Test Scores?

Widener University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Does Widener University Offer On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Widener University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,772 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Widener University.

Financial Aid at Widener University

Widener University meets 76% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Widener University full-time are awarded $37,600 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Is Widener University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Widener University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Widener University, around 81% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 733 students who started at Widener University as first-time freshman, 392 graduate within four years.

Around 65% of students who started at Widener University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 65 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $62,500 a year.

Based on this information, how does Widener University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Widener University a good school for you?

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Where is Widener University Located?

Widener University is located in the suburban setting of Chester, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see Widener University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Chester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Widener University and Chester are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One University Place Chester, PA 19013-5792

Campus Setting: Suburban

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Wondering what life at Widener University is like? There are approximately 6,150 students enrolled at Widener University, including 2,912 undergraduate students and 3,238 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 60% percent are from PA and 40% percent of students are from other states.


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