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Widener University

Chester, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate88%

Widener University Admissions

Widener University is moderately difficult to get into. Widener University admitted 88% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 5,961 applications received in 2023, 5,227 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Widener University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Widener University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Widener University's admissions stats.

Widener University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist No

Widener University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Widener University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 November 25

Applying Early to Widener University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Widener University will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 25.

Some students apply early because they hope it will increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Widener University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Widener University?

Getting into Widener University is moderately difficult. Widener University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Widener University accepted 88% of students, around 5,227 from the 5,961 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Widener University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Widener University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Widener University

Widener University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Widener University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Widener University

What does Widener University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Widener University for more information on admission factors.

Widener University Application Requirements

To apply to Widener University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Widener University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Widener University?

Students admitted to Widener University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 17% of Widener University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Widener University?

To be competitive with other Widener University applicants, you should strive to score between 1110 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Widener University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Widener University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 545 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Widener University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 545 or higher.

To be most competitive at Widener University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Widener University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Widener University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Widener University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Widener University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Widener University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Widener University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Widener University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Widener University.

Does Widener University accept transfer credits?

✅ Widener University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Widener University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Widener University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Widener University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Widener University?

❌ No, Widener University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Widener University's acceptance rate?

✅ Widener University has an acceptance rate of 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Widener University?

❌ Widener University does not offer early decision.

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Widener University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Widener University? Widener University is a somewhat selective institution. The Widener University acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Widener University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Widener University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Widener University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Widener University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1270


Math SAT Range

560 - 640


Reading SAT Range

545 - 650

Widener University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Widener University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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