Widener University

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world rank  1199

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University Overview

Established in 1862, Widener University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Chester (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Pennsylvania. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Harrisburg, Exton, Wilmington. Officially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Widener University is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 7,000-7,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Widener University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 160 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Widener University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Founded 1862 Origins date back to 1821
Motto Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
Sound Mind in Sound Body
Colours Widener blue and gold

University Location

Address One University Place
19013-5792 Pennsylvania
United States
Tel +1 (888) 943 3637
Fax +1 (610) 499 4676
Other locations Harrisburg, Exton, Wilmington

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 60-70%
Admission Office One University Place
Chester 19013-5792
(610) 499 4126
888 943 3637

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 7,000-7,999
Academic Staff 700-799
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral/Professional Universities
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions focus, no graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Widener University's Library
Widener University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 319,699 physical volumes, 3,907 physical media, 362 digital/electronic medium and 308 licensed digital/electronic databases. Widener University's library has 3 branches.
Housing Yes
Widener University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,726 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association for Continuing Higher Education Member
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Online Courses

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