• Address: One University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792

  • Phone Number: 610-499-4000

  • Website: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/

About

Widener University is an online university located in Chester, Pennsylvania and was established in the year 1821. It is a private not-for-profit and co-educational university spread over 108 acres of area. 

The founder of the University is John Bullock. The university was initially named, the bullock school for boys where young men were trained prior to their college-entry. Thought the name of the university has changed over the years, the motto has always remained the same.

The university has taken several names since its inception. It was from 1979 that the college saw a tremendous growth to become Widener University. 

It believes in a shift from the traditional system of education. And thus the students are subjected to an experimental curriculum. The students here are taught not just what lies in textbooks, but also lessons of leadership and service.

The curriculum is designed to accommodate sufficient sessions to impart practical knowledge. Hands-on-learning is supplemented with service-oriented-education and hence it helps facilitate career growth.

  • The total student population is 6,402, out of which 4,386 are full-time and 2,016 are part-time students.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

  • Widener University acceptance rate is 70%.

  • The graduation rate is 57%.

  • Widener University address is One University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792.


Widener University Online

The online programs can be accessed on the online portal and the curriculum structure is flexible. The online degrees have been accredited and the credits can be transferred conveniently.

  • The university offers programs in Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.

  • Widener University login portal is available for prospective students, current students, faculty, alumni, and friends, where they can access various academic and university related information.

  • The university uses Canvas portal which is a simple and user-friendly platform that helps the instructors to customize the courses. Moreover, the students can personalize their accounts. The calendar feature of the Canvas lets the user view the upcoming assignments and hence facilitate on-time completion of projects.


Widener University Schools and Colleges

School of Business Administration School of Engineering
School of Human Service Professions Law Schools
School of Nursing College of Arts and Sciences

Widener University Reviews

The reviews received from the students are given below.

  • Students appreciate the faculty involvement and the beautiful campus.

  • Athletics and extra-curricular activities are rightly synced with academics.

  • The safety and security at the university are highly appreciated.

  • Clubs and organizations improve the involvement of student.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Chester, Pennsylvania

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003313

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Institutional Accreditation

MSCHE

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Programmatic Accreditation

AACSB, CSWE, CCNE, NCATE

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

Widener University is regionally accredited. The university has met the accrediting standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been accredited by the same.

Programmatic Accreditations

  • The Master of Business Administration program has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

  • Masters of Social Work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • The Nursing Programs have received accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE)

  • The Education Program of the university has received programmatic accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE).

Campus Life

The 110-acre campus is a beautiful attraction that would push you to learn at the university. There are more than 80 student clubs and organizations in the campus, that lets the students get involved in various activities. 

  • The sports and recreation sections help the students to excel in athletics as well as, keep them fit. Students from different backgrounds, societies, and cultures come together to experience unity and learn about various cultures. 

  • The on-campus art gallery, museum, and observatory act as a canvas for students to explore and exhibit their innate talents. Through all these activities the students learn lessons of leadership and civic engagement.

  • The Health and Support services at the university is aimed at reaching to the health-related issues of the student. The campus is also tobacco-free.

  • Widener University Football team, known as the 'Widener Pride' has brought many laurels to the university.  

  • Widener University Bookstore provides a platform to purchase academic-related items such as books and merchandisers.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 13: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 82 % Part Time: 50 %
Total Population 6,402
Student Population Full Time: 4,386 Part Time: 2,016
Gender Division Male: 38 % Female: 62 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 53 %

The College Monk

Female: 60 %

Total Graduation Rate: 57 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Widener University offers 5 online programs across 4 Majors

Business Management

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Nursing

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Human Services

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Education

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Widener University Acceptance Rate is 70%

Application Fee
Graduate Application Fee $25

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 5,176
Total Applicants Admitted 3,609
Applicants Enrolled 730
Full time Applicants Enrolled 728
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 2
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Widener University Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 664
Number of students submitting ACT scores 140
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 91%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 19%
SAT Math 505 average 460 - 550 range
SAT Critical Reading 520 average 470 - 570 range
ACT Composite 23 average 21 - 25 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Widener University Admissions

Widener University is one of the renowned University in the world which is offering online Undergraduate and graduate programs. There are many criteria’s given by the Widener University in order to get admission to a particular program. The students applying for this college must first get pass through eligibility criteria given by the University. The students who are applying for Masters in business Administration (MBA) and Masters in social work (MSW) must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited University. An associate degree and a registered nurse license are required for RN to BSN candidates.

For any University admission, there is always an eligibility criterion for GPA in the degree education. So it is required by the student to fulfill the noted eligibility criteria by the University in order to seek admission in the particular university. In the same way, the Widener University has also kept a GPA criteria i.e. for the students who are applying for online MBA courses the students must have a minimum of 2.7 GPA in their undergraduate education.For the MSW programs, the candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate years. The students who have a GPA less than 3.0 is also given the admission under certain conditions that the candidate must show the potential to successfully complete the program with distinction.

A minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for the RN-to-BSN candidates. Widener University also considers the GMAT test scores and English proficiency test scores for the selection criteria. The students applying for the Master of business administration (MBA) should have their GMAT score of at least 450. A score of at least 95 is required for the international students in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL). This score is minimum for all the programs. The programs are entirely online and in English.The students applied for admission must undergo several tests, they should take either the SAT reasoning test of the college entrance examination board or the American college test of American college testing Program. The students who have applied for the admission are requested to take the campus visits.

During the admission, the applicants undergo the individual evaluation to determine the potential for success. The following steps taken to complete the application are:-

  • For the MSW programs, the candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate years.
  • The students who have a GPA less than 3.0 is also given the admission under certain conditions that the candidate must show the potential to successfully complete the program with distinction.
  • A minimum of 2.0 GPA is required for the RN-to-BSN candidates.
  • Widener University also considers the GMAT test scores and English proficiency test scores for the selection criteria.
  • The students applying for the Master of business administration (MBA) should have their GMAT score of at least 450.
  • A score of at least 95 is required for the international students in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL). 
  • The students who have applied for the admission are requested to take the campus visits.

During the admission, the applicants undergo the individual evaluation to determine the potential for success. The following steps taken to complete the application are:-

  • Complete the free online application at www.widener.edu/apply and click submit.
  • Visit our website at widener.edu to access the application or to schedule a visit or to request information.
  • Give the Secondary School Report to the principal or guidance counselor at your school.
  • Take the necessary College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) tests and have the results sent to Widener.

The students are advised to complete their senior year of secondary school rather than bypassing it in favor of early admission to college. The university invites the matriculation of students from other nations and is authorized under federal law to issue SEVIS form I-20 for visa application. A specific “International Student Application” is provided electronically for use by all international applicants, including those who have completed their secondary education in the United States. After the Application process, the students who are selected must immediately submit the following items for the consideration of the online programs at the widener university:-

  • Candidates have to complete the application form.
  • Statement of purpose (MBA & MSW only): An MBA requires a brief summary of why you want to enroll and MSW requires a four and six double-spaced page document on personal background, career objectives and personal evaluation. Please ask your Program Manager for full details on what each program requires.
  • Two letters of recommendations (MBA & MSW only) – MSW candidates who have completed their undergraduate degrees within the last six years must submit one academic reference letter.
  • Official college transcripts from each school you’ve attended.

RN-to-BSN candidates must reach out to a Program Manager to complete a credit evaluation. This will allow us to determine if you meet all of Widener’s pre-requisites and will help you plan accordingly.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and assistance are available for the students in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans and work-study. Students looking for financial aid facilities can fill the Federal Aid/ FAFSA form. Widener University federal school code is 003313.

  • The various Grants available are Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

  • The various Scholarships available are Widener University Endowed Scholarships, Academic Merit Scholarships, Maguire Foundation Endowed Scholarships, Presidential Service Corps Scholarships, Music Scholarship, Honors Program, CityYear Give A Year Partnership, You Are Welcome Here Scholarship, Army ROTC Scholarships, and Private Scholarships.

  • The Loans include Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and Private/Alternative Loan.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $3,962 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. December 15th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $392 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. December 15th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct PLUS Loans $18,556 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Dependent students. December 15th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized loan $5,954 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. December 15th, 2019
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,954 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. December 15th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Satisfactory academic progress. December 15th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Delaware State Grant Varies Delaware Resident. Enrolled Full time. May 1st, 2019
Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) Varies Pennsylvania Resident. Enrolled Full time. May 1st, 2019

Data Source: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Widener University Grant-In-Aid $24,836 Enrolled Full time. Undergraduate Student. Varies
Institutional Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Widener University Employment Varies Enrolled Full time at Widener University. Satisfactory academic progress. Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Merit Scholarships $24,836 Incoming Full time undergraduate Student. High Academic Performance. Varies
Widener University Endowed Scholarships $24,836 Outstanding Academic Performance. Enrolled Full time. Varies
The Maguire Foundation Endowed Scholarships $24,836 Incoming Widener freshmen Student. Student Maintain Good Academic Standing. Varies
ROTC scholarships $24,836 United States citizen. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.50. Minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. Varies
Honor Scholarships $24,836 Minimum ACT composite score of 26 and SAT scores of 1270. Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.4 or higher. Varies

Data Source: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Montgomery GI bill Varies For active duty or selected reserve members of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $14,965 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies
Yellow Ribbon Program Varies Eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Must not be on active duty or a spouse transferee of an active duty member. Varies
Tuition Assistance Program $2,083 Eligible Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Varies

Data Source: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $26,481
$30,001 - $48,000 $25,888
$48,001 - $75,000 $25,998
$75,001 - $110,000 $27,508
Over $110,000 $29,672

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 25% $4,100
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 96% $27,016
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 28% $4,501
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 95% $25,081
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 82% $10,574
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 81% $5,775
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 28,335
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 85 $16,303
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 37 $18,952
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 48 $14,262

Data Source: http://onlineprograms.widener.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Library

The university's library is named as the Wolfgram Memorial Library. Time slots are allotted for accessing the university’s resources. Journals, articles, research-resources and many more are available for the use of the student.

The academic programs at the university are supplanted with a collection of 241,000 volumes, 2,256 current periodical subscriptions, 167,963 microforms, access to over 80 online services, and a diverse collection of audiovisual and multimedia materials. 8 faculty librarians along with 19 staff make the library truly functional. The library functions for 95.5 hours per week.

Rankings

  • The Carnegie Foundation chose the university, for being a cause for the advancement of teaching to qualify for community engagement, along with 76 other institutions.

  • According to the US News, the university has secured 48th rank for 'Best Colleges for Veterans'.

  • The university was named as the 'National League for Nursing Center for Excellence' by the National League for Nursing.

  • The MSW program has been ranked at number104 in the nation by the US News.

  • The university was chosen as one of the finalists with 14 other universities for the President’s Higher Education Service Honor Roll Award.

FAQ's

  What is the cost of attending tution?

The cost of attending tution for in-state and out-state undergraduate is $43,296.

  What is the college address?

The college address is One University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania. Zip-code - 19013

  What is the acceptance rate at the university?

The acceptance rate of the university is 70%.

  Which institution accredited the college?

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

  What are the SAT score requirements?

The SAT score requirement includes:

  • For SAT Math, the average is 505 which ranges from 460-550

  • For SAT Critical Reading, the average is 520 which ranges from 470-570

  What are the majors available?

The available majors are Business Management, Human Services, Nursing, Education.

  Is the college public or private?

The college is a private not-for-profit type of an institution.

  Is the college military friendly?

Yes, the college is military friendly and veterans friendly.

  What is the graduation rate at the college?

The overall graduation rate of the college is 57%.

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