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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 Course Topics. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and 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).

Profile of Widener University Main Campus

Widener University can be found in Chester, PA (a large suburb). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at Widener University.

Course Topics

The most common majors at the school are in hospitality, family and social work, and therapy and Counselling.

Widener University Selectivity

Widener University does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 440 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 450 to 560, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way Widener University works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at the school are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 4, 866 students were enrolled in Widener University.

Student Life

Student dorms or apartments are common at the school. Widener University offers students meal plans. The school student athletes compete in Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"As a leading metropolitan university, we achieve our mission at Widener by creating a learning environment where curricula are connected to societal issues through civic engagement. We lead by providing a unique combination of liberal arts and professional education in a challenging, scholarly, and culturally diverse academic community. We engage our students through dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning. We inspire our students to be citizens of character who demonstrate professional and civic leadership. We contribute to the vitality and well-being of the communities we serve. "

Widener University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Therapy and Counselling174clinical psychology, physical therapy, psychology
Education and Teaching168education, special ed, science teaching, middle school teaching, social studies teaching
Business and Management154business management, accounting, business and related services, financial planning, human resources management, business, managerial economics, accounting and related services, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine149registered nursing, various nursing, nurse practitioner, community nurse
Family and Social Work116social work, public administration
Engineering70civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, various engineering courses, engineering, engineering management
Liberal Arts63liberal arts and sciences, history, political science, English, sociology, foreign language and literature, international relations, anthropology, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering42information science, computer and info science, computer engineering
Hospitality37hospitality management
Security and Law Enforcement34criminal justice and administration
Media23communication studies
Science22biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics
Medicine18health professions
Medical administration15health care facilities management
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Medical Support and Technology1radiation therapist
office and Administration0office management

Contact: Widener University

Widener University Main Campus

One University Place

Chester, PA 19013-5792

General Phone: (610) 499-4000


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