Widener University-Main Campus in Chester

Chester, PA

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Overview

Widener University-Main Campus offers 339-degree programs and 9 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 65%. The most popular test is SAT - 91% of students submitted it in comparison to 18% of students who submitted ACT. 36.6% are women, and 63.4% are men. 4% percents of international students. Widener University-Main Campus is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Widener University-Main Campus is 27188$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $43325 and $56083 per year. 55% of full-time Widener University-Main Campus students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $52,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Widener University-Main Campus is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$27,188
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By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Widener University-Main Campus students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$23,467
$30,001 - $48,000$24,000
$48,001 - $75,000$25,342
$75,001 - $110,000$27,811
$110,001+$30,225

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 6816

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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22%

Types of financial aids

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2726 of Widener University-Main Campus undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 81 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Widener University-Main Campus number 14 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

Students at Widener University-Main Campus awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending

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$52,900

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services

3%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Widener University-Main Campus.

ROTC

ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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55%
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Widener University-Main Campus graduation rate is above the national average.

55% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Widener University-Main Campus completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

6 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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65%

In comparison to National Average

Widener University-Main Campus acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 7%.

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65%
BELOW AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 70%, so Widener University-Main Campus acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 5% only.

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65%
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Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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21%

Total

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20%

Full time

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0%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

78%

Part-time retention rate

100%

The Widener University-Main Campus full-time retention rate is 78% and part-time retention rate is 100%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Widener University-Main Campus students submitting SAT scores

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91%

Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
930 - 1120

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 460 - 550
Math: 470 - 570
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range

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ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Widener University-Main Campus students submitting ACT scores

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18%

Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 20 - 24
Math: 19 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range

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SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Widener University-Main Campus is 12:1, that means that for every 12 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

12:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

251
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4%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Widener University-Main Campus the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Widener University-Main Campus and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Pennsylvania.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by One University Place address in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Widener University-Main Campus with 0.26% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Widener University-Main Campus offers 339 programs in total: 168 are for Bachelor's degree, 126 - for Master's degree, 24 - for Associate's degree, and 15 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 394 universities in Pennsylvania state. Widener University-Main Campus is one of the few institutions in Pennsylvania that offers an Associate's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 9 distance learning programs that are offered in the Widener University-Main Campus: 6 are for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.

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Widener University-Main Campus provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3129 students with 93865 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1077 with 25851 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 293 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Widener University-Main Campus

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

A good college overall.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The academics are great, and the class sizes are amazing. No complaints there.The problem is the dorms, parking, and meal plan. Seeing roaches and centipedes in dorm room is very bad. For the money it cost to go here you think they would clean the dorms, and actually fix roach issues. In some dorms, the starewells haven't even been cleaned this whole semester. Moving in on the first day and having to clean your own apartment is discusting. It's like they didn't even touch the room since the last people moved out. At least make it look clean!The bathrooms are not cleaned at all on the weekend so sometimes it gets really nasty.The parking pass price raised up even more, but yet if you want to drive anywhere during 8am-5pm your spot will be taken and you will have to hunt for 20 min at least to find one.With the meal plan, it is called unlimited. But you can not go 2 times in one period. Which is annoying if you just want a snack and then dinner later.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

First, it is a beautiful campus and VERY safe! Just because it says Chester doesn't mean it is automatically a dangerous area. Police and campus safety make sure students on and off campus are safe. Second, the classes are a normal size, like a high school would be, so there is a bigger connection between student and professor. Third, the classes are rigorous and if you go to Widener and don't believe that then maybe your major is too easy for you, or you are taking easier classes. As an engineer, the professors push us as far as we can go, but this rigor is important in my eyes because it prepares us better. The research programs and opportunities are something you cannot beat! They also have a co-op program that is 12 months of experience in 4 years, and I HIGHLY suggest this! Honestly, it doesn't get any better, so keep Widener in your radar!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I have had a good experience taking online classes at Widener. I was reluctant to go back to school because I did not want to take more than one class at a time; at Widener I can do that, for the most part. My education has been a quality one.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Widener has been a true blessing for muy daughter! She is thriving thanks to the AMAZING PROFESSORS that truly care. They are able to have one on one time thanks to the small class size. Well worth the money!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: One University Place

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6104994000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: widener.edu

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