#26 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Widener University Main Campus

Chester, Pennsylvania

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Widener University Main Campus overview
Location Chester, Pennsylvania
Online widener.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Widener University Main Campus overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Widener University-Main Campus, established in 1821, is a private, coeducational university located in Chester, Pennsylvania, a city with close proximity to Philadelphia. The university's campus presents a blend of historic and modern architecture and offers on-campus housing options to students. With a moderately selective admissions process, Widener provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, and is particularly recognized for its engineering and nursing majors. The institution supports a diverse academic environment with a strong emphasis on leadership development. While Widener does participate in NCAA Division III athletics, it is not predominantly known for its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 5,719 prospective students applied, and 4,834 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 608 enrolled in the school.  4,294 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,581 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $48,724 plus fees of $982. Widener University-Main Campus is ranked 381 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Widener University-Main Campus is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Widener University Main Campus overview
SAT 1080/1275
GPA 3.46

Applications Accepted

Widener University Main Campus overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Widener University Main Campus
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,332
Other Fees$982
Room and Board $14,808
Budget for Other Expenses$1,782
Total One Year Cost$67,628

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$59,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

54% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Widener University Main Campus students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Health Professions 23%
Engineering 11%
Psychology 8%
Education 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216852 IPEDS survey data for Widener University Main Campus.

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