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Widener University-Main Campus Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Widener University Main Campus

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

87.7%
Admission Difficulty for Widener University Main Campus
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Widener University-Main Campus is 87.7%.  Its admission rate is the 84th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Widener University-Main Campus and can you get accepted?

Widener University Main Campus is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,227 out of the 5,961 who applied were admitted.

Widener University Main Campus typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.46. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Widener University-Main Campus?

88% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Widener University Main Campus you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.46 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT

Widener University-Main Campus GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.46

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Widener University Main Campus?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Widener University-Main Campus are to have around a 3.46 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.46 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Widener University-Main Campus accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Widener University-Main Campus is 3.46 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #55 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Widener University-Main Campus is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Widener University Main Campus students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 12.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Widener University-Main Campus SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Widener University Main Campus. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 17% of students submitted SAT scores and 2% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1105-1290

Applicants Submitting SAT 

17%
SAT Scores for Widener University Main Campus
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 545
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1105
SAT Scores for Widener University Main Campus
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 650
Math 75th Percentile 640
Composite 75th Percentile 1290
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Widener University Main Campus?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Widener University-Main Campus is 1200 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1105-1290. Students who get into Widener University Main Campus score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Widener University-Main Campus ranks #31 in the state of Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1200 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Widener University-Main Campus regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1105 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1105, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1010, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Widener University Main Campus is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1200 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1197, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1290 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Widener University Main Campus admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1290 and Above Good >93%
1197 to 1290 Avg + 88%-93%
1105 to 1197 Avg - 79%-88%
1013 to 1105 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 1013 Low <67%
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Widener University-Main Campus ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

22-29 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

2%
ACT Scores for Widener University Main Campus
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for Widener University Main Campus
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Widener University-Main Campus?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Widener University-Main Campus is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 29.  The school ranks #42 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

2 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Widener University Main Campus.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Widener University Main Campus is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Widener University-Main Campus for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 94% with a 29 ACT score.

Widener University Main Campus admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >94%
25 to 29 Avg + 88%-94%
22 to 25 Avg - 81%-88%
19 to 22 Reach 71%-81%
Less than 19 Low <71%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Widener University Main Campus admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,330 2,631 5,961
Accepted 2,986 2,241 5,227
Acceptance Rate 90% 85% 88%
Enrolled 302 234 536
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 10% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Widener University Main Campus is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Widener University Main Campus and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Widener University Main Campus Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Widener University Main Campus
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Widener University Main Campus is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.46 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1200 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

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