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Widener University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Widener University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Widener University was awarded 78 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is banking, corporate, finance, and securities law.

Overall Quality

Widener landed the #832 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Widener is also ranked #56 out of 134 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Widener?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Widener University is 75%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Widener is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Widener submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 515 and 600. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Widener University  ( 515 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Widener University  ( 520 to 610 )
Widener received ACT scores from 15% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Widener University  ( 20 to 26 )

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Widener University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Widener University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Widener University is 41%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  41 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Widener University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Widener University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Widener the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 51%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Widener University.

Widener University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,912 undergraduates at Widener with 2,633 being full-time and 279 being part-time.

How Much Does Widener University Cost?

The overall average net price of Widener is $31,345. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Widener

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$31,431 $26,560 $30,093 $30,744 $32,587

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Widener, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Widener, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $12,217 a year. That adds up to $48,868 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Widener is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Widener Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Widener make about $53,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Widener students since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Widener University

Widener University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chester, Pennsylvania. The suburban atmosphere of Chester makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Widener are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792
Phone: 610-499-4000

Widener University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from Widener University. Of these students, 733 received undergraduate degrees and 996 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 204 $68,769
General Psychology 45 $34,298
Accounting 39 $55,061
Mechanical Engineering 38 $63,234
General Biology 37 $31,127
Civil Engineering 34 $59,485
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 30 $71,015
Other Business, Management & Marketing 29 $42,682
Finance & Financial Management 21 $52,107
Criminal Justice & Corrections 20 $38,289

Learn more about the majors offered at Widener University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Widener

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 6,109 students took at least one online class at Widener University. This is an increase from the 2,389 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 6,109 5,062
2018-2019 2,389 1,080
2017-2018 2,402 1,148
2016-2017 2,913 1,012
2015-2016 1,564 763

Learn more about online learning at Widener University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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