C O L L E G E   P R O F I L E   -   O V E R V I E W
Widener University
Chester, PA
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,591
   Women 1,997 (55.6%)
   Men 1,594 (44.4%)
Graduate Students 2,811
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 70% of 5,175 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.52
SAT Math 524 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 506 average
460-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $59,369
  Tuition and Fees $42,870
  Room and Board $13,616
Average Percent of Need Met 81%
Average Freshman Award $34,200
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 297
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Chester Population 34,031
Nearest Metropolitan Area Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 82% of freshmen, 47% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Pioneers
Sororities 9% of women participate
Fraternities 10% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.9% Asian
12.0% Black/African-American
5.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.1% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students 4.1%
First-Year Students Returning 82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 41.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 15.0%