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Widener University

Chester, PA

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About This Campus

Widener University is a small, private, comprehensive university located on a 110-acre campus, only 20 minutes from Philadelphia (the fifth largest city in the United States). Our history as a former military college has given Widener a strong foundation, and has created a lasting set of values that are reflected in the university's mission statement today. Widener is a dynamic, inclusive academic community, transforming students into scholars, leaders, and globally engaged citizens. These values are a guiding force for the entire campus community and are infused into the curriculum through opportunities like life-changing faculty led study abroad experiences, hands-on internships or co-ops, and the development of strong leadership skills.

Location Information

Widener is located on a beautiful campus in a small city near Philadelphia. Only twenty minutes from Widener University, Philadelphia is the nation’s fifth largest city, and home to world-class art, culture, sports, entertainment, and history. With accessible regional public transport, you can easily commute from our main campus in Chester to an internship or co-op in Center City, Philadelphia’s thriving commercial and business district, and a great place to launch your career. Need to unwind? Spend the day exploring historic Old City, take in a Phillies game, or hang out on South Street with friends. In Philadelphia, the possibilities are endless.

Helpful Information

Choose from 41 undergraduate majors and 10 dual majors, including top-ranked pre-professional programs in medicine, pre-law, and physical therapy. Through rigorous academics, hands-on classroom projects, and real-world internships and co-op opportunities, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in today’s world.

2022/2023 Placement

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Fast Facts

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Location | Chester
Population | 33,000
Enrollment | 6,402
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 09/26-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/08

Campus Diversity

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1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 4%
Black | 13%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 3%
White | 72%
Other | 3%
International | 0%

Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing

Limitations
Honors program is limited. Science courses, including pre-reqs for Engineering students are limited.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Robotics Engineering - New major in Robotics Engineering.
  • Green Chemistry - Combines chemistry and sustainability.
  • Environmental Health and Sustainability Management - Combines science, health and business elements.

Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Visual Arts
  • Women and Gender Studies

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/19/21

Finances
  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 20 ($1500 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $400 Semester Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $230 Year Home Optional
Orientation Fee $135 Year Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Some courses have lab fees. There are various residence hall options with various prices. Price listed is for an air conditioned double. Various meal plans are also available. Health insurance is mandatory but university health insurance is not required.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/19/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 80% living on campus
  • Double: $3874
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Off campus housing is not provided by or monitored by the university.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $500 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Silver Unlimited meal plan with $200 dining dollars is the standard plan at 3120. Other plans for students in apartments are available.

Resources

Campus Links

Health

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/19/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $703 Semester Home Pay Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $900 per semester.

Requirements

  • Health records due by: 1 week prior to orientation.
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: varicella

Other Health Related Comments
If university medical insurance is not waived through the portal, students will be charged: http://www.widener.edu/campus_life/wellness/health/health_insurance.aspx
Health forms can be found at: http://www.widener.edu/campus_life/wellness/health/forms.aspx

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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