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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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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

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%


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

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.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Anthropology, Biochemistry... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

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

  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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
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.


Campus Links


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.


    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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