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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

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

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs

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

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: African American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Arts Administration, Digital Arts

Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Information Systems, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Multimedia

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Junior High/Middle School, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Professional Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

General Studies: Leadership Studies, Natural Sciences

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Informatics, Robotics

Interdisciplinary Studies: Digital Media Informatics

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: French, Italian, Languages, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Music

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links 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 / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 20 ($1500 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/01/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $400 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Health Insurance $703 Semester Plan B Optional
Parking Fee $230 Year Plan B Optional
Orientation Fee $135 Year Plan B 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.

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

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/01/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 80% living on campus
  • Double: $3760
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
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 Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $500 declining balance plan.
  • $3309 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $2926 per semester for 12 meals per week.
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.

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