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Location | Chester
Population | 33,000
Enrollment | 5,610
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/09

Widener University

Chester, PA


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.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Limited
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Open
Understand Chances of Placement


  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? 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 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
  • Host Pay only
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Host Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/15/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $28145.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: None.
  • 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
Orientation Fee $220 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Some courses have lab fees and program-specific fees. There are various residence hall options with various prices. Various meal plans are also available. Health insurance is mandatory but university health insurance is not required.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/15/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester 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
We have a variety of options available. Students are encouraged to visit our dining website to find the option that best suits them. https://www.widener.edu/student-experience/housing-dining/dining


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/15/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $760 Semester Host & Home Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
All students are required to carry health insurance. Students can see more here: https://sites.widener.edu/studenthealth/student-health-insurance/

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $760 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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