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Widener University



Founded in 1821, Widener is among the nation’s top universities for civic engagement.

We have a long history of turning out leaders with a formula that works. At Widener, we believe that academic excellence, career preparation, and civic engagement lead to success.


  • More than 40 undergraduate majors and 50 minors, including top-ranked programs in nursing, engineering, and hospitality management.
  • Numerous dual degrees and joint majors.
  • An exploratory studies program that helps students select a major that best suits their goals and interests.
  • Nationally recognized leadership, civic engagement, and paid co-op programs that prepare students for successful lives and careers.
  • Degree and certificate options for adult/nontraditional undergraduates.
  • Master's, doctoral, and certificate programs.
  • Several graduate degree options are available as online programs.


As early as freshman year, you'll have the opportunity to apply what you're learning in the classroom to independent research projects that will put you way ahead of the game when you apply for jobs or graduate school. Our faculty members love their subjects and can't wait to share that enthusiasm with their students. Providing one-on-one mentoring and guidance for your student research project is one of their favorite ways to do that.


From the day a student enrolls at Widener University, Career Services is the one-stop destination for learning-based career exploration and professional development.

Operating from a strengths-based philosophy, we guide students through a deep process of inquiry and hands-on skills cultivation, providing them with the lifelong ability to connect their passions with work that is both meaningful and economically sustaining.

Reflecting the University’s central missions of civic engagement and leadership, we empower students to become the leaders of their own destinies.

  • one-on-one counseling sessions
  • walk-in hours
  • skills workshops
  • classroom presentations
  • employer panels
  • general and specialized career fairs

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Student services

Student Affairs coordinates many processes to get students started.

Becoming a part of the Widener University Pride includes registering for classes once accepted, the option to participate in a pre-orientation experience, and attending orientation before classes start.

Housing services

On-Campus Housing

All undergraduates are guaranteed housing in one of Widener's:

  • 11 standard residence halls;
  • four apartment buildings;
  • our 300-person suite complex; or
  • fraternity and sorority houses

You might like living here so much that you never move off-campus.

Library services

Wolfgram Memorial Library houses an extensive collection of print, periodical, audiovisual and multimedia materials and on-line services, including our sexuality archives.

Medical services

In order to support an individual’s achievement of optimal health and wellness, Widener University Student Health Services operates under a holistic philosophy which promotes a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Student Health Services strives to educate students to responsibly seek appropriate health care for wellness, illness and injury using Healthy Campus 2020 clinically evidenced best practices.

Student Life

Campus life

  • 110-acre campus, only 20 minutes from Philadelphia (the fifth largest city in the United States).
  • Our award-winning, state-of-the-art buildings include Freedom Hall, which houses communication studies andcomputer science, Founders Hall, which houses nursing and the Oskin Institute, and the Wellness Center.
  • Founders Hall, Freedom Hall, and Harris Hall were granted the prestigious LEED designation by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Seven of our buildings use geothermal technology.
  • On-campus art gallery, museum, and observatory.

Sports facilities

Widener's motto is Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, which translates into "a sound mind in a sound body." So it should come as no surprise that at Widener, we believe that physical activity is just as important to your overall success as academic, civic, and social engagement. Whether you're a competitive athlete or just want to keep fit, you'll enjoy our modern recreational facilities and a variety of co-ed intramural and club sports.

Student clubs

Our 80 student clubs and organizations let you explore almost any interest. You can host a radio show, step out with the Widener Dance Company, or lead in student government. We do community service too, with literacy, neighborhood clean-up, and other outreach projects in Chester and around the world.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Moving for my master's was a new chapter, difficult and amazing at the same time

Brazilian in Widener University
Mayara Humberto de Lourdes rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall it's been pretty good!

Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

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