Widener University

Widener University, Chester, PA

• 3000 undergrads
• 80% are PA and NJ students
• 3.4 GPA, 1030, no writing, SAT 23
• Engineering 550 Math, 1100 combined
• School of nursing, 2.5 GPA, 900 combined, accept transfers, very competitive
• PT program, 4 plus 3 program, 1100 for accelerated
• Business school – Offer 4 year coop program, taking 2 summers worth of classes, 3 coop placements if desired
• Sports Management program
• Engineering, Business, Hospitality, Computer Science have Coop programs
• Civic engagement – everyone is doing some kind of community service
• Health care clinic free to Chester residents
• Free PT clinic for Chester residents
• Has own Charter school – K – 8
• Alternative Spring Break – Habitat for Humanity
• Presidential Service Corp – Scholarship – Need to interview and fulfill 300 community service hours
• Merit scholarship based on GPA and test scores up to $24K
• COA $53K
• Financial Aid – FAFSA
• Main draw is size of school, getting individualized attention, 30% of students participate in NCAA Div III athletics
• Cross applications with Temple, Drexel, Albright in Redding, Stevenson, U of Delaware, NJ state schools
• Greek life is present but not overwhelming
• Add 5th year and earn your Masters Degree – Business, Engineering, Psychology, Human Sexuality, Education
• Students stay on campus, 4 year housing guaranteed
• 20 minutes from Philly
• Within 10 minutes to malls, restaurants, movie theatre
• Does not require interviews
• Demonstrated interest plays a role
• No TA’s, only professors teach classes
• Support services on campus, tutoring available and writing center
• 65% admit rate
• 70% retention rate
• No essay, non Common App school, Just transcript and test scores
• Exploratory studies program to help figure out what you would like to major in
• For accepted students can shadow a student for a day, attend their classes
• Students have a lot of input into what goes on at the university
• 10 minutes from Swarthmore

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