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
– Don’t 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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