For senior Caleah Kitchens, the true value of a Widener education is the investment
the university makes in its students’ personal growth.
“Whether you are doing research, extra-curricular activities, or fulfilling a leadership position, they encourage you to not only find your place at Widener, but find your place in the world around you,” explained Kitchens, a biology/pre-medical major.
This foundation of putting students first stems from the university’s inside-out approach to learning. Widener students work closely with their advisor, a career counselor, and their professors to clearly understand what their goals are and how to develop a plan of action to meet them.
Opportunities for students are infused throughout the curriculum, including life-changing study aboard experiences, hands-on internships or co-ops, and the ability to develop strong leadership skills.
“It is definitely comforting being surrounded by people who are willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and help,” said Kitchens.
And with many of Widener’s greatest points of pride linked to careers and salaries, choosing to study here creates the perfect intersection between value and affordability for students and families.
“This is what makes a Widener education so dynamic,” said President Julie E. Wollman. “At Widener, you are going to be recognized and supported both in and outside of the classroom. There will be engaging interactions and opportunities that lead to powerful outcomes post graduation.”
Business Insider, a leading online business news site, ranked Widener tenth on its list of the Top 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America in 2015. The report was based on the mid-career salaries of college graduates.
Widener graduates earn a mid-career salary of $86,300, and Payscale ranked Widener among the top 20 percent of universities nationwide on the basis of alumni median salary.
The university also provides some of the most generous financial aid packages in the area. In fact, 97 percent of students receive some type of financial aid in the form of scholarships or assistance from the government.
“We want to help families look past the ‘sticker price,’ and realize the sound investment they are making,” said Courtney Kelly, executive director of Admissions.
“In some instances, it can be more affordable to go to a private university like Widener, but you don’t know unless you apply.”
Kelly noted that with more than 60-degree options the opportunities are endless, whether you want to pursue a degree in the sciences, nursing, engineering, business, or liberal arts.
For example, U.S. News and World Report rated Widener’s undergraduate engineering program among the top 100 in the nation among those universities without engineering doctoral programs.
Our nursing program also earned the distinction of being named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education through the National League for Nursing.
But the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award is what stood out to Kitchens more than anything as she finishes her last year at Widener. She added the university’s commitment to pluralism has helped her not only stay true to her own values, but understand the perspective of others.
“I can’t even imagine going to another school,” said Kitchens, a future doctor. “Widener is home to me.”