Points of Pride

We’ve got a lot to roar about.

From environmental sustainability to law and from business to civic engagement, Widener students, alumni, and faculty are making their mark and reshaping companies, industries, and communities.

Here are some Widener points of pride:

  • 196 judges in 17 states graduated from our Schools of Law
  • 89% of graduates from the Class of 2014 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • 192 local, regional, and national employers hired Widener graduates of the Class of 2014.
  • Widener student-athletes achieve in the classroom, with 57 athletes named Academic All-America; 11 students earned the award multiple times.

And our students aren’t the only ones to excel.

Widener University is proud of its colleges and schools and the programs that they have put forth in educating our students.

  • Widener’s School of Business Administration holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier accrediting body for business education. Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide hold this accreditation.
  • Widener’s Hospitality Management program is ranked among the top 20 in the United States by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.
  • Widener’s digital media informatics major in the College of Arts and Sciences is one of only five programs of its kind in the nation. This rapidly growing area combines communications strategy with information technology and applies to a wide range of career possibilities.
  • More than 95% of our engineering graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of earning their degrees, with an average starting salary of $56,000.
  • In our School of Nursing, the Freedom Battalion of Widener University commissioned more nurses as officers in the U.S. Army than any other college or university in the United States in two of the last 10 years.
  • Alumni from our graduate programs in education are in leadership positions in schools and school districts all over the region. More than half of local school district superintendents, principals, and directors hold degrees in education from Widener.
  • Graduates of our law schools consistently exceed the national average in their placement in judicial clerkships.
  • The Chemistry Department is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability and chemistry. Widener became one of the the first Pennsylvania institutions to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment in 2014.

But don’t just take our word for it. 

Widener consistently gains accolades for achieving academic excellence though a commitment to leadership and civic engagement

  • Widener has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for eight years in a row. 
  • Our students have an opportunity to engage in substantive research as early as their freshman year. They apply what they’re learning in the classroom to research projects done in collaboration with faculty, often leading to scientific presentations by students at local, national, and international events, and occasional published articles in professional journals.
  • Widener was the first institution of higher education in the Philadelphia area invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative University.
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching chose Widener University as one of only 76 institutions in the nation to qualify for a new "community engagement" classification.
  • As a Bonner Partner, Widener is among colleges and universities working to improve the lives of individuals and communities as part of the effort by The Bonner Foundation. Widener's Presidential Service Corps is a Bonner Leaders program.


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