We put Widener’s values — experiential learning, leadership, and career preparation — at the center of every program we offer. These values are reflected in rigorous academic expectations and high-impact educational practices that promote student engagement and learning.
Whether they’re going for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, students have experiences that are directly derived from our educational philosophy that encourages them to have community-based experiences at home and abroad.
Hands-on learning in small classes
Enrolling at Widener enables students to learn more than just the facts; they engage in experiential learning projects where classroom knowledge is applied to real-world issues, often through service-learning courses. Over 75% of Widener students participate in service or volunteer activities. It’s no wonder why Widener ranks among Newsweek’s top 20 service-minded colleges.
Transformative leadership opportunities
Every academic program affords students multiple experiences to develop competency, character, and courage as part of their leadership development, including the option to pursue a minor in leadership studies. Widener’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programming is also designed to help students develop characteristics associated with professional and civic leadership and earn a leadership certificate along the way.
Real-world on-the-job experience
Our internships and co-op education programs consistently get high marks from students and employers alike. In fact, Widener offers one of the rare co-op programs in the area in which students can gain a year of paid work while still completing their degree in four years.
Widener’s core values help our graduates make their mark in the world.
We're all Widener!
At Widener, anyone and everyone can step up to be a leader. Widener is committed to diversity and this commitment is one that values the perspectives of each of our community members.
Our focus on diversity emphasizes three key values:
- We're all valued.
- We're all contributors.
- We're all Widener!
When a plurality of viewpoints are valued, explored, and seen as opportunities for learning and personal growth, we all benefit.