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Widener among Most Underrated Colleges in America

The average mid-career salary for a Widener graduate is $84,600.

Business Insider, a leading online business news site, has ranked Widener University seventh on its list of the Top 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America based on a comparison of the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings to the mid-career salaries of college graduates.

“Plenty of schools aren't worth the hype, while others don't get the recognition they deserve,” the Business Insider story begins.

The Business Insider study plots the U.S. News & World Report rankings versus PayScale’s annual College Salary Report. The results place Widener as the seventh most underrated college in the nation. Two years ago, Widener ranked 25.

"The Widener experience includes an active involvement in civic engagement, Greek societies, and experiential learning. Located in Chester, Pennsylvania, students are only 20 minutes away from internships and job opportunities in Philadelphia. The average mid-career salary for Widener grads is $84,600,” the story states.

More information on Business Insider’s methodology for the ranking is available here.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website,