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Widener University makes significant upward move in Wall Street Journal national rankings

Widener University

Widener University has made a significant upward move in the Wall Street Journal rankings

Widener University has made a significant move upward in national rankings established by the Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper began publishing a U.S. College Rankings report last fall that narrowed the nation’s more than 4,700 schools down to the 500 best, based on criteria that point to how well a college prepares students for life after graduation. Widener debuted at 252 last year and this year was elevated 19 spots to a ranking of 233.
The newspaper determines an overall ranking based on 15 factors across four categories that make up a score. Widener’s score for 2017 was 59.1, up from 57.9 last year.

The overall score is determined by an analysis of university academic resources, student engagement, diversity of staff and students, and student outcomes – including alumni earnings.

The newspaper used a survey to ask roughly 109,000 students nationally a series of questions to determine how engaged they felt in their education. They were asked about experiences with their professors, collaboration with their classmates, whether they were pushed to think critically, and if they would recommend their college or university to others.

“Our strong and significantly improved ranking reflects Widener’s commitment to transformational experiences that result in superior outcomes. In particular, it reflects the power of our focus on learning through co-op and internship experiences, research with professors, study abroad, and leadership development. These opportunities are what position our graduates for career success,” Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman said. “A Widener education is an exceptional value that pays dividends for a lifetime."

The newspaper undertook the rankings project in collaboration with Times Higher Education, a business entity once owned by News Corp, parent of Dow Jones & Co., which owns the Wall Street Journal.

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 comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,