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      Widener Named to Wall Street Journal List of Best Colleges

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      High Marks from Students

      Widener consistently ranks high in student satisfaction and career preparation.

      Widener University's most recent ranking comes at the hands of the Wall Street Journal, which narrowed the nation's more than 4,700 schools down to the 500 best. Widener placed 252 on the list.

      Rankings were based on four categories: school resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. The analysis included a survey of 100,000 college students as well as an examination of things like student-to-faculty ratios, costs, salaries 10 years after entering the school and more.

      Some of the university's best scores were in student satisfaction and career preparation. The results are similar to outcomes Widener has seen on other national surveys, including the National Survey of Student Engagement published last year. It showed 90 percent of Widener seniors rated their overall Widener experience as "excellent" or "good." Widener students' satisfaction with their education is also six percentage points higher than the norm at four-year private colleges and universities in the eastern region of the United States, based on results of the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory from this year. And Payscale has ranked Widener among the top 20 percent of universities nationwide on the basis of alumni median salary.

      Wall Street Journal subscribers can view the complete ranking online.

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