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      Two New Rankings Highlight Value of a Widener Education

      Emma Irving, '18

      Emma Irving, a junior English major, has a work-study position as web content editor for the Office of University Relations.

      Widener University recently received two new rankings, which serve as additional evidence that a Widener education is a fantastic investment and a great value.

      Federal Work-Study Financial Aid

      Student Loan Report ranked Widener University fourth in Pennsylvania for the most overall federal work-study financial aid awarded to students. This distinction demonstrates that Widener provides students with work-study opportunities to help them limit their student loan debt while they build skills and gain employment experience.

      Emma Irving, a junior English major, has had a work-study position in the Office of University Relations for the past two years. She says that the experience has not only helped her finance her education, but also open her eyes to new employment options and build a diverse resume.

      "In my position in UR, I have worked in the Widener website's content management system and gained general coding knowledge; I've written web content and newsletter articles. I manage the university's Instagram account and the student social media ambassadors," said Irving. "All of these opportunities have helped me gain new knowledge and realize how my degree is relevant for work in a number of different fields."

      Median Post-Graduate Salary for Early Career Professionals

      Another recent ranking shows that young alumni are achieving success once they enter the workforce.

      The U.S. Department of Education published its annual College Scorecard, which ranked Widener 11th out of the top 20 Philadelphia-area schools based on median post-graduate salary. Widener's median was $52,900 - over $18,000 more than the national average, which was roughly $34,600.

      Rankings were based on salaries of alumni who received financial aid and were measured 10 years after the alumni began their studies. When broken down by county, Widener was third highest out of 14 Delaware County institutions.


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