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      Widener is Top 10 in Philly

      Widener is Top 10

      The Wall Street Journal has ranked the university among the Philadelphia area’s best schools.

      There are more than 100 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, but Widener is among the best, says the Wall Street Journal. The national newspaper recently put Widener on its list of top 10 schools for the Philadelphia area.

      "I personally feel a lot of pride. I also feel the notice is well due," said communication studies major Chase Morrison.

      The newspaper published a rankings report this fall that narrowed the nation's more than 4,700 schools down to the 500 best, based on a host of criteria that included engagement, resources and career preparation. It processed its data more extensively this month, announcing the top-10 Philadelphia area schools. Widener was ranked ninth on that list, and 252 out of the national pool of top 500 schools.

      The paper 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.

      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 factors like student-to-faculty ratios, costs, salaries 10 years after entering the school and more.

      In addition to the rankings, the newspaper gave Widener a score of 8.7 out of 10 on a question that asked students whether their Widener education will prepare them for their careers.

      Morrison said he had numerous options and chose Widener because of its personal approach to education, intimate class sizes, experience-focused learning, tight-knit community and beautiful campus. "I just knew Widener was my home," he said. "And that's kind of the theme I hear around my friends and peers. Widener simply had all they'd been looking for as a college and as a home."


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