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Points of Pride

We’ve got a lot to roar about.

From environmental sustainability to law and from business to civic engagement, Widener students, alumni, and faculty are making their mark and reshaping companies, industries, and communities.

Here are some Widener points of pride:

  • 132 judges in 17 states graduated from our School of Law
  • 89% of graduates from the Class of 2010 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • 44 athletes named Academic All-American; 5 students earned the award multiple times.
  • 190 local, regional, and national employers hired Widener graduates of the Class of 2010.

And our students aren’t the only ones to excel.

Widener University is proud of its colleges and schools, and the programs that they have put forth in educating our students.

  • Widener University’s Hospitality Management program is ranked among the top 20 in the United States by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education
  • In our College of Arts & Sciences, Computer Science Professor Suk Chung Yoon won an outstanding teacher award from Chase Morgan, was recognized by Microsoft as one of the nation’s best, and has been named IBM faculty member of the year.
  • SAP ranks Widener’s School of Business one of the best in the world for process improvement programs.
  • Over 95% of our Engineering School graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of earning their degrees.
  • In our School of Nursing, the Freedom Battalion of Widener University commissioned more nurses as officers in the US Army than any other college or university in the United States in two of the last five years.
  • Graduates of our School of Law consistently exceed the national average in their placement in judicial clerkships.

But don’t just take our word for it. 

Widener consistently gains accolades for achieving academic excellence though a commitment to leadership and civic engagement

  • Widener has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006. Widener is one of only five colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region named to the honor roll “with distinction.”
  • Widener ranks 19th on Newsweek’s list of the 100 most civic-minded colleges.  
  • Widener is one of 22 colleges nationwide invited to join Project Pericles, a national organization promoting social responsibility in education.
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching chose Widener University as one of only 76 institutions in the nation to qualify for a new "community engagement" classification.
  • As a Bonner Partner, Widener is among 75 colleges and universities working to improve the lives of individuals and communities as part of the effort by The Bonner Foundation. Widener's Presidential Service Corps is a Bonner Leaders program.
  • Washington Monthly Magazine ranked Widener among the top 100 national universities in its third annual college rankings, which measures how well a college or university serves the country.

Schedule a visit or speak with an admissions counselor to learn more about Widener’s points of pride.

Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

Difference makers

Dean Fred Akl Video

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Dr. Marina Barnett Video

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Catherine Rawlings Video

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Dr. Jeannette Wyatt Video

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Dr. Nadine McHenry Video

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Old Main

Continuing Studies
University College student Dale Kerns Jr. established the Little Angels Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support for children suffering from cancer, tumors, and other deadly diseases.

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College of Arts & Sciences
Chemistry Major Anna Miller ‘12, from East Prospect, PA, served as site team leader at CityTeam International in Chester, where she coordinated the efforts of 10 other PSC students.

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Sara McManus

College of Arts & Sciences
Anthropology Major Sara E. McManus ’13 has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow, an award that recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

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ASB

Alternative Spring Break
Anthropology Major Jess Viscuso ’12 and Nursing Major Devin Weesner ’13 coordinated Alternative Spring Break efforts for 87 students and faculty and staff chaperones at six locations throughout the U.S.

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Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Doctoral Student Scott Cheney serves on the board of the Society for Student-run Medical Clinics, where he is one of five national directors charged with planning the society’s international conference.

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Jim Harris

Widener University
President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) for 2012–13. Harris has served on the AICUP Board of Directors since 2007, most recently as vice-chair.

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Widener Observatory
Dr. Harry Augensen, associate dean of science and professor of physics and astronomy, helped alumnus Dominic Liberto ’08 arrange a private moment during a public viewing at the Widener University Observatory to propose to his girlfriend, Jenn. She said yes!

Program Highlight

1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.