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Widener at a Glance

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Chester campus that includes six colleges and schools, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE.

Get acquainted with our best-in-class academic experiences and diverse, highly engaged community. While numbers can't provide a complete picture of what makes Widener such a special place to live, learn, and thrive—it's a start! 

2023 Student Body


  • Total: 5,610

  • Undergraduate: 2,811 

  • Graduate: 1,693

  • Law Students: 1,106 

Where Our Students are From

Students represent 49 states—from California to Vermont—and seven countries, including Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Vietnam.

Our Academics

A Widener education is nationally respected and recognized—and highly personalized. From day one, students will be supported by faculty mentors and driven peers as they excel in small classes, get on-the-job experience before their career even begins, and build the foundation for a rewarding future.  

11:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

Grant Funding for Research

Widener manages $8-$10 million annually in grant funding for research and community programming.

66% Complete Internships

That's compared to 52% of students at other colleges. Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

Using Education for Good

79% of Widener undergraduates participate in service or civic engagement—27% higher than the national average.

Powerhouse Programs

  • 40+ undergraduate programs & 50 minors  

  • 50+ graduate and professional programs 

  • Accelerated Advantage 4+1 program puts students on the fast-track to their career by offering an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in five years

  • Adult & Continuing Studies programs designed for adult learners and degree completers

  • Dual degrees and joint majors, such as environmental science/biology and English/communication studies 

  • Exploratory studies program helps students select a major that aligns with their goals 

  • Flexible delivery formats: in-person, 100% online, and hybrid programs available

  • Leadership, civic engagement, and paid co-op programs provide invaluable real-world experience 

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State-of-the-Art Learning Spaces

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Finance Lab

Equipped with tools used by finance professionals.

Helping Our Students Save

Through our generous financial aid, Widener is committed to bringing an exceptional education within reach for students of all financial backgrounds.

Nearly 100% of Undergrads Receive Financial Aid

We help bring your education within reach by offering significant financial aid to nearly 100% of new full-time undergraduate students.

$50+ Million in Scholarships & Grants

We offer $50+ million in scholarships and grants to undergraduates, thanks to our generous donors.

Scholarships Start at $100,000

Undergraduate academic scholarships start at $100,000 over 4 years

$20,000 Transfer Scholarships

Scholarships for undergrad transfer students start at $20,000 per academic year.

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ROTC Scholarships Cover Up to 100%

ROTC students are eligible for scholarships of varying financial value—including the chance for 100% full-tuition coverage.

Scholarships for International Students

We offer international undergrad student scholarships and are proud participants in the #YouAreWelcomeHere program.

Our Community

Widener fosters an inclusive community with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and aspirations. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are valued members of an ever-growing network that supports each person’s success. 

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A Culture of Equity & Inclusion

At Widener, our community is celebrated and encouraged to share their unique perspectives.

Widener Universty named a 2023 great college to work for

2023 Great College to Work For

Widener was honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education in one of the largest, most-respected workplace recognition programs in the country.

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Top College for Diversity

Widener received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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87% Live on Campus Their First Year

Before long, our campus will feel like your second home.

80+ Student Clubs

With 80+ clubs, you'll find ways to get involved, make invaluable connections, and pursue your interests.     

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300+ Events On Campus Annually

There's always something happening on campus. 

Athletics: Go Pride!

NCAA Division III

Widener competes at the NCAA Division III intercollegiate level in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

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24 Varsity Sports Teams 

From soccer and volleyball to rugby and track, there are plenty of varsity sports to enjoy at Widener.

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6 Club Sports Teams

Play on one of our 6 club teams from ice hockey to rugby and more.

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15+ Intramural Sports

Grab some friends and start your own intramural sports team.

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125 Middle Atlantic Conference Championships

won by Widener sports teams

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4 National Championships

won by Widener sports teams


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60,000+ Strong

Our Widener University and PMC network is one big family with more than 60,000 alumni around the globe. 

$113,800 Median Mid-career Salary

for Widener alumni with a bachelor’s degree, which ranks in the top 22% nationwide

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Career Success for Class of 2023

96% of the Class of 2023 was employed, in grad school, or in military/other service within 6 months of graduation, according to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE).

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Widener University Factbook

Widener's Factbook is a consistent source of trend information on important institutional measures and answers to commonly asked questions about the university.

Download the 2019-2023 Factbook