How to Apply as an International Student

Interested in attending Widener University? Our admissions team is here to help walk you through the application process as an international student.

Interested in attending Widener University to pursue an education in the United States? Our team is here to walk you through the application process and answer any and all of your questions along the way. 

International students play an active role in our diverse and vibrant community.

We can't wait to learn more about you through your application!

How to Apply as an Undergraduate International Student

  • Complete your free online application (If you are attending a secondary school, or if you have taken fewer than 12 credits at a college or university, complete the first-year application. If you have attempted at least 12 credits at a college or university, complete the transfer application.)
  • Submit your official transcripts from all high school and college/university institutions you have attended. A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by a NACES certified organization will be accepted if the transcript is not in the English language.
  • Testing requirements: 
    The testing policy for international students is best described as "test flexible". If an applicant does not have SAT/ACT scores, the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores will be required of all international applicants, with the exception of:
    • First-year applicants who have completed two or more years of high school in the United States or who have completed an English language-based curriculum (IB and A-Levels)
    • Transfer applicants who have completed two years of university-level English coursework in the United States
    • Applicants who have completed an approved ESL course in the United States at the Advanced Level
    • Applicants who come from one of the US Government English proficiency test-exempt countries (see English Proficiency tab for list)
  • Fulfill the English Proficiency requirements (see tab for more details and a list of country exemptions)
  • Additional program-specific requirements apply for students seeking admission into an engineering or nursing program.


First-Year Engineering Applicants

In addition to the standard university requirements for admission, first-year engineering applicants must have one of the following to satisfy the math requirement:

  • Take Widener's free, online math assessment and score 3 or higher
  • Receive a minimum of 540 on the SAT Math (or the equivalent ACT Math score of 21)
  • Present required IB/AP exam scores for credit

Transfer Engineering Applicants

In addition to the standard university requirements for admission, students who have completed college-level coursework and are transferring into an engineering program must meet all of the following requirements:

  • 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Grade of "C" or higher in Calculus I*
  • Grade of "C" or higher in one of the following subjects: General Chemistry I, Physics I, or Biology I*
  • Final official transcript must show that Calculus I and the science requirement course has been successfully completed. If courses are in progress at the time of application, you may still be conditionally admitted but will need to show successful completion of the courses before matriculation.
  • Comprehensive, course-by-course credential evaluation with the calculation of the GPA completed by any NACES certified organization.**

* Course grades must be approved for transfer credit towards the graduation requirements in the engineering curriculum

** This requirement is waived for transfers from accredited U.S. colleges.

If you did not earn a high school diploma from the U.S., you will need to take an English proficiency test: TOEFL or IELTS.

View English Proficiency Requirements

Transcripts are an important part of the admissions evaluation process. If you are currently enrolled in courses and do not have your final transcripts, share your current transcripts now and re-submit your official final transcripts after completion.

All educational documents must be accompanied by official English translations and must carry the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution. Transcripts and marksheets may be attested or notarized copies.

A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by a NACES certified organization will be accepted if your transcript is not available in English.

Send Via Email

Please email your official transcript to the

Send Via Mail

Printed copies of your official transcript can be mailed to:
Widener University
Office of Admissions
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

International applications are reviewed on a rolling basis which means there is no set deadline for applying.

Once your application and supplemental materials have been received, you can expect to hear a decision within 2-to-4 weeks.

If you do not submit your deposit by the deadline indicated in your acceptance letter, your admissions may be cancelled. 

Meet Your Counselors

Our international admissions specialists are at-the-ready to help you throughout the application process.