How to Apply as an Undergraduate Freshman Student

Are you interested in joining the Widener Pride? Applying is the first step to starting your college journey—and we've made it easy!

Applying to college shouldn't be stressful. That's why we made the application process as easy as possible so you can focus on choosing a school that's a good fit for your future.

If you are a current high school school student, have earned a GED, or have already graduated with your high school diploma but never enrolled in college courses, you're in the right place!

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

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Not a freshman applicant? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Application Requirements for Freshman Students

Feel free to include letters of recommendation with your application. These letters are not required.

If accepted to Widener, please note that you must have received your high school diploma or GED equivalent, or be beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance in the state of Pennsylvania or Delaware.

We understand that your ability to complete an SAT or ACT may be hampered by test cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. That's why, for domestic students who apply for the fall 2021 freshman class, we're adopting a test-optional admissions process.

What is a test-optional admissions process?
The way you complete your application is up to you. Don't want to submit an SAT or ACT score? Submit an essay instead! Proud of your test scores? We encourage you to submit them with your application. Doing so will not hurt your overall application, regardless of your scores.

How will Widener evaluate my application?
If you are not planning to submit test scores, we will evaluate your application based on the strength of your essay, cumulative high school grade point average (GPA), and performance in courses specific to your major—such as science and math courses for prospective engineering, nursing, biochemistry, and pre-physical therapy students. 

If you are planning to submit test scores, we will evaluate your scores along with your high school transcripts. As part of our test-optional admissions process, your SAT or ACT score will not hurt your overall application.  

We welcome the chance to talk through your individual application.
Schedule a One-on-One Meeting  Attend a Virtual Info Session

The test-optional admissions process applies to domestic freshman students only. See international admissions requirements.

Contact your high school counseling office to learn more about the process for submitting transcripts.

  • Directly from the College Board or ACT 
  • On your official high school transcript 
  • From your school counselor

Meet Your Counselors

Our team is here to support you through every step of the application process. From answering questions and reviewing your application to setting-up campus visits, we've got you covered.

Jason Britton
Director of Undergraduate Admissions (Territory: Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties)
David J. Adams
Assistant Director of Admission, Mid-Atlantic (Territory: Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Delaware, and Western PA
Meghan Nealon
Admissions Counselor (Territory: Berks and Bucks Counties, Northeastern PA)