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IPEDS ID: 216852
OPE ID: 00331300
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Widener University-Main Campus
One University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013-5792
General information:  (610) 499-4000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,912 (3,350 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty215329
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-30
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$34,762$36,382$38,028$39,8304.7%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,524$12,972$13,126$13,3882.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,100$8,100$8,190$8,1900.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$50,151$52,219$54,019$56,0833.8%
Off Campus$46,357$47,977$49,713$51,5153.6%
Off Campus with Family$38,257$39,877$41,523$43,3254.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid181799%————
Grant or scholarship aid79796%$19,307,830$24,226
Federal grants23428%$1,136,915$4,859
Pell grants23328%$1,035,365$4,444
Other federal grants22227%$101,550$457
State/local government grant or scholarships24730%$913,695$3,699
Institutional grants or scholarships78194%$17,257,220$22,096
Student loan aid68883%$7,644,653$11,111
Federal student loans68182%$4,107,698$6,032
Other student loans20325%$3,536,955$17,423
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,73385%$56,382,038$20,630
Pell grants87627%$3,667,097$4,186
Federal student loans2,30572%$16,424,645$7,126
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$27,157$27,663$27,473
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$23,553$24,147$23,467
$30,001 – $48,000$24,410$23,942$24,000
$48,001 – $75,000$25,104$25,870$25,342
$75,001 – $110,000$27,415$27,727$27,811
$110,001 and more$32,590$30,628$30,225
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment4,912
Undergraduate enrollment3,350
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment126
Graduate enrollment1,562
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 85%
Part-time: 15%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 45%
Female: 55%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 70%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 87%
25 and over: 13%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 63%
Out-of-state: 37%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 45%
Part-time: 55%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 10%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 79%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants5,5012,3393,162
Percent admitted65%68%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%22%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450550
SAT Math470580
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1823
ACT Math1825
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 76%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 84 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 53%
Transfer-out rate: 26%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 43%
6-year: 55%
8-year: 56%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 37%
6-year: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 49%
Female: 58%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 38%
Black or African American: 34%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 56%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 62%
Non-resident alien: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Women's Studies-2--
Category total-2--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-28--
Category total-29--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Related Services, Other--0-
Business Administration and Management, General05221-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other01416-
Business/Commerce, General-3--
Business/Managerial Economics-4--
Financial Planning and Services--0-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-251-
Human Resources Management and Services, Other--0-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--0-
Office Management and Supervision-0--
Operations Management and Supervision-0--
Tourism and Travel Services Management--4-
Category total012842-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-13--
Category total-13--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-8--
Information Science/Studies010-
Category total0120-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-241-
Education, General-03140
Education, Other--5212
Elementary Education and Teaching-00-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-60-
Mathematics Teacher Education-1--
Reading Teacher Education--3-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-10-
Secondary Education and Teaching--0-
Social Studies Teacher Education-10-
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1--
Special Education and Teaching, General-07-
Category total-349452
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-01-
Chemical Engineering-90-
Civil Engineering, General-234-
Computer Engineering, General--0-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-92-
Engineering, General00--
Engineering, Other--0-
Mechanical Engineering-352-
Category total0769-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management--4-
Category total--4-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-1--
English Language and Literature, General-10--
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other-0--
Category total-11--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General-0--
French Language and Literature-0--
Spanish Language and Literature-2--
Category total-2--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing--1-
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other-26--
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing--0-
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--18-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other000-
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management-09-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist7---
Nursing Education---13
Nursing Practice---9
Physical Therapy/Therapist---48
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing--1-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-141d--
Category total7167d2970
History, General-4--
Category total-4--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-228-
Category total-228-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies382-
Category total382-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1--
Category total-1--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-00-
Category total-06-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-6--
Category total-6--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-3--
Physics, General-7--
Category total-10--
Clinical Psychology--3528
Psychology, General-66--
Category total-663528
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--4-
Social Work-161123
Category total-161163
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs-2--
Political Science and Government, General-9--
Category total-24--
Visual and Performing Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General-1--
Category total-1--
Grand total10632345153
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 47
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 9
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $15,899
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,164
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined184120
Field Hockey23
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1954 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program4/1/1972 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program4/1/1984 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/1/1996 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs7/1/1989 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs7/1/1989 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/1982 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2007 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2007 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools(!)10/1/2009 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations022
Liquor law violations836
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations002
Liquor law violations310
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible120
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible020
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate4.6%5.8%5.8%
Number in default8510799
Number in repayment1,8241,8201,686
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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