Widener University began providing education services in 1821. It is a private university, and its main campus is located in Chester, Pa. Widener also has campuses in Harrisburg and Exton, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. U.S. News & World Report ranks Widener No. 189 among best universities in the nation. Widener’s Wilmington location is home to a law school, legal education institution, and houses adult students as well as graduate-level business students.
Widener offers its 5,000 students the option of 41 undergraduate majors as well as 10 dual majors in subjects like mechanical engineering and English. It also offers about 30 master’s degree programs in academic disciplines ranging from business administration to physical therapy. Meanwhile Widener enables students to take online and hybrid courses, as well as complete their associate or bachelor’s degree online. Widener’s online courses take place over a 14-week semester and are fully online. The university’s hybrid courses are accelerated; students meet on campus weekly and complete some of their course work online. All distance courses at Widener are completed through its WebStudy course management system.
Widener University has been a Middle States Commission of Higher Education accredited university since 1954. It was reaccredited by the MSCHE in 2007 for another decade.
All Widener applicants should submit an application online or via mail along with an application fee. Undergraduate Widener freshman applicants must submit a high school transcript or GED certificate. They must also arrange to have their ACT or SAT scores mailed to Widener. Transfer students must do the same, but should submit a college transcript instead of a high school transcript. Graduate admissions vary depending on the school for which one applies; generally, graduate students must submit a college transcript as well as the scores of the standardized test that corresponds with the school for which they apply.