Widener University Online

Founded in 1821, Widener University was originally purposed to be a preparatory school for boys. Today, it is a comprehensive doctorate-granting university with programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. Dynamic teaching, experiential learning, active scholarship, and personal attention are just a few things that Widener strives to offer those seeking a post-secondary education. About 6,500 students are served by Widener’s four campuses in Pennsylvania and Delaware that have more than 150 programs of study.

Programs Offered

Widener’s programs of study include undergraduate majors, graduate programs, and adult undergraduate programs. Adult undergraduate programs are available through the University College which offers evening, weekend, distance learning, and online classes for part-time adult undergraduate students. Widener’s University College offers an online classroom in two types of formats, online courses and accelerated studies courses. Utilizing WebStudy, a course management system, the online course format conducts classes 100% over the Internet with no in-person meetings. The accelerated studies course format combines weekly class meetings on campus with online learning activities through WebStudy.

Many of the courses that fulfill Widener’s general education requirements are offered online. All required courses for associate degree seekers in the following majors are available online: allied health, professional studies, general studies, liberal arts, and radiologic technology. In addition, all courses are available online for bachelor’s degree seekers with majors in liberal studies, organizational development and leadership, allied health, and professional studies.


Widener is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Some programs have specialized accreditations from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission; and the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.


Widener’s University College has an open admissions policy for applicants age 22 years and older. Online courses begin in September, January, and May, the same as regular semester-long evening courses. Applicants who have never attended college must provide proof of high school graduation in the form of a copy of high school diploma or transcript or a GED certificate. Those who have attended college, but have earned less than 60 credits, must provide official college transcripts from previously attended institutions in addition to proof of high school graduation. Students who have earned more than 60 credits only have to submit official sealed transcripts from all colleges attended.

Admissions Contact

Widener University Online
Undergraduate Office of Admissions
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

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