Location
Chester, PA
Undergrads
2,741
Tuition
$36,382
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 350 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Student

Diversity: I have not seen anything wrong

3 College Student

Greek Life: I am not too familiar with Greek life

3 College Student

Computers: It could be better but I do not have much of a problem

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I like my experience so far

3 College Student

Drug Safety: I do not see too much activity going on.

3 College Student

Parking: I have not had a problem

3 College Student

Scholarships: Financial aid is a long process no matter which school you attend

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I like the social atmosphere.

3 College Student

Nightlife: There are social get gatherings for everyone

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I prefer to stay on campus

4 College Student

Academics: I participate in extracurricular activities and work study.

4 College Student

Academics: Widener offers all of the courses that I wanted to take.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I prefer to live on campus.

4 College Student

Majors: Register early to get the classes that you want.

4 College Student

Majors: I took the correct amount of courses so that I would not overwhelm myself.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received 20k per semester which was surprising considering I didn't do exceptionally well in high school

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you don't mind living in a dangerous area with gang violence and heavy drug scene, go for it

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's a subway and a burger studio, but if you eat in the caf, you're almost guaranteed to feel sick

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had an awful time here. The people aren't very friendly, not commuter friendly at all, the workload is stressful, and it is extremely expensive.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No smoking campus, but drugs are easily accessible

3 College Freshman

Computers: Sometimes you need to look far, but you'll find one

3 College Freshman

Weather: We get 4 full seasons

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Dangerous, yet close to PPL park home of the Union

3 College Freshman

Majors: Mostly engineering, nursing or business majors

1 College Freshman

Majors: I hate the CE program. I am starting over elsewhere

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"All right, Mr. DeMille. I’m ready for my close-up." This classic cinematic line comes from the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard and was uttered in reference to filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, a Widener University graduate—only he attended the institution when it was called Pennsylvania Military College. In fact, since its 1821 inception, the school has undergone many name changes before settling on the Widener moniker in 1972. Today, Widener University consists of four campuses, with the main one in Chester, Pa. The Chester area is one of the campus's drawbacks, as students often cite the surrounding neighborhood as being dangerous. However, campus safety officers counter this by having an ever-present visibility on campus. Sometimes students feel they are too present, as they tend to stand guard at doors, checking bags before letting in visitors. But even with this strong presence, students tend to appreciate that they always feel safe on Widener grounds. If students feel scared, there's a reliable campus shuttle available to take students around campus and beyond (to places like Wawa and Walmart).

In terms of academics, professors are generally thought of as helpful and provide students with manageable workloads. One of the most talked-about and impressive programs is nursing. Freshman students can begin taking nursing classes as early as their first year on campus. One of the latest facilities on campus, Founders Hall, actually caters to the nursing community and includes a nurses’ station, a hospital simulation lab, and many other state-of-the-art amenities. Overall, the facilities are pretty well maintained, except that students wish the facility hours were a little more conducive for late-night studying and hanging out, especially when there are so many active clubs and organizations on campus, including Greek life. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to meet up and fit in these obligations, and unfortunately, the building hours aren’t always helpful when it comes to these responsibilities. Overcrowding can also be a problem, so students often wish the University would consider building more places for students to go. One thing students don’t complain about too much is the weather: The Chester area experiences all four seasons in all of their beautiful glory.

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