Location
Chester, PA
Undergrads
2,741
Tuition
$36,382
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 407 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There aren't many intern opportunities around campus or through the campus

4 College Freshman

Majors: It was fairly easy to get into my program. Be well rounded to get into Widener as they are big on accepting you not solely based on grades.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good, pretty affordable. There is a lot open late

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There aren't many sororities or frats to pledge into so its hard to get a bid

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Tuition is pricey and it takes awhile to work out all of the need

3 College Freshman

Facilities: University Center is a great place, the cafe is large

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Dangerous place to be, do not cross the bridge by any means

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are pretty diverse. Some of the professors can be a pain

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There isn't anywhere to really work on campus, they need you for about 5 hours a week at max

3 College Freshman

Academics: There aren't many workstudy positions if you need one, they pay you minimum wage too.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of majors & minors offered at Widener, registration is simple

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many ethnic differences among students at the campus

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I don't think there are many attractive guys on campus.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Widener University Main Campus is located in Chester so of course the are safety issues.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You're in the middle of Chester. Shootings happen. It's not ideal, but it's okay. Just don't be stupid.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Everyone gets sick at the same time and Student Health Services always gets busy because of it. They give you medicine right there so it's helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love Widener, honestly. People can talk bad about it, but it's a decent place with good accommodations. You have to be social and work your way through but it's all worth it. I'd definitely pick this school again.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not like how it is at huge universities. We have "frat row", but frats have all been banned from it. Not quite sure when they're getting it back. Mostly just house parties that are honestly always decent. You see the same people, there's some room to move around, and you make friends. It's a good social party.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: They supply you with a gym and a great track. The athletics at the school are honestly what you make of them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's housing in Chester. It can be pretty cheap, cost-wise and quality-wise.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Whenever you do get cravings for food, you can always call No. 1 China and they'll deliver within 15-20 minutes for about 6 bucks a meal. So worth it.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They fancy it up for prospective student days, but it really sucks. You get used to eating stuff that you aren't sure what it is, or eating sandwiches and salad every day. Weird soups too..Pumpkin bacon soup?

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into your major is just a matter of applying when you apply to the school. I didn't face difficulties. I was originally in the 4+3 Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy major, but now I'm in the 3+3 because I picked up some extra classes, I'm taking summer courses, and I kept my GPA up. There's really no abnormal application process. I thought Widener was actually the easiest school to get into.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: For Psychology/Pre-PT as a freshman, right off the bat, you're thrown into Organic Chem/Bio Chem and Anatomy all within your second semester. And you need to keep a B- in your core classes. It's difficult. You need to put in the time and use resources that Widener DOES provide you with. I was failing organic chem, used my resources, and ended up getting a B. It was not easy, but at least I'm keeping my guarantee for the graduate program. I love my program because I know that I'm actually learning, not just memorizing answers for the tests. It'll suck now, but when you're out and at a successful job and using all of this important information, you'll be glad you studied as hard as you did.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's just a normal college campus with many different people. You learn a lot about different ethnicities if you put yourself out there.

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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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