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Reviews 370 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Junior

Weather: Some areas are better than others but overall its a pretty good school

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Constant security everywhere you look

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Don't eat there most days but they do have subway

2 College Junior

Parking: paying for a permit when you already pay so much to attend the school

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's location is in one of the worst parts of Pennsylvania

3 College Junior

Greek Life: don't really know too much on this topic

5 College Junior

Academics: They offer some of the best course I've ever heard of

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I've been to a few schools and they by far surpassed the ones I've been to and seen

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Go to 320 market; you won't be disappointed!

College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek Life

3 College Junior

Transportation: Recommend you or your friend having a car on campus

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus safety is great and always available

2 College Junior

Scholarships: They are available but you don't get much money

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Philly is a popular place to go party

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Lots of drinking; not too sure about drugs

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs have plenty of computers. There is a printing limit on your student ID card and if it runs out you must use your own money to print.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winters are very cold, but once April hits, you can expect to have decent weather up until about October!

3 College Junior

Facilities: I am in the Physical Therapy program so I spend a lot of my time in Cottee Hall. We have three rooms, one designed just for lectures and the other two for lectures and labs. We have access to the new nursing building which has an entire simulation lab. I feel as if this building really sets Widener apart from other schools because this lab is an excellent learning opportunity. I spend a lot of time in the gym, which is a very nice facility. There are tons of cardio machines, and entire floor of weights and machines, and they even have a rock climbing wall!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus so I cannot answer this question

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on the street is free but it is often hard to find a parking space, especially after 9:00am. There is usually plenty of parking in the designated lots, but between around 10 and 12, it is hard to find a spot because many students are on campus during these times. Having a car on campus is a good idea since you do not want to walk anywhere off campus due to the dangerous area.

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.


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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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