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Reviews 465 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Student

Administration: Its expectations are pretty serious for appropriateness and proper conduct

3 College Student

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is always a tidiest and slow process. It takes patience and endurance to make it through the waiting game of submitting and resubmitting documents. The process is not pleasant but the end result of tuition assistance please s priceless.

3 College Student

Campus Food: I have only eaten on campus once the the food was totally average and regular normal fast food options and healthy and RWA options as well

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I guess it's okay I actually don't live on-campus but I went to visit it and it looks pretty average.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus saves you a TON of money

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You're in chester. There's not a lot you can do.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I wish they would be more strict about quiet hours

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: the reason I go here is because I got lots of aid

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some of the food is good but some is greasy/bad

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Close to class, not a quiet/welcoming environment

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a lot of Widener students involved with an enormous variety of sports. This past year was one of the best years our football team has had in a long time. The fan support was incredible and for a few weeks the school spirit was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was so much fun.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not think much of the Greek life on this campus. I was going to rush last year for a sorority but could not due to my involvement with another sport. I have friends in Greek life and they love it. Besides that I don't know too much about the topic.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If a student wants to live off campus before their senior year it is a bit of a process. A letter must be written to residence life requesting to live off campus for financial hardship. This is a very annoying, unnecessary process considering in the past Widener has literally run out of on campus housing and put students on wait lists. Widener had so little housing last year they bought out two floors of a hotel to house students. For them to make the process of moving off campus such a nuisance is ridiculous. The houses off campus are not amazing properties, but they are enough for most college kids to tolerate and afford.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are barely any off campus dining options. The closest restaurant is about a ten minute DRIVE away. Therefore if you do not have a car, you will have to eat on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness on this campus mostly deals with academic honesty. This school does NOT tolerate cheating in anyway shape or form. This is a very serious matter and most students who have been caught cheating have been completely expelled from this university.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This is a very expensive school. It took many loans and the help of financial aid for me to be where I am. I am grateful for the aid I have received, but I often feel like it is still not enough. My family has had many financial set backs and sometimes the financial aid office here at school is less than willing to help us out.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is really good for a school this size. Everyone knows everybody basically so it is really easy to feel comfortable. Most people that come out to parties have fun and all of this takes place off campus.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Freshman & Sophomore students are forced to get unlimited swipes for their meal plan. This is very expensive especially when the student does not have the time to go to the cafeteria that often, nor do I even want to. The options are always the same and they are not good. It is rare the cafeteria even has something I want to eat. I am a vegetarian and yes there is ONE vegetarian station but the common dish is pasta, which I am now sick of. I am not happy with the meal plans/cafeteria.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best part about living on campus is the proximity to the academic buildings and getting to know everyone else. The social atmosphere is awesome, exactly what you would expect at a college. However there are not many things to do on campus. There are no stores, restaurants, coffee shops etc. to do in your free time. If a student does not have a car on campus, it is nearly impossible to do anything. The surrounding area is not very safe so students without transportation are often stuck here.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many places to eat off campus because unfortunately, Chester is not the safest city at night.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is always on patrol for people who need their help and most of the time, it is the drunk students who need their help with a situation, for example, getting back to their dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish I could receive more financial need that I received because I had to take out a loan and am in debt. I am grateful for the aid that I did receive though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't particularly enjoy eating the cafeteria food just because it can be very fattening at some points. When the specialty food is bad, there is always pizza and french fries which is what the student end up eating half the time. I enjoy eating at the POD but my money runs out very fast because most of the time the cafeteria food is not tasty. I do wish there was more of a healthier choice at my school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a new experience to me because I have never experienced moving into a dorm room with 20 other girls living on my floor. Its great to interact with all the other nursing students because most of us are in the same classes and that is helpful with things that we don't understand. However, it can be stressful living with so many girls because sooner or later the girls form clicks. I love having the opportunity to live away from home and take on new responsibilities though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: widener gives out tons of financial aid which is great, but not really being able

To afford college to begin with can be the problem.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's this?

"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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