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Reviews 593 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Have not heard of any incidents of sexual assaults. There are no campus crimes, which is good since widener is in chester. There are campus security guards all around and the doors are completely locked at all times.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some of the science professors suck and are scary like Boyd and Van Bramer. They suck at teaching, but the other professors are good in a small environment classroom are nicer. For freshman, not many upper level interesting classes are offered, and even if you have A.P credit, you still have to take gen ed classes.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: No one really knows about widener and no one goes here unless they are desperate. It is better to go elsewhere, where the school is known, therefore more job prospects will come to you. The career services are great, but that website sucks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are not that great. House keeping sucks. And the housing process is a hassle, to the point where the dorms I want are taken in a heart beat.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not a big deal here because this is a small school. The greek housings are okay looking as well, and there aren't many greeks shoving their greek pride down anyones throats.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: First off, Widener is not diverse among races. It is mostly a caucasian school. There are many clubs and events to join, but there aren't many students. Widener is unique because it is a small school, which allows the professors to know you better. If I could, I would not choose this school, mostly because it is too small and not diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: nursing program could be better

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: it okay, i live off campus heard no complaints from other students

5 College Senior

Academics: I learned so much as a BI major.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There could be more diversity, there are alot of Caucasians.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: I know that kids sell drugs on and off campus

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am a member of a couple of honor societies but you have to work to get that high.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: They have a lot of opportunities and professors email jobs/internships but you have to apply yourself.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I live off campus now at the HUB at Widener it is great.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I had to apply twice because my GPA out of school and SATs were not the best. But after applying after my first year of college I was able to get in.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There can be improvements but they are always having recruits visit the school.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are safety guys every couple of blocks and emergency spots every block or so, just gotta run fast. The surrounding area can be pretty dangerous but within is safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm glad I came here for the price that was offered, but I wish there was more.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Awesome co-op program, pretty easy to find research and internship opportunities

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Well I live with my parents and commute so I wouldn't really know

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not in greek life so I wouldn't know. They tried to recruit me before but I don't like the idea of it.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Small gym, no free weight section. I mean there is, but there are specific hours you can be in them otherwise the sports teams occupy the whole thing. Not very many machines.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like the usual teacher student ratios, small yet beautiful campus, how easy it is to make friends, and the variety of courses offered. I don't like how limited your course options are as an engineering student solely because of how busy it is, how hard it is to join a club you don't know much about, any required online access pass like mymathlab, the puny gym, sucky food, library is usually always full on a normal weekday, and so many foreign teachers who just don't get you.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I personally am Caucasian and I can't say that I'm deeply involved in the minority community, but I have several good black and Asian friends, and never have I heard complaints about feeling discriminated against or left out

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a large part of the student population are users

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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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