An American university for global leaders

Learn theory in the classroom and put it to practice in the workplace

Your studies

Widener University is a private university located near Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the USA. As one of the nation’s leading metropolitan universities, Widener is uniquely positioned to offer you the chance to put your knowledge to work.

The university offers you a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate degrees, as well as leadership training included in the curriculum. Some of the most popular majors include Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Creative Writing, Nursing, and a Hospitality Management program that has been ranked in the top 20 in the USA.

The hands-on learning model means that you will have access to internships and co-op programs that you might not get at most North American universities. In fact, some international students who study for a degree at Widener already have American work experience before they even graduate. In one year alone, over a thousand organizations recruited Widener students for positions in co-op programs, internships, clinics, and public service projects. 

The university will give you an education that provides the perfect combination of knowledge, skills, and experience. If you have an ambition to be a leader of the future, this is the right university for you.

Life on campus

Widener believes that 'variety is the spice of campus life'. That's why the go-getting student body have created so many clubs, organizations and volunteering opportunities to enhance your time at university.  

If you want to get to get to work as soon as possible, take a look at Widener University

Undergraduate majors


Graduate programs


Academic entry requirements

GPA 2.75 for undergraduate; GPA 2.8 for graduate

English Language requirements
  • International Year One: equivalent of TOEFL iBT 45
  • Pre-Master's: iBT 60 (no official score required)

Graduate admissions tests

No GMAT/GRE required for entry to the Pre-Master's program but required before matriculation to business and enuineering Master's degrees

Most popular majors

Business; health-related; Psychology; Engineering; Education

Institution type

National Research University (Private)


  • #187 national university (tier 1); #140 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the USA: U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges 2016'
  • 'Best Graduate Schools' 2014: Best Graduate Business Schools; Best Grad Education Schools; Best Grad Law Schools; #36 Part-time Law program; #59 Grad Healthcare Management program: U.S. News & World Report
  • #624 America's Top Colleges (2012):
  • #10 in USA for service; #55 overall national university in the USA: Washington Monthly College rankings 2011
  • #25 most underrated University in USA (based on a comparison of rank with alumni salary): Business Insider
  • #20 Hospitality Management program in USA: Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education
Specialized accreditations

AACSB, ABET, CSWE, American Bar Association, ACPHA, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Psychological Association, NCATE 

Student-to-faculty ratio


Student population


International student population


Countries represented


Number of alumni



Chester, Pennsylvania

Campus setting

Urban - small city

Campus size

0.5 km2

Nearest big city

Philadelphia, PA (20 km)

Student clubs and organizations



Social life

Widener students come from 26 countries, bringing with them diverse interests and talents to share. The 80 student organizations and clubs on campus provide an ideal way to broaden your friendship group, and to make a difference in the community. Over 40% of Widener students participate in at least one club, and 16% start a club during their university career. 

The Widener Pride athletic teams are very popular among the student body, and they participate in a range of sports including baseball, lacrosse, basketball, soccer and American football.

Home life

The university shuttle bus stop is right across the street from the campus. It gives you easy, free-of-charge transport around the local area. Undergraduate students (International Year One) live on campus in university residence halls for at least three years. Graduate Students (Pre-Master's Program) are given help to find off-campus accommodation. 


Widener University gives you easy access to the culture and entertainment of three major cities. It is located 20 minutes from Philadelphia, and two hours from New York and Washington DC. Each city will provide you with a unique view of American culture and industry.

Philadelphia is known for its art, history, entertainment, sports and delicious food. Large corporations surround the main Widener campus, which is located in Chester, a small city on the Delaware River. 

Learn to lead at Widener University

Degree programs
Tuition & Fees
International Year One
  • 1 semester - $14,200
  • 2 semester - $28,400
  • 3 semester - $37,200
  • 4 semester - $44,100
Pre-Master's Program
  • 1 semester - $12,980
  • 2 semester - $22,000
  • 3 semester - $29,150
Room and board (per semester)
  • $6,740
Undergraduate Direct Entry (per year)
  • $40,418
  • US university fees are given in United States Dollars (USD). Canadian university fees are given in Canadian Dollars (CAD).
  • Prices are estimated and subject to change without notice.
  • For details on all University fees and approximate costs of getting a North American degree, please contact a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Next start dates

Spring semester 2017

Arrival: January 10
Orientation: January 11 - 14
Classes Start: January 17

Summer semester 2017

Arrival: May 17
Orientation: May 17 - 19
Classes Start: May 22

Application deadline

Spring semester: January 2017

Undergraduate Application Deadline

December 01, 2016

Graduate Application Deadline

November 20, 2016

Summer semester: May 2017

Undergraduate Application Deadline

April 15, 2017

Graduate Application Deadline

April 01, 2017

"What I like about Widener's business school is that all the teachers are very patient with international students. Whenever I sent them emails asking about assignments, they always replied quickly. I learned so much from them, not just business knowledge but also about American culture."

Mingze from China
MBA, Widener University

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