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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

Undergraduate applicants:

  • At least 17 years old at the start of the program
  • Completed of the equivalent of US high school
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent on a 4.0 scale

Graduate applicants:

  • Completed the equivalent of a 4-year US bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent on a 4.0 scale
English Language requirements

Undergraduate applicants:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall or
  • TOEFL 80 (no band below 18)

Graduate applicants:

  • IELTS 6.5 (min band score)
  • TOEFL 80 (19 Speaking, all other sub-scores 17 min)
Graduate admissions tests

GMAT and GRE required depending on program

Most popular majors

Business; health-related; Psychology; Engineering; Education

Institution type

National Research University (Private)


  • #192 national university (tier 1); #103 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program: U.S. News & World Report 2018
  • #64 Health Care Management, #135 Best Nursing Schools (Master's): U.S. News & World Report 2018
  • 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) honorary mention from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
  • #7 most underrated University in USA (based on a comparison of rank with alumni salary): Business Insider 2015
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
Room and board (per semester)
  • $7,157
Undergraduate Direct Entry (per year)
  • $45,028
Graduate Direct Entry (per year)
  • $736 to $1,163 (varies by program)
  • 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.

Application deadline

Rolling Admission

Next start dates

Spring Semester 2019


Summer Semester 2019


"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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