Widener University: Narrative Description

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One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792
Tel: (610)499-4000; 888-WIDENER; Admissions: (610)499-4126; Fax: (610)499-4676; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site: http://www.widener.edu/

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1821. Setting: 110-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $33 million. Research spending 2002-03: $193,130. Educational spending 2002-03: $10,919 per student. Total enrollment: 5,821. Faculty: 398 (221 full-time, 177 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 3,008 applied, 74% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Full-time: 2,266 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 134 students, 41% women, 59% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 35 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 9% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 2% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 85% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wayne State University, Temple University, Arcadia University, Cultural Studies Academy at Slippery Rock University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, interview, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Placement: SAT II: Subject Tests recommended. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $30,295 includes full-time tuition ($21,400), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($8795). College room only: $4095. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $713 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 62 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 20% of eligible men and 18% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: WDNR Radio, Black Student Union, volunteer services, Rugby Club, Theatre Widener. Major annual events: Spring Carnival, Greek Week, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 'blue light' emergency phones located throughout campus. 1,409 college housing spaces available; 1,354 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wolfgram Memorial Library with 241,088 books, 165,686 microform titles, 2,250 serials, 12,663 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $5.8 million. 310 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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