Widener University

Chester, PA 19013
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Widener University is one of the one hundred nine private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Pennsylvania. The campus is located in a suburb, in Chester.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,518 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 787 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 630 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 80%). Every year 57% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Widener University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $43,296, and fees were $870. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $43,296 and $870 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students6,518
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate80%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 21 169
Master's degree 0 3
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 2
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 86.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1954 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
04/01/1984 - 06/30/2008
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1972 - 06/30/2008
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2007 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2007 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1020 to 1180
ACT20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,442/credit
In State Students$1,442/credit
Out of State Students$1,442/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$928/credit
In State Students$928/credit
Out of State Students$928/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $64,890 $64,890 $64,890
ADN 70 $100,940 $100,940 $100,940
BSN 125 $180,250 $180,250 $180,250
FNP 50 $46,400 $46,400 $46,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Widener University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 25% $3,962
Other Federal Grant 25% $392
State Grant & Scholarships 28% $3,617
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 95% $24,836
Federal Student Loans 81% $5,954
Private Loans 29% $18,556


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$26,588
$30,001 to $48,000$27,551
$48,001 to $75,000$28,963
$75,001 to $110,000$31,075
Over $110,000$31,650

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

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