Widener University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$50,624
3.9% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$32,185
After Financial Aid
2022 Acceptance Rate
87.7%
5,961 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
5,416
75.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
67.9%
494 Graduates

About

Widener University is a higher education institution located in Delaware County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Widener University were Social Work (288 degrees awarded), Public Health Education & Promotion (60 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (59 degrees).

In 2022, 1,798 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Widener University. 67.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,171 degrees), 4.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (245 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Widener University is $50,624, which is $20,474 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Widener University is $50,624, which is $20,474 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,185.

In 2022, 98% of undergraduate students attending Widener University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$50,624
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Widener University was $50,624. The cost of tuition at Widener University is $20,474 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$32,185
2022 Value
27%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Widener University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,185. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Widener University grew by 27%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,544
Room and Board
$1,332
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Widener University was of $11,544 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 5.47% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,332. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

98% of undergraduate students at Widener University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 7.69% with respect to 2021, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Widener University received 5,961 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 4.23% annual growth. Out of those 5,961 applicants, 5,227 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.7% acceptance rate.

There were 5,416 students enrolled at Widener University in 2022. 17% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Widener University has an overall enrollment yield of 10.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,227
Accepted Out of 5,961

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Widener University was 87.7% (5,227 admissions from 5,961 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 84.5%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 4.23%, while admissions grew by 8.13%..

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SAT Scores

17%
Submission Percentage (2022)
93
Scores Submitted (2022)

17% of enrolled first-time students at Widener University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Widener University had a total enrollment of 5,416 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Widener University is 4,081 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,335. This means that 75.4% of students enrolled at Widener University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Widener University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.5% White, 16.6% Black or African American, 7.02% Hispanic or Latino, 3.51% Asian, 1.99% Two or More Races, 0.129% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0739% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Widener University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.9%), followed by White Male (28.8%) and Black or African American Female (11.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.8%), followed by White Male (22.4%) and Black or African American Female (8.55%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

75.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Widener University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,416 students. The full-time enrollment at Widener University is 4,081 and the part-time enrollment is 1,335. This means that 75.4% of students enrolled at Widener University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Widener University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Widener University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,329 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    900 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    380 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Widener University is 61.5% White, 16.6% Black or African American, 7.02% Hispanic or Latino, 3.51% Asian, 1.99% Two or More Races, 0.129% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0739% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 385 students (7.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 634 more women than men received degrees from Widener University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Widener University is white (1,171 degrees awarded). There were 4.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (245 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Widener University is Social Work (288 degrees awarded), followed by Public Health Education & Promotion (60 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (59 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Widener University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (358 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (311 degrees), and Engineering (121 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Widener University are Registered nurses (1,468,386 people), Other managers (461,748 people), Software developers (447,890 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (347,599 people), and Civil engineers (281,152 people).

The most specialized majors at Widener University in 2022 are Legal (358 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (311 degrees), Engineering (121 degrees), Psychology (113 degrees), and Health (453 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Widener University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Widener University are Legal (358 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (311 degrees), Engineering (121 degrees), Psychology (113 degrees), and Health (453 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Widener University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,773,865 people), Elementary & secondary schools (692,186 people), Computer Systems Design (520,390 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (473,425 people), and Outpatient care centers (447,804 people).

The most specialized majors at Widener University are Legal (358 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (311 degrees), Engineering (121 degrees), Psychology (113 degrees), and Health (453 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Widener University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 201 degrees awarded
  2. 48 degrees awarded
  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Widener University was Registered Nursing with 201 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

582
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,216
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 582 degrees were awarded to men at Widener University, which is 0.479 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,216).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 122 degrees were awarded to men at Widener University in Law, which is 0.767 times less than the 159 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 274 degrees were awarded to men at Widener University in Social Work, which is 9.45 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
65%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 53% of students graduating from Widener University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 65% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 66% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Widener University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.82% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,171 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    245 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    107 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Widener University is white (1,171 degrees awarded). There were 4.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (245 degrees).

6.51% of degree recipients (117 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    752 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    419 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    189 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Widener University is white female (752 degrees awarded). There were 1.79 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (419 degrees).

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Operations

Widener University has an endowment valued at nearly $114M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 9.06M (7.95%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Widener University had a total salary expenditure of 163M. Widener University employs 105 Assistant professors, 92 Associate professors and 68 Professors. Most academics at Widener University are Female Assistant professor (64), Female Associate professor (55), and Male Assistant professor (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Widener University are: Management, with 145 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 100 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 85 employees.

Endowment

$114M
2022 Endowment
0.791%
decline from 2021

Widener University has an endowment valued at about $114M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Widener University declined 0.791% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $259M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$71.8M
2022 Salaries
6.14%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Widener University paid a median of $71.8M in salaries, which represents 44.1% of their overall expenditure ($163M) and a 6.14% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$23.3M
Instructional Salaries
277
Number of Employees

In 2022, Widener University paid a total of $23.3M to 277 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
105 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
145 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Widener University were Assistant professor with 105 employees, Associate professor with 92 employees, and Professor with 68 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Widener University were Management with 145 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 100 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 85 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Widener University was Female Assistant professor with 64 employees, Female Associate professor with 55 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 41 employees.

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