Widener University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$43,296

3% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$30,701

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

4.02%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

65.4%

6,045 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

6,518

67% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

56.7%

407 Graduates

About

Widener University is a higher education institution located in Delaware County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Widener University were Registered Nursing (190 degrees awarded), General Psychology (67 degrees), and Accounting (44 degrees).

In 2017, 1,537 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Widener University. 62.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (998 degrees), 5.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (183 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Widener University is $43,296, which is $16,796 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Widener University is $43,296, which is $16,796 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,701.

In 2017, 81% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 68% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$43,296

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Widener University was $43,296. The cost of tuition at Widener University is $16,796 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$30,701

2017 Value

8.35%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Widener University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,701. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Widener University grew by 8.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,903

Room and Board

$1,300

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Widener University was of $10,903 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 1.06% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 8.33% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

81%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

81% of undergraduate students at Widener University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.41% with respect to 2016, when 83% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

4.02%

2016 Default Rate

69

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Widener University was 4.02%, which represents 69 out of the 1718 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Widener University received 6,045 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 16.8% annual growth. Out of those 6,045 applicants, 3,955 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.4% acceptance rate.

There were 6,518 students enrolled at Widener University in 2017, and 92% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Widener University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

65.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,955

Accepted Out of 6,045

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Widener University was 65.4% (3,955 admissions from 6,045 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 69.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 16.8%, while admissions grew by 9.59%.

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SAT Scores

92%

Submission Percentage

708

Scores Submitted

92% of enrolled first-time students at Widener University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Widener University has a total enrollment of 6,518 students. The full-time enrollment at Widener University is 4,365 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,153. This means that 67% of students enrolled at Widener University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Widener University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.8% White, 16.5% Black or African American, 5.54% Hispanic or Latino, 3.39% Asian, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.322% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.046% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Widener University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (38.4%), followed by White Male (33.6%) and Black or African American Female (7.09%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (39.7%), followed by White Male (27.8%) and Black or African American Female (9.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Widener University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,518 students. The full-time enrollment at Widener University is 4,365 and the part-time enrollment is 2,153. This means that 67% of students enrolled at Widener University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%

2017 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 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Widener University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,221

  2. Black or African American

    1,078

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    361

The enrolled student population at Widener University is 64.8% White, 16.5% Black or African American, 5.54% Hispanic or Latino, 3.39% Asian, 2.55% Two or More Races, 0.322% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.046% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 265 students (4.07%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 391 more women than men received degrees from Widener University. The majority of degree recipients at Widener University are white (998 degrees awarded). There were 5.45 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (183 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Widener University is Registered Nursing (190 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (67 degrees) and Accounting (44 degrees).

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 (228 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (115 degrees), and Psychology (141 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Widener University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,964,320 people), Other managers (444,475 people), Software developers (363,576 people), Secondary school teachers (317,644 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (303,792 people).

The most specialized majors at Widener University are Legal (228 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (115 degrees), Psychology (141 degrees), Engineering (127 degrees), and Education (156 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Widener University are Legal (228 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (115 degrees), Psychology (141 degrees), Engineering (127 degrees), and Education (156 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Widener University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,015,590 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (498,023 people), Computer Systems Design (458,080 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (403,995 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (361,766 people).

The most specialized majors at Widener University are Legal (228 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (115 degrees), Psychology (141 degrees), Engineering (127 degrees), and Education (156 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 190 degrees awarded

  2. 67 degrees awarded

  3. 44 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Widener University was Registered Nursing with 190 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 573

  2. 964

In 2017, 573 degrees were awarded to men at Widener University, which is 0.594 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (964).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 91 degrees were awarded to men at Widener University in Law, which is 1.15 times more than the 79 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 169 degrees were awarded to women at Widener University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.05 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

43%

100% Completion Time

57%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 43% of students graduating from Widener University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 57% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Widener University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.737% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    998 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    183 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    75 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Widener University is white (998 degrees awarded). There were 5.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (183 degrees).

4.88% of degree recipients (75 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    637 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    361 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    134 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Widener University is white female (637 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (361 degrees).

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Operations

Widener University has an endowment valued at nearly $87.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $16M (18.4%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Widener University had a total expenditure of $149M. Of that $149M, they spent $63.1M on salaries and $149M on benefits.

Widener University employs 97 Associate professors, 76 Professors, and 66 Assistant professors. Most academics at Widener University are Female Associate professors (50), Male Associate professors(47), and Female Assistant professors (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Widener University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 138 employees, Management, with 102 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 98 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$87.1M

2017 Endowment

7.65%

growth from 2016

Widener University has an endowment valued at about $87.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Widener University grew 7.65% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $199M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.36M - Federal

  2. $710k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Widener University received $2.36M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $710k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$63.1M

Salary Expenditure

$149M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, Widener University had a total expenditure of $149M. Of that $149M, they spent $63.1M on salaries and $149M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$63.1M

2017 Salaries

5.47%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Widener University paid a median of $63.1M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($149M) and a 5.47% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.0896% growth from 2015 and a 3.43% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$22.8M

Instructional Salaries

270

Number of Employees

In 2017, Widener University paid a total of $22.8M to 270 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

97 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

138 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Widener University were Associate professor with 97 employees; Professor with 76 employees; and Professor with 66 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Widener University were Office and Administrative Support with 138 employees; Management with 102 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 98 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Associate professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Widener University was Female Associate professor with 50 employees, Male Associate professor with 47 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 43 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Widener University.

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