Widener University Reviews

  • 29 Reviews
  • Chester (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $51,639
100% of 29 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 29 students said they would recommend this school to others
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E Grande
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Widener University offers an Accelerated Reserved Seat Pre-Physical Therapy program that allows students to finish out their DPT in six years, rather than seven. This program has helped me in many ways and helped me save a lot of money and time in tuition costs. In addition, to this amazing program, Widener University is a diverse culture that focuses on community and leadership. It is a fairly small campus with small class sizes so you get to know your professors and faculty really well. People who work here cares for the success of their students and offers help whenever they can."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"This program was very structured and provided me with a comprehensive education, both theoretical and applied."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Their master's of social work program is well structured and worthwhile."
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Widener University is a small school with an intimate classroom experience. Students are on a first name basis with faculty members. Professors take time to meet with students outside of class for questions and advise. The university has great relations with the surrounding community and provides many opportunities for its students to get involved in community engagement. Employment rate for graduates of my doctoral program is 96% within 6 months following graduation."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"it had a great clinical social work program, awesome internship placements"
Lisa Duelfer
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I started my college career as an environmental science major. I struggled with the curriculum as I didn't have a strong enough background in the math and advanced sciences needed. My science academic adviser helped me reconfigure my courses to a minor, and I switched my major to social work. The Widener Social work program is built with two goals in mind: to do clinical social work and eventually earn your masters in social work, and to double as a psychology major. Since I wanted to do community work with my degree, I often butt heads with my internship professor, but in the end I was able to earn a job because of that internship, which gave me a huge financial and resume boost until I was able to find work that reflected my goals of disaster preparation and recovery. The one on one attention I received is why I decided to go back to earn my masters in Public Administration, to further my goal of community management."
Katie Fitzgerald
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"The social work program has a curriculum that provides smaller classrooms for more individualized attention and more hands-on learning as they allow students to engage in service learning and internship possibilities. Professors encourage students to be out in the field and applying their learning in the classroom to their learning environment out of the classroom."
Gabrielle Salomone
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"Widener is a small university, the Master's in Social Work program teaches relevant material that will be applied out in the field after graduation. My biggest issue with the program is the process for internship placement, and the quality of other classmates is questionable at times."
Alanna DiBiasi
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2016
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Widener university was the best decision I have ever made in my life and I have had to make many decisions in my youth. This past year of being out of Wideners DPT program solidified my choice. I honestly couldn't have chosen a better place. So many oppportunities were handed to me because of this place, and I am truly honored to have taken every opportunity this university has provided to me."
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2016
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"Widener has an excellent engineering program. Coupled with the co-op program, you can graduate with an engineering degree and real world experience. It's close proximity to major engineering companies such as Boeing, Eaton, and DuPoint give students the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real engineering problem."
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Great program and clinical sites. Works well with veterans."
Katelyn Regan
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"Widener's Dual MSW/M.Ed. program in human sexuality is a wonderful program. It is a shame that there is not more financial support for the graduate students."
Amanda Higgins
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"I love the social work faculty. However, the enrollment services staff members have no idea what they are doing. They are unhelpful when it comes to loan information. They have not refunded my left over loan amount and billed me for $1,500 worth of insurance charges even after I proved I had my own health insurance. If you can get past enrollment services Widener is a great school education wise."
Daria Porretta
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Widener University physical therapy doctorate program is of high standards. The professors and faculty are always available and commited to our education. Widener could improve in helping their students find loan forgiveness programs, financial aid opportunties, and scholarships."
Ben Alfano
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Pros: Good reputation locally, a few very invested professors, emphasis on multiple theoretical orientations, strong training in assessment, integrated internship Cons: Very expensive, uncomfortable learning environment, fairly large class size, Chester is a dangerous city (although the campus is fairly safe) The IGCP at Widener just isn't the program it used to be. At one point, there was a strong dynamic orientation, smaller class sizes, and very experienced and invested faculty. The debt incurred from this program is not at all commensurate with income in the field and my experience was a rather miserable 5 years. Financial aide was not always timely with the dispersement of loans and the staff in that department did not seem motivated to help fix this problem. There are still a few very good staff members left but their numbers are dwindling. Shortly after I began the program, the director of the program stepped down and there was this idea that the program would become more collegial. I did not see any change for the better as a result in the change of directors. Although the program still has some strong points, I would not recommend it to a friend. There are simply too many other options available to spend the time and money at Widener."
Kerry McIntyre
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Pros include that the professors are really accessible and willing to work with you to succeed. Also clinical education coordinators are very helpful in placing students at great sites for clinical experience. Cons include that the school isn't in the best location and the library doesn't have the best hours. but the school has great campus safety."
Melanie Gonsecki
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2013
  • Degree: Social Work
"I love the program, but there is room for improvement. I do not recommend the program to anyone who is not serious about there education. I think this program has changed my thinking and life. The professors are phenomenal and supportive."
John Lee
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2013
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Quality professors and nice facilities for the physical therapy institute. Compared to other PT schools, the cost of attending is much less and is a great affordable options. Surrounding area of Chester, PA is not safe, especially at night."
Patricia Becker
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"Widener's Doctoral program in nursing is intellectually stimulating; the faculty are supportive in every way; the variety of coursework is wonderful, and the program prepares the nurse to become an educator, researcher, and/or an entrepreneur. I am 100% pleased with this program and I would recommend it to every nurse. There are no "cons" to this program. The academics and caring associated with the program are second to none."
Caitlin Grobaker
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2013
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The pros of our program is that is well-connected throughout the three years of students, the faculty are all up to date on new literature and know what they are talking about, the entire staff and faculty are supportive of all the students and want us to succeed, we have a building for Physical Therapy, and we have our own student run pro-bono clinic. The cons of the program is that we do not have our own anatomy cadaver facility, and it is competitive to get into and stay in with a B or higher average, but that is what is required on the Boards."