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Premier location of Widener University

Widener University is at the intersection of some of America's most culturally diverse and commercially vibrant metropolitan areas. A few minutes from Philadelphia, 2 hours from New York City and 3 hours from Washington, DC, international students are in a prime location for travel within the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA.


PPL Park professional football (soccer) stadium near Widener University in Chester

Widener University's main campus is located in Chester. Chester is a small city (population 37,000) on the Delaware River, 14 miles south of Philadelphia. Chester is the oldest city in Pennsylvania, settled in 1644. But today, it is undergoing rapid and exciting development with the arrival of huge companies such as Kimberley Clarke, PQ Corporation, Wells Fargo and Harrah's Casino and Race Track.

As well as Widener University, Chester is also home to PPL Park professional soccer stadium - less than 3 miles from campus.


Benjamin Franklin Parkway in PhiladelphiaIn 20 minutes, you can travel from Widener University to the 5th biggest city in the USA: Philadelphia.

The name Philadelphia comes from Greek and means 'brotherly love'. The city is also commonly referred to by its nickname, 'Philly'. Philadelphia is located in the state of Pennsylvania which is in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The city is on a river, and from the riverbank you can look across to see the state of New Jersey. Philadelphia is a city known for its art, history, entertainment, sports and delicious food.

Mid-Atlantic region

The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States comprises of states in the central section of the East coast. The region is a major world center of finance, education, high technology, insurance, media, and medicine, and contains many metropolitan areas and large cities. It is an excellent international student location for obtaining an important internship or to make connections for future employment.

Exploring the United States with Pennsylvania as your new home is easy. The states in this region are small and located very close together. Pennsylvania borders 6 other states: Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Both New York City and Washington DC are just a 2 hour train ride from downtown Philadelphia.

Higher Education hub

Philadelphia has an excellent higher education tradition, and one of the largest populations of students in the USA: nearly 300,000 college and university students are enrolled in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Greater Philadelphia is home to over 50 Higher Education institutions, including many prestigious universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh - all members of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization of top research universities. The University of Pennsylvania was the first university in the United States; it later established the first medical school. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is recognized as one of the best fine arts institutions. 

Easy access and transport

With its close proximity to Philadelphia International Airport and direct access to major roads, Chester is a transportation hub.

Widener University is only 15 minutes by car from the international airport. If you are traveling within the region, many major cities are accessible by train or bus from central Philadelphia. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has a train stop in Chester, which makes transportation very easy.

20 minutes from Philadelphia