Widener University

Men's D3 Coach: Jamie Lockard
6 / 10
3,367 Undergrads / 6,621 Students
9 / 10
$31,666 Net Price
3 / 10
72% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Middle Atlantic (MAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Large

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
55% / 65%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

Brendan Dawson is one of the great young coaches in the game today. He’s a strong recruiter with a clear perspective on the recruiting process. In his three-year run as Widener University head men’s lacrosse coach Dawson led his team to two league final appearances where his team captured a conference title in 2012. This season the Pride finished strong reaching the league semifinals while Dawson was named 2014 Coach of the Year for the Comonwealth Conference, one of the toughest in DIII.

Brendan can speak from experience when he tells his players what it takes to be the best. At Salisbury, he was a two-time captain and also a first team all conference player. He won two national championships in his four years at Salisbury. When asked about what makes a championship team, he says it boils down to hard work. It’s simple advice, but the process isn’t easy.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

Make a list of things that are important to you as a student. School size, class size, and location are some of the big considerations.

Think about how a school can prepare you for a career. Not everyone is going to know what they want to do, but it’s helpful to do some research. It doesn’t make sense to pay a ton of money for a college that doesn’t offer you what you want academically.

What’s a question you wished players asked you more during the recruiting process?

Ask what it’s like being an athlete at the college or university. A recruit might have different expectations for the program. Meeting those expectations or not meeting them determines how much the recruit will enjoy his experience. Think about the level of commitment a program requires because it’s different at each school.

“Do practices start as soon as I show up at school?” “Who runs practices in the offseason–captains, players, coaches?”

Knowing more about the program and how the coach runs it will give recruits a clearer understanding.

What indications help you determine if a good high school player will be a great college player?

Work ethic. Someone that works hard and wants to get better is the type of player that excels in college lacrosse. I look for multi-sport athletes because they are the ones spending their extra time outside of lacrosse working out and training. They dedicate extra hours to football or basketball practice because they like competing and enjoy being active. When they get to college I know they’ll be ready and willing to work hard for us in the offseason.

What’s special about Widener?

Our guys have a lot of options in terms of academics. We have guys majoring in everything from biomedical engineering to criminal justice and physical therapy. There’s a major for everyone. Most of our lacrosse players study at the school of engineering or at the business school.

How has the accelerated recruiting process impacted your approach to recruiting?

I think it’s starting to affect us in different ways. Most coaches will agree that there’s a trickle down effect. Players hear about their buddies committing early to schools and feel pressure to commit early as well.

Widener’s rolling admissions process helps our recruits move through the college search at their own pace. Students take time to consider their options carefully. Also, our coaching staff and admissions office spends more time on each applicant individually. We aren’t flooded by applications around one or two deadlines instead we get applications and commitments on a continuous basis.

Can you tell us about your experience going through the recruiting process? What mishaps or challenges did you face and how did you deal with them?

Coaches place a lot of emphasis on overnight visits. There’s a reason for that. I spent an overnight visit at a school I thought I really liked. On my visit I learned things about the student life and the school that I didn’t like. Sometimes the slightest mishaps can cause a recruit to change their mind. In my case, one of my top schools turned out to be the wrong fit for me.

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Team Road Trips

Most games are scheduled in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The team has also traveled to New York in the past.

Recruit Commits
Luke Christmas Central Bucks East Buckingham, PA LSM, Def
Samuel Haverstrom Walter M. Williams Burlington, NC Mid, Att
Cameron Light Methacton Audubon, PA Mid, Def
Matt Shingle Strath Haven High School Rutledge, PA Mid, Faceoff
Luke Cichetti Perkiomen Valley Collegeville, PA Att
Cole Helmer Parkland High School Allentown, PA Def, LSM
CJ Lane Marple Newtown Broomall, PA Mid, Att
Matt Ellison Springfield High School Springfield, PA Mid
Deyon Moreno Coatesville High School Coatesville , PA Att
Keegan Billie Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Goal
Sean Donohue Abington senior high school Abington , PA Def
Bryant Maits West Chester East HS West Chester, PA Att
George Balascak St Joseph HS Hammonton, NJ Mid
Christopher Rotola Randolph High School Randolph , NJ Def
Cole Witoslawski Souderton Area Souderton, PA Mid
Dylan Vega Father Judge High School Philadelphia, PA Def
Liam Montgomery West Chester East West Chester, PA LSM
Drew Venit Gloucester Caholic Woolwich Twp, NJ Def
Christopher Rotola Randolph High School Randolph , NJ Def
Christopher Rotola Randolph High School Randolph , NJ Def
Andrew Spencer Avon Grove Lincoln University , PA Goal
Gabriel Corino West Deptford West Deptford, NJ Att, Mid
Campbell Garrison Appoquinimink Middletown, DE Mid
Sean Gibson Bergen Catholic Oradell, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Tommy Fredericks Haverford Haverford, PA Def
Kyle Pollick Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Mid
James Lyons Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Att, Mid
Ian O'Neill Parkland Schnecksville, PA Att
Michael Buczek DePaul Catholic Wyckoff, NJ Att
Andrew Spencer Avon Grove Lincoln University , PA Goal
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Commitment has been verified or submitted from a trusted source
Events By Widener University Coaches
Jan 25 '20
Chester, PA
Men's 13-18
One University Place, Chester, PA, 19013 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Allentown Pennsylvania Area
  • Lancaster Pennsylvania Area
  • Harrisburg Pennsylvania Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Reading Pennsylvania Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Orlando Florida Area
Where Grads Work
  • Boeing
  • Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Health System)
  • Vanguard
  • DuPont
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • AstraZeneca
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Lockheed Martin
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • US Army
  • Comcast
  • SAP
  • Aramark
  • Christiana Care Health System
What Grads Do
  • Healthcare Services
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Program and Project Management
  • Accounting
  • Community and Social Services
  • Human Resources
  • Support
  • Administrative
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
460 - 550
520 - 610
1010 - 1200
19 - 24
18 - 26
20 - 25

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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Applicants 6,245 2,605 3,640
% Admitted 72% 72% 72%
% Admits That Enroll 17% 19% 15%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.52
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
    Recommended Rec.
    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Demonstrate Competencies
    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (29%)
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (25%)
    Business (18%)
    Engineering (17%)
    Psychology (6%)
    Mechanical Engineering (6%)
    Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other (5%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other (4%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (4%)
    Psychology, General (4%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforce (4%)
    Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration (4%)
    Social Sciences (4%)
    Accounting (3%)
    Civil Engineering, General (3%)
    Finance, General (3%)
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$47,328
    Books & Supplies$1,300
    Cost of Living$14,736
    Personal Expenses$1,728
    Sticker Price$65,092

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship100%$29,991
    Federal Grants20%$4,955
    Pell Grants20%$4,151
    Other Federal20%$825
    State & Local Grants21%$3,231
    Institutional Grants100%$28,311
    Student Loans79%$13,930
    Federal Loans76%$5,496
    Other Loans30%$22,111

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $91.8 Million $13,859

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $20,929 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 4.5%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,910 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $53,400

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.58 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 55% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 1 1
    Fondling 1 1
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery 1 1
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 1 -
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Professional-dominant
    Enrollment ProfileMajority undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, highly residential

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