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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Wilkes is an above-average private university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in the Scranton Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,233 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Wilkes acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Business. Graduating 60% of students, Wilkes alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,400.
About Wilkes University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Website
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Wilkes University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1220
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$26,312/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,179/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,233Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
258
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Approachable
    41%
  • Friendly
    33%
  • Determined
    22%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
74%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • A close knit campus
    46%
  • Unique
    21%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    11%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    7%
  • Dramatic
    4%
  • Fake
    4%
  • Small school with great opportunities
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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Wilkes University Reviews

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I love the environment of Wilkes University. The school is very warm and welcoming, as soon as I stepped foot on campus I was welcomed by many. I love that it is a small school and that every one knows each other. The professors are very welcoming and caring, I love that they take time to learn the name of every student and will check in on you if you miss class without reporting it to them. The campus of Wilkes University is absolutely gorgeous and the overall atmosphere is fantastic. I love Wilkes University!
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Wilkes is growing rapidly, which has its own issues (limited parking/dorming). If you are looking to make friends fast & easily join the Honors Program b/c we do everything together, especially since most of us are science majors. The academics can be a bit rough at times b/c, as I have observed, the average course load is 15-18 credits/semester. Some professors are amazing & some are not--freshman science majors beware. Campus itself is easy to navigate & the food is fairly good if you're not too picky. The city is quite sketchy, but you should be fine during the day. To those who say there aren't parties: there are plenty each weekend, they're just off-campus. Overall, I really love it here b/c of the tight-knit community--but that could be b/c the dorm I live in seems to be the only one where residents all get to know each other very well (Waller North = boys & Waller South = girls, connected by a 3rd floor hallway). Just know that many of the mansions have wacky heating & no AC.
When I first visited Wilkes University, it was not hard to make my decision. I felt like I was at home on campus, which is a very important feeling when it comes to college. Even better though, I was offered a tuition lower than a public 4 year school due to the academic scholarships they give out!