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Wilkes University
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  • 4 Year
  • WILKES-BARRE, PA

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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade A minus
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade C+

editorial

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 2,110 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Wilkes acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 63% of students, Wilkes alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,400.

About

84 WEST SOUTH STREET
WILKES-BARRE, PA 18766
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

Wilkes University Rankings

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

Wilkes Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$27,393 / 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
$25,482 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 28 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 43 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 43 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    31%
  • On Campus
    66%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,110 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
241
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
  • Friendly
    39%
  • Approachable
    35%
  • Determined
    19%
  • Stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
77%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 38 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 32 responses
  • A close knit campus
    41%
  • Unique
    19%
  • Small school with great opportunities
    13%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    9%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    6%
  • Dramatic
    3%
  • Fake
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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