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.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
Wilkes University Reviews
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!
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!