B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
Wilkes University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Address
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Website

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

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Test Scores and GPA for Wilkes University

Cost

Net Price
$23,372/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,552/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,082/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,684/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,108/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,761/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.31 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,254Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Approachable
    47%
  • Friendly
    32%
  • Determined
    21%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
71%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • A close knit campus
    55%
  • Unique
    25%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    5%
  • Dramatic
    5%
  • Fake
    5%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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Wilkes is a small school but with big opportunities. The school may not be well known for being diverse, but I think it's slowly progressing to be there! The professors here (other than the chemistry professors) are willing to help you succeed in what ever you plan to do and I am glad that most of them know me by my name rather than the color of my tee shirt. What I also like about Wilkes is the amount of tutoring is available for a lot of the courses the school has to offer and their campus food isn't all that bad compared to other universities.
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One of my favorite things about Wilkes is all of the housing options that are available. From typical dorms, to apartments to renovated nineteenth century mansions, the options are there. Granted, much of the freshman housing is average unless you get in the Honors Program. After that though, most people have no problem getting into University Towers which has pretty nice three-person apartments and a few quads. For those who want something different, all of the mansion-style housing is different. You could have a room to yourself or with three other people. All the layouts in the mansions are different compared to the cookie-cutter Towers' apartments. Its just preference. Although the best, if you're super lucky, or know someone already living there, is 40 West above the YMCA. Those apartments are the nicest on campus, but its nearly impossible to get in as they are very limited.
Wilkes is a small school with the wide variety of majors and programs of a much larger university. After my first year, I am still thrilled by my decision to come here. Attending a small school is important for students looking for close relationships with their professors. As a mechanical engineering major, having that bond and support from professors is really beneficial. I think the most unique thing about the school is the housing. From typical dorm buildings to apartments, to renovated nineteenth century mansions, living in the old Wilkes-Barre setting overlooking the Susquehanna River has been enjoyable.