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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
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 2,212 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Wilkes acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 60% of students, Wilkes alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,400.
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

Wilkes University Rankings

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Wilkes Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1240
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$27,200/ 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
$23,409/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
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
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.41 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.41 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
    32%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,212Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
243
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Approachable
    41%
  • Friendly
    37%
  • Determined
    22%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
75%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.36 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • A close knit campus
    43%
  • Unique
    20%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    10%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    7%
  • Small school with great opportunities
    7%
  • Dramatic
    3%
  • Fake
    3%

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 is a very good school. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and also swim for the Men's Swim team here at Wilkes. I can safely say it is a great fit for me! The family-oriented aspect and environment that the University has to offer in every area of the school is one of the main things that I was drawn to upon visiting the campus for the first few times. Family is so important to me, and at Wilkes, everyone is so welcoming and the staff is so nice and very helpful and reassuring, especially for incoming Freshman. All in all, Wilkes University has a nice family feel, great geographic location, small and beautiful campus setting, and great residence life and academic programs.
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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!
This school is great. I really enjoyed my 4 years here. If you are pre-med, there are pros and cons. There is a small pre-med program here, so that means you have a lot of opportunity, but not much guidance. The best advice is to get involved! It is a small campus, so it is easy to meet so many different people and make your mark on the school.