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Wilkes University
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  • 4 Year
  • WILKES-BARRE, PA

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Our COVID-19 task force, encompassing professionals from every area of our University, continues to monitor the health situation and enhance our campus protocols. Our task force has outlined guidelines and protocols in order to safely resume face-to-face operations. Please know that as guidance from national, state and local agencies changes, so may some of our procedures. Learn More

Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  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+

About

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

What will you do at Wilkes? We're a small university, with big opportunities located in Wilkes-Barre, Northeastern PA, about a 2 hour ride from NYC and Philly. We have about 2,500 undergraduate students on campus, so classmates know each other, and their professors, by name. Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is a private, co-ed, comprehensive institution. We have 23 athletic teams and are a Division III school.

Our campus involvement is robust with a long list of clubs and academic organizations, so that students can get involved from the minute they step foot on campus. Clubs range from academic-focused to purely interest-based.

Additionally, our students have the opportunity to get involved in faculty-led research; some research programs can begin in a studentโ€™s first year! This research is unique to Wilkes because many institutions donโ€™t allow undergraduates to work alongside faculty mentors to complete research; those opportunities are usually reserved for graduate students.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
92%
SAT Range
1040-1230
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$30,281 / 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
$24,212 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
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. 47 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 47 responses

Majors

What will you research at Wilkes?

Robust research and scholarship are integral to the undergraduate experience at Wilkes. Faculty research makes for more dynamic teachers who better understand the link between scholarly work and the basic principles of any discipline. Wilkes faculty are evaluated based on the quality of their teaching as well as their research. Our faculty research often involves undergraduates at many levels.

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
    55%
  • On Campus
    38%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,007 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
225
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
  • Friendly
    42%
  • Approachable
    39%
  • Determined
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
73%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 42 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
  • A close knit campus
    36%
  • Unique
    17%
  • Small school with great opportunities
    14%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    8%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    6%
  • Dramatic
    3%
  • Fake
    3%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
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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Rating 3.51 out of 5  583 reviews
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