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Wilkes University
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  • 4 Year
  • WILKES-BARRE, PA

Monthly Update

3.21.2024

Some people might say that Jack Perna skated his way to success since coming to Wilkes. The junior mechanical engineering has made it look easy, earning a 4.0 grade-point average while playing goaltender for the Colonels Men’s Hockey Team. Perna recently was recognized with a $500 scholarship awarded by the Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). 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 B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A minus
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

84 WEST SOUTH ST
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 student’s first year! This research is unique to Wilkes because many institutions don’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
95%
SAT Range
1040-1250
ACT Range
20-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$30,155 / 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
$26,371 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 30 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 51 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 51 responses

Majors

Your White Coat Awaits.

academic spotlight

At the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, we are training and preparing the future leaders in the field of pharmacy. Our accredited program boasts a 90% NAPLEX (licensure) pass rate for first-time exam takers, which is consistently exceeds the national average. Additionally, we have a 100% MJPE pass rate for Wilkes PharmD graduates who take the exam.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    54%
  • On Campus
    39%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,807 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
193
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Approachable
    33%
  • Determined
    15%
  • Stressed
    8%
  • Nerdy
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
78%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 46 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
  • A close knit campus
    33%
  • Small school with great opportunities
    18%
  • Unique
    15%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Overall poor quality
    5%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
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

Wilkes University Reviews

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