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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
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 2,303 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Wilkes acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 62% of students, Wilkes alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,300.
About Wilkes University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
895-1130
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,025/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,287/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,593/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,838/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,295/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,515/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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.34 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,303Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Approachable
    45%
  • Friendly
    36%
  • Determined
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.29 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • A close knit campus
    52%
  • Unique
    26%
  • Small school in okay neighborhood
    9%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    4%
  • Dramatic
    4%
  • Fake
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
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 offers a high class education with dedicated staff and faculty. The professors are always available for outside of class help, and most of the professors try their best to make a relationship with each student. The campus is beautiful and constantly undergoing new development and improvement. Connecting with campus is seamless as each club and program is more than willing to accept new team members to help organize events and bring out the colonel spirit. The events and programs on campus are almost all student lead and developed, so all of the events benefit students of all backgrounds and interests. There is always something to do on the weekends, and if nothing interests you specifically, their is always an opportunity for you to organize an event to reach out to students with the same interest; all with the support of whatever club/organization you choose to go through. The campus is all about expanding its influence into the community and helping those in need.
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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.
Many unique and interesting students can be found on campus at Wilkes, and the vast majority of them are friendly and welcoming to others. The professors do their best to find new ways to make lessons fun to encourage learning and they are always open to help those who need it, even if their issue is not related to academics. However, the expenses can run a bit high. Also, while there are thousands of great people to meet, a handful of less-than-nice people can still be found, though usually you don't need to worry about them.