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Wilkes University Overview

Wilkes University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Wilkes University Known For?

593 Undergraduate Awards
$39,215 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Wilkes.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 44% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Wilkes bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $51,600 a year. That's about 26% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Wilkes to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Wilkes University Rankings

Wilkes landed the #405 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Wilkes has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#191 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Wilkes.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Writing Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Wilkes has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best International School Administration/Leadership Schools College Factual
#27 Best Instructional Media Design Schools College Factual
#29 Best Reading Teacher Education Schools College Factual
#119 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Schools College Factual
#153 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#198 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Wilkes University?


Contact details for Wilkes are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: 570-408-5000

How Do I Get Into Wilkes?

You can apply to Wilkes online at:

Admission Requirements for Wilkes

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wilkes?

92% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
89% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 92%, Wilkes is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to Wilkes submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 610 )
Wilkes received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Wilkes University  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Wilkes University  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Wilkes University?

$39,215 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
5.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wilkes is $39,215. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wilkes, approximately 81% of students took out student loans averaging $12,151 a year. That adds up to $48,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wilkes is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Wilkes University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,996 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,243 undergraduate students at Wilkes, with 1,996 being full-time and 247 being part-time.


There are also 2,538 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,996 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, 50% are male and 50% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wilkes University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 49
Black or African American 104
Hispanic or Latino 161
White 1,465
International Students 114
Other Races/Ethnicities 103

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Wilkes University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 23 countries are represented at Wilkes. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and India.

Online Learning at Wilkes University

2,341 Took All Classes Online
4,283 Took At Least One Class Online
1.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 4,283 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Wilkes has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 9th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Wilkes

The following table shows how Wilkes is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Writing Studies #31 #28
Other Education #58 #58

Online Growth Rankings of Wilkes

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wilkes University was 1.5%. This is the #1,652 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Wilkes regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Wilkes majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 15%
English Language & Literature 30%
Instructional Media Design 47%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 51%
Writing Studies 17%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Wilkes ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Wilkes.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Education #91
Writing Studies #106
Teaching English or French #121
English Language & Literature #218
Instructional Media Design #269
Special Education #379
Teacher Education Subject Specific #386

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Wilkes University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 96 155 52 303
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 266 0 266
Instructional Media Design 0 144 0 144
Business Administration & Management 51 39 0 90
Educational Administration 0 58 21 79
Other Education 0 75 0 75
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 74 74
Liberal Arts General Studies 54 0 0 54
Teacher Education Grade Specific 32 21 0 53
Mechanical Engineering 51 2 0 53
Writing Studies 0 36 0 36
General Biology 26 0 0 26
General Psychology 26 0 0 26
Marketing 21 0 0 21
Environmental Engineering 21 0 0 21
Electrical Engineering 18 2 0 20
Finance & Financial Management 18 0 0 18
Communication & Media Studies 18 0 0 18
Criminology 17 0 0 17
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 16 0 0 16
History 16 0 0 16
Geological & Earth Sciences 14 0 0 14
Sociology 14 0 0 14
Accounting 12 0 0 12
Teaching English or French 0 12 0 12
General English Literature 10 0 0 10
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 8 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 8 0 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 7
Computer Information Systems 6 0 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 0 5 0 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 4 0 0 4
Special Education 0 4 0 4
Romance Languages 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 3 1 0 4
Hospitality Management 3 0 0 3
Information Science 3 0 0 3
Engineering-Related Fields 1 2 0 3
Chemistry 3 0 0 3
International Relations & National Security 3 0 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 2 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 0 2
Physics 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 593 822 147 1,562


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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