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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Wilkes.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Wilkes has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Wilkes University?
Contact details for Wilkes are given below.
|Address:||84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766|
How Do I Get Into Wilkes?
You can apply to Wilkes online at: www.wilkes.edu/admissions/apply-undergraduate.aspx
Admission Requirements for Wilkes
|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?
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.
Can I Afford Wilkes University?
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
There are also 2,538 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,996 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wilkes University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||104|
|Hispanic or Latino||161|
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
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|
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|
|English Language & Literature||30%|
|Instructional Media Design||47%|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||51%|
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|
|Teaching English or French||#121|
|English Language & Literature||#218|
|Instructional Media Design||#269|
|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.
*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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