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Wilkes University Overview

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

What Is Wilkes University Known For?

2,233 Full-Time Undergraduates
$26,563 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at Wilkes is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Wilkes with a bachelor's degree make about $51,600 a year. That's 26% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Wilkes University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Wilkes is ranked #636 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, it is ranked at #56.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Wilkes has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Wilkes

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 203
Best Colleges for Veterans 209
Best Colleges for International Students 507
Best Colleges 636
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,007
Best Colleges for the Money 1,159

Where Is Wilkes University?

Location of Wilkes University

Contact details for Wilkes are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Phone: 570-408-5000
Website: www.wilkes.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilkesUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WilkesU

How Do I Get Into Wilkes?

You can apply to Wilkes online at: www.wilkes.edu/admissions/apply-undergraduate.aspx

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?

75% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
89% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Wilkes University is 75%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

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 610. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800
Wilkes received ACT scores from 22% 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 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Wilkes University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 19 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Wilkes University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Wilkes University?

$26,563 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
5.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wilkes is $26,563. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wilkes

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,367 $22,891 $24,811 $28,648 $29,811

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

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wilkes, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $10,615 a year. That adds up to $42,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wilkes is 5.7%. 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

2,233 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,491 undergraduate students at Wilkes, with 2,233 being full-time and 258 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Wilkes

There are also 3,054 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,233 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, 55% are male and 45% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Wilkes

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wilkes Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 143
White 1,581
International Students 212
Other Races/Ethnicities 144

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

2,222 Took All Classes Online
3,098 Took At Least One Class Online
17.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,098 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.

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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 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Wilkes

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wilkes University was 17.8%. This is the #978 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
Business Administration & Management 12%
Education 13%
Educational Administration 28%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 26%
Teaching English or French 47%

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 #18
Other Education #19
Writing Studies #21
English Language & Literature #33
Instructional Media Design #41
Teacher Education Subject Specific #62
Educational Administration #87
Nursing #188
Education #233
Health Professions #316

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Wilkes University awarded 1,162 undergraduate degrees and 2,258 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 18 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 5 0
Business Administration & Management 0 57 46 0
Chemistry 0 6 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 3 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 11 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 8 0 0
Criminology 0 21 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 5 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 50 17
Electrical Engineering 0 17 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 2 1 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 2 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 15 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 21 0 0
General Biology 0 34 0 0
General English Literature 0 2 0 0
General Psychology 0 25 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 0 0
History 0 5 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 3 0 0
Information Science 0 2 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 76 0
International Relations & National Security 0 5 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 58 0 0
Marketing 0 25 0 0
Mathematics 0 2 1 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 63 2 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 4 0 0
Nursing 0 97 183 73
Other Education 0 0 155 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 70
Philosophy 0 1 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 8 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 9 0 0
Romance Languages 0 5 0 0
Sociology 0 17 0 0
Special Education 0 0 7 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 26 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 396 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 17 0
Writing Studies 0 0 30 0
Total 0 1,162 1,938 320

References

*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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