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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$39,215 Avg Cost After Aid
95% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Wilkes is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Wilkes.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 40% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Wilkes with a bachelor's degree make about $61,498 a year. That's 51% more than those who graduate from 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.

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wilkes?

95% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
30% Submit SAT Scores
Since Wilkes has an acceptance rate of 95%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 94%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 30% 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 630. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 520 to 620 )
Wilkes received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 20 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Wilkes University  ( 18 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Wilkes University  ( 19 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Wilkes University  ( 20 to 28 )

Can I Afford Wilkes University?

$39,215 Net Price
84% Take Out Loans
1.5% 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 84% of students took out student loans averaging $11,703 a year. That adds up to $46,812 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wilkes is 1.5%. 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

2,007 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,232 undergraduate students at Wilkes, with 2,007 being full-time and 225 being part-time.


There are also 3,044 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,007 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 107
Hispanic or Latino 194
White 1,446
International Students 117
Other Races/Ethnicities 87

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

2,863 Took All Classes Online
4,250 Took At Least One Class Online
1.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 4,250 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 8th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

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.

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%.


*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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