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?
- 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
|Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||203|
|Best Colleges for Veterans||209|
|Best Colleges for International Students||507|
|Best Colleges for Diversity||1,007|
|Best Colleges for the Money||1,159|
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 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.
Can I Afford Wilkes University?
Net Price by Income Group for Wilkes
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
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
There are also 3,054 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,233 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes, 55% are male and 45% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wilkes University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||99|
|Hispanic or Latino||143|
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 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%|
|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|
|English Language & Literature||#33|
|Instructional Media Design||#41|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#62|
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.
*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.