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Wilkes University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

    Private, Not-For-Profit

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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

  • Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


  • Website

  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Wilkes University is a private not-for-profit university which is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States. The university was established in the year 1933 as a branch of the Bucknell University, and later in the year 1947, it became an independent institution under the name Wilkes College which was named after John Wilkes. The university got its current name in the year 1990 after being granted the university status.

The university offers various degree programs to suit different types of students and currently, it has around 5,552 students enrolled in various programs. It includes 2,847 full-time and 2,705 part-time students. 

  • It is known for being a veterans and military-friendly university.

  • The student-faculty ratio of the university is 14:1.

  • The university has over 157 academic staff dedicated to providing quality education.

  • University's acceptance rate is 76%, which means around 76 students are admitted into the university per 100 students who apply there.

  • To provide better learning and educational experience, the university offers various facilities and services to its students. In order to help the students develop various skills and shape their careers, services such as the bookstore, career services, veterans services, financial, and many more are provided.

Online Education at Wilkes University

The online programs are designed keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the students having time limitations. The flexible structure allows the students to work and learn at the same time. The university provides 24/7 online access to its students, hence the students can learn when it is most convenient for them to learn.

  • The university offers various programs in Master, Doctorate, and Certificate levels.

  • The university offers different areas of study and the majors offered by the university are Arts, Nursing, Business Management, Education, Fine Arts, and Media Studies.

  • The university allows it’s students to transfer the credits without any difficulty.

For more info on Programs and Tuition


According to the reviews provided, it can be concluded that the university lives up to its reputation of offering high-quality education and facilities.

Some of the university reviews are given below.

  • It is a great university with excellent and dedicated faculty and staff members.

  • The workload is manageable.

  • Wilkes University campus life is engaging and the university allows its students to represent it in the intercollegiate athletic tournaments.

Location & Contact




84 West South Street


Some of the rankings according to the US News are listed below.

  • The university is ranked 68th in the list of 'Regional Universities-North'. 

  • It is ranked 38th in the list of 'Best Colleges for Veterans' and 45th for 'Best Value Schools'.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1050 - 1240



  • ACT Range

    21 - 27

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


Wilkes University Application Process

Admissions to Wilkes University

Admission Requirements for Education Programs

  • Completion of the online application via university's online portal.

  • Official college transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation and a resume/curriculum vitae

  • Submission of copies of certifications or licenses (if applicable)

 Admission Requirements for Nursing Programs

  • Completion of the application form.

  • An associate's degree for RN to MSN program or a baccalaureate degree for MSN program/master's degree for PhD program from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Official transcripts from the previous institution attended.

  • 2 letters of recommendation and a resume.

  • RN license

Admission Requirements for Creative Writing Programs

  • Candidates must complete the online application.

  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.

  • A 15-25 page of candidates creative writing sample.

  • A 5-10 pages essay.

  • A current resume/curriculum vitae

For more info on Admissions

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


  • Average Annual Cost


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


  • Budget For Other Expenses


Total One Year Cost


This section will provide you with information regarding the average annual cost to attend the university while giving the information regarding the other expenses also.

The average annual tuition fees of the university are $34,454. Whereas the average net price amounts to $27,200. 

On average the total one year cost comes around $55,676.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    92 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    68 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    57 Graduates

  • Mechanical Engineering

    47 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    45 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    31 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    25 Graduates

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

    24 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    45 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    31 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    25 Graduates

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

    24 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    24 Graduates

  • Criminology

    22 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    22 Graduates

  • Marketing

    20 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    17 Graduates

  • Sociology

    14 Graduates

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

    13 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    12 Graduates

  • Environmental/Environmental Health...

    11 Graduates

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

    10 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    10 Graduates

  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

    8 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    6 Graduates

  • History

    6 Graduates

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

    5 Graduates

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

    4 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    4 Graduates

  • Information Science/Studies

    4 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    4 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    3 Graduates

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

    3 Graduates

  • Engineering-Related Fields

    3 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    3 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    2 Graduates

  • Physics

    2 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    1 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

90% / 10%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$56,457 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 74% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,824/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

blue and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Ice Hockey



Swimming and Diving




Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country

Field Hockey


Ice Hockey




Swimming and Diving



Campus Security

The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $15,108 per year for living on campus. Wilkes University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at WU costs around $5,824 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At WU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 50% and 50%, respectively.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$24,081 - $27,000

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$250 - $280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The university is known for providing the students with various different facilities and services to help them acquire a quality education which includes offering financial aid to the students who are unable to bear the educational expenses

Financial aids are provided in various forms such as loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs.

The interested students must fill up the FAFSA form, in order to avail the financial assistance. Wilkes University federal school code is 003394.

  • The university offers various Institutional Aid programs like Wilkes University Grant, Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Dean Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, and Air Force ROTC Scholarships. 

  • The Federal Aid available for the students includes Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, and many more.

  •  State Aid available for the students includes the Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

  • The university also provides Military Aid like the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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