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Wilkes University (Wilkes)

84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Wilkes University, located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a private four year institution originally established in 1933 as a junior college expansion campus for Bucknell University. Originally known as Bucknell Junior College, the school was granted independence in 1947, changing its name to Wilkes College in honor of John Wilkes, an English politician, and expanded its offerings and programs. The school continued to grow and in 1990 was granted university status, resulting in final name change, and extensive additions to programs available through the school. Since achieving university status the school has developed and added a variety of facilities and majors, including new field specific schools within the university to better assist in the development of education and growth of students.

Academics

Wilkes University serves approximately 2,200 students a year, allowing for a more personalized education while still offering many of the features and advantages of a larger college. The school also offers a large number of undergraduate and pre-professional programs, allowing students to choose the path and major that best suits his or her plans and goals. Undergraduate and pre-professional programs typically take four years to complete and result in a bachelor's degree. Minor degrees may also be pursued, requiring additional courses of study in a given field. Graduate programs are also available, requiring a separate set of prerequisites including having earned a bachelor's degree and acceptable GRE scores. Graduate programs confer a master's degree and typically take between one to two years to complete.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at Wilkes University must submit a completed application and have earned the nationally recognized prerequisite number of high school credits in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must also supply SAT or ACT scores and transcripts with the application, all of which will be taken into consideration during the review and decision process. Students will be notified regarding admissions once the process is complete, and if admitted, will be provided the information necessary to begin their education. Some programs of study will have additional requirements, including additional math courses, auditions, or more specific high school requirements.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs and must be applied for as early as possible each academic year. Students in need of assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be sent to the school in order to develop a financial aid packet that best suits the needs of the applicant. Due to recently implemented federal regulations, students may be randomly selected to provide additional financial information which will be compared to the FAFSA in order to ensure its accuracy. Scholarships are also available from external sources, requiring separate applications and awarded for various reasons. Students are encouraged to go online or visit the financial aid office to identify scholarships they qualify for.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates Wilkes accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Wilkes University is about 5,100, with undergraduate students making up about 48% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $31,000-$37,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Per unit charges are around $1,000 for part time students

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships96%$21,666
Receiving Student Loans84%$9,565
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Wilkes University may provide student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

Wilkes has an overall graduation rate which is around 58%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years47%
Graduating in 5 Years9%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • English Language Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Wilkes is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation)
  • Basketball (Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences

    Psychology

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    81.73%

    FINANCIAL AID RATE
    96%

    STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
    15:1

    DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
    26

    FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
    $19,210