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.
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
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||96%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||96%||$21,666|
|Receiving Student Loans||84%||$9,565|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
Wilkes has an overall graduation rate which is around 58%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||47%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||9%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- English Language Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
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)
- Track and Field, X-Country
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Wilkes University by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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- Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Wilkes - Barre in Lehman, PA (6 miles away)
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- Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Worthington Scranton in Dunmore, PA (20 miles away)
- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, PA (34 miles away)
- East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in East Stroudsburg, PA (41 miles away)
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Wilkes University for official up-to-date information.