Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Wilkes University offers 189-degree programs and 39 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 79%. 38.5% are women, and 61.5% are men. 4% percents of international students. Wilkes University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Wilkes University is 25446$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $36262 and $48570 per year. 57% of full-time Wilkes University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $49,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Wilkes University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Wilkes University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$21,825
$30,001 - $48,000$22,212
$48,001 - $75,000$23,058
$75,001 - $110,000$27,204

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7974

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1971 of Wilkes University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 84 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Wilkes University number 36 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

Students at Wilkes University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Wilkes University.


ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Wilkes University graduation rate is above the national average.

57% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Wilkes University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Wilkes University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 7%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 70%, so Wilkes University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 9%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Wilkes University full-time retention rate is 77% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Wilkes University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1370 - 1726

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 460 - 578
Math: 470 - 598
Writing: 440 - 550

SAT Test Score Range


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Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Wilkes University is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Wilkes University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Wilkes University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Pennsylvania.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Wilkes University

The campus located by 84 West South Street address in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


Wilkes University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Wilkes University with 0.42% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Wilkes University are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Wilkes University offers 189 programs in total: 117 are for Bachelor's degree, 63 - for Master's degree, and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 394 universities in Pennsylvania state. Wilkes University is one of the few institutions in Pennsylvania that offers a Bachelor's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 39 distance education programs that are offered in the Wilkes University: 36 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.


Wilkes University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2255 students with 67648 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1240 with 29748 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 288 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Wilkes University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Wilkes is an amazing school with many enthusiastic professors! I was a mass-communications major. I felt they really cared about me and gave me opportunities to succeed and become a leader. I had an awesome internship at WNEP-TV my senior year. There were many extracurricular activities to participate in. Students need to be pro-active in guiding their path and getting involved on campus for the best experience.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Nice campus and surroundings and has small classes but beware of what they sell you at admission. Their student advisors suck and then dont allow you as parent to have a say. Be careful your kid doesnt need help or not right place for them

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Overall Rating:

Probably the biggest waste of money this area has to offer. Almost every professor just reads PowerPoint slides to the class. They screwed me out of 2 credits, so now i dont have a diploma yet, even though i followed their WONDERFUL curriculum guide. The attendance policies are a joke, and if you’re from another country you seem to just have a free ride through the 4 years because I rarely saw any of those kids in class. Nobody ever told me about when my student loan payments would start, or that I had to make an online account to set up autopay, or who the loans were from, or anything about my loans in general.The food on campus is barely tolerable, your best bet is any places off campus. The parking is atrocious. Having to pay EVERY semester for a parking pass to not even be guaranteed a parking spot is ridiculous. Public safety was a joke while I was there and only seemed to care about giving out those pesky parking tickets.They would rather spend millions upon millions of dollars to build unnecessary walkways instead of possibly helping improve the quality of education, the parking situation, or quality of life on campus. They could easily have improved systems throughout campus, or provided better internet, since that always seemed to be down every ther day.However, there were a few good things about this college. SOME of the professors really cared about students, and showed support to them through hard times, as well as giving them a break if they messed up and missed and exam or a project. SOME professors actually knew how to teach and wouldn’t just read a PowerPoint. SOME classes were actually really helpful to a life outside of the classroom, and taught real word skills that people can actually use to better their lives.Overall, if I could redo my college experience, I would definitely choose either a different college, or go to a trade school. This place is definitely not worth the money they want, and I can understand why their transfer/ dropout rates are where they are. Almost every person I became friends with all hated going here because of how overpriced it was and how bad the quality was.

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Overall Rating:

Location : ( F ) : THERE IS NOTHING TO DO HERE!!!!! LITERALLY NOTHING!!!Food on Campus is good ( B+ )Internet is Acceptable ( C+) Reason: it's good for surfing the internet but not good for online gaming or streaming.Teachers : there are good and bad teachers, the majority is bad and helpless. Especially the chemistry and Nursing departments. ( C - ).People: if you are not white do NOT come here you will be treated differently. So, if your Arab,Latino,Asian or black, please consider another college. ( F )

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Overall Rating:

DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN! I'm a senior and I've had nothing but problems. Most professors don't know you personally like they claim, most professors don't seem to care much about student success in general. Good luck with the financial aid department. They'll make sure to tell you one thing and do another to make it as hard as possible for you to pay your tuition and have $$ for books/supplies. The only reason I did not transfer out of Wilkes is because they opened a new campus in Mesa,AZ. But they closed it down so they could get a new accreditation. Which really sucks because that campus was exponentially better than the main campus in Wilkes Barre,PA which is freezing cold 9 months out of the year. I hope you like snow and ice. That's all you'll see jan-april.Overall I'd say this university is nowhere near worth the $45K/Yr they're charging and honestly you'd probably get a better education at a community college for under $5k.From staff to professors Wilkes University is extremely incompetent. I can't wait to finally graduate and be done with this school and all the issues associated with it. It's so bad it's almost funny.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 84 West South Street


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5704085000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: wilkes.edu

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