Tuition & Fees

$37,622

$37,622

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
34%
500-599
52%
400-499
11%
700-800
6%
600-699
29%
500-599
48%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
700-800
0
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
43%
300-399
12%
200-299
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
37%
18-23
42%
12-17
14%
6-11
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
50%
18-23
32%
12-17
12%
30-36
6%
24-29
50%
18-23
38%
12-17
6%
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undergraduateRatios

53%

male

47%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,942
Declined + 990
Total Received 3,932
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Private (nonprofit)

2,455

undergraduate students

2,677

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business
  2. Nursing
  3. Engineering
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Codes

SAT 2977
ACT 3756

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School Facts

Wilkes University, founded as a junior college in 1933, is a private institution that achieved college status in 1947, and university status in 1989. Its 25-acre campus is located in Wilkes-Barre, 20 miles from Scranton.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 5,132
Established in 1933
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)
•  ACPE (American Council on Pharmaceutical Education)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

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Wilkes-Barre, PA

25-acre campus in Wilkes-Barre (population: 40,806), 120 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. Served by air and bus. Public transportation serves campus.

Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
44%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
75%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
23%
Top 1/4
60%
Top 1/2
84%
Bottom 1/2
16%
Bottom 1/4
3%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
3%
600-699
34%
500-599
52%
400-499
11%
700-800
6%
600-699
29%
500-599
48%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
700-800
0
600-699
9%
500-599
35%
400-499
43%
300-399
12%
200-299
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
37%
18-23
42%
12-17
14%
6-11
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
50%
18-23
32%
12-17
12%
30-36
6%
24-29
50%
18-23
38%
12-17
6%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $40
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline May 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,942
Declined + 990
Total Received 3,932

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Essay
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Terese Wignot
Interim VP of Enrollment Management
P: 800 WILKESU
F: 570 408-4904
admissions@wilkes.edu

Financial Aid

75%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$28,186

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $37,622
Room & board $15,108
Books & supplies $1,600
Total $54,330
Average Financial Aid - $28,186
Total with Avg. Aid $26,144

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $4,141,158
State $3,096,997
Institutional $34,311,367
Other external $672,973
Total $42,222,495

Non-need-based

Federal $18,482
State $12,366
Institutional $4,265,854
Other external $235,195
Total $4,531,897
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Financial Aid Deadline

State aid form
May 1

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 WilkesU
F: 570 408-4004
financialaid@wilkes.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Jane Dessoye
Executive Director of Student Financial Services
jane.dessoye@wilkes.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
volleyball
wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, climbing, cricket, running, skiing, ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

badminton, cheerleading, climbing, cricket, dance, running, skiing, ultimate Frisbee

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, billiards, bowling, flag football, indoor soccer, softball, volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Adelene Malatesta (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Freedom Conference, Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference
Mascot
Colonels
School colors
blue and gold

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Applied/Engineering Science
Biochemistry
Bioengineering
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communications
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Corporate Finance
Creative Writing
Criminology
Digital Design/Media Art
Earth/Environmental Science
Education
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Management
English
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Engineering
Finance
Financial Investments
Geology
History
Hospitality Leadership
Individualized Program
Integrated Media
International Studies
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Middle Level Education
Music Theatre
Neuroscience
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Secondary Education
Sociology/Anthropology
Spanish
Sports/Event Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Arts
Theatre Design/Technology
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business
  2. Nursing
  3. Engineering

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

5,132

total students

81%

in-state

19%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

48%

2,455
students

Female
47%
1,156

Male
53%
1,299

52%

2,677
students

Female
77%
2,053

Male
23%
624

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

90%

2,212
students

Female
47%
1,018

Male
53%
1,194

10%

243
students

Female
57%
138

Male
43%
105

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Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
69%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

36%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: in August

Spring: in December

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 9
Countries most often represented China
Greece
Kuwait
Panama
Saudi Arabia
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Georgia Costalas
Executive Director, Diversity Affairs
570 408-7854
georgia.costalas@wilkes.edu

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