Wilkes University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More

Wilkes University
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Wilkes University Description:

Wilkes University is a comprehensive private residential university located on a 35-acre campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, just two blocks from King's College. New York City and Philadelphia are each about two hours away. Students can choose from a wide range of majors in the liberal arts, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields including nursing, engineering, and education.

Courses are offered through the university's eight colleges and schools. Business and nursing are among the most popular areas of study. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and small classes (24 student average for first-year students; 16 students for upper-level classes). Student life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations including a long boarding club, cricket club, anime club and environmental club. On the intercollegiate front, the Wilkes University Colonels compete in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). The university fields 10 men's and 10 women's sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,552 (2,561 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $33,568
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,746
  • Other Expenses: $3,000
  • Total Cost: $51,814

Wilkes University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 84%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,643
    • Loans: $10,302

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Liberal Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Swimming, Track and Field, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Tennis, Swimming, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Wilkes University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.wilkes.edu/about-wilkes/mission/index.aspx

"To continue the Wilkes tradition of liberally educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the university’s commitment to community engagement."