From the School

At Wilkes University, we take your education personally. Our goal is to help you uncover the wealth of potential that resides within you. Professors get to know you as an individual, taking you beyond what you thought possible.

At just more than 2,200 undergraduates, Wilkes University's small size affords plenty of personal attention and opportunities for hands-on learning. Experience access to professors unlike that found elsewhere. Get plenty of face time with instructors. Professors can get to know you well enough to learn your strengths and tune into your interests and goals. And you'll have the chance to put your education to work quickly, whether it's starting a business under the wing of a professor who’s built million-dollar businesses, researching a genome with a biologist, or using the latest engineering tools in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is a private, co-ed, independent institution in historic Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The academic calendar includes two 15-week semesters, with optional sessions held during the summer and winter breaks. Undergraduate students hail from 19 states and 13 countries. Some other numbers to know: 90 percent of our faculty have earned their Ph.D. or highest degree in their field; 14:1 student:faculty ratio; our undergraduate classes average 20 students for lower-division class sections, 16 students for upper-level classes, and 15 students for graduate classes.

Overall

From The School

True to the spirit of fostering education through relationships, Wilkes University reviews student applicants as individuals, considering aptitude, past achievement and potential for success based on information provided through both standardized tests and the high school transcript. Class rank, grade-point average, academic curriculum and other outstanding qualities are all evaluated in the decision process. While they are not required, Wilkes welcomes essays or letters of recommendation that can help us gain more insight into background and motivation. Wilkes welcomes all students to visit our campus; however, students may specifically be invited to interview as a component of reviewing the file.

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION
Preparation for your Wilkes experience should include a college preparatory curriculum. Such a curriculum generally includes four years of progressive courses in English, mathematics, science (including at least one laboratory component) and social science. While four years of each are not required, they are recommended for college preparation and admission. Choose elective courses in academic subject areas pertaining to individual interest. That may be computer science, foreign language, and communications and may include the fine arts and technical courses as they relate to desired college majors. Depending on the academic discipline desired, different emphases might be placed on the high school curriculum completed by the applicant. Students whose preparation does not follow the pattern described above may still qualify for admission. But you'll have to provide other strong evidence that you prepared for the academic rigors of college.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
Applications for admission and instructions regarding secondary school transcripts and records, letters of recommendation, standardized test reports and entrance examinations may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office. Send completed applications directly to the Admissions Office. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the Achievement College Test (ACT) is generally required of all applicants entering Wilkes University directly from high school. Take this examination before the second semester of your senior year in high school.

Overview

Applicants
2,812
Acceptance Rate
79%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 570
SAT Math
470 - 590
SAT Writing
440 - 560

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank

Overall

From The School


Majors and Degrees Offered

Each student must complete a major in a discipline or area of concentration in order to graduate. The major must be declared prior to the first semester of the student's junior year.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Majors
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Criminology
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Elementary and Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to grade 4)
Middle Level Education (grades 4-8)
English
History
Individualized Studies
Integrative Media
International Studies
Mathematics
Musical Theatre
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre Arts

Bachelor of Science Degrees Majors Accounting
Applied and Engineering Sciences
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Clinical Lab Sciences (Medical Technology)
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, Environmental
Engineering Management
Engineering, Mechanical
Individualized Studies
Mathematics
Nursing
Pharmacy (Guaranteed Seat Doctor of Pharmacy)

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Majors
Business Administration
Entrepreneurship

Minors
Air and Space Studies (Air Force ROTC)
Art
Computer Engineering
Dance
Economics
Education:
Secondary
Special
English as a Second Language
Geology
Marketing
Music
Neuroscience
Physics
Policy Studies
Statistics
Women's Studies

Programs
Pre-dentistry
Pre-law
Pre-medicine (allopathic and osteopathic)
Pre-occupational therapy
Pre-optometry
Pre-physical therapy
Pre-physician assistant
Pre-podiatry
Pre-veterinary
ROTC (Air Force and Army)

Students Say

Students describe Wilkes as "a small campus focused on bringing out [each] student's best." The university boasts excellent pharmacy, engineering, and science programs. The school just received a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, "to improve our programs with a refocusing on student-professor research." "The professors are a mix," the students tell us. "Some professors are amazing. They're willing to meet with you outside of class and eager to help you learn." Others, however, have "relied way too heavily on the texts and rarely started discussions." For the most part, though, classes are small, and "professors are always open to talk and willing to sit down to help you understand a lecture or lab." Students appreciate the development of practical skills in the classroom. "Almost all of the upper-level classes require the design and build of a project...it allows the student to get hands on and use the classroom knowledge on something he chose to design." "It has definitely put me on the right track for the future." Students are generally happy with the administration, although a few report problems with the bursar's office. "Most of the school's administration is available by appointment. They're generally always willing to help students." "Mentoring...is the heart and soul of this institution."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
314
with Terminal Degree

161
Women
153
Men
26
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
56%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Costs for the 2011-2012 academic year were as follows:
Tuition and fees: $28,210
Room and board: $11,598

Financial Aid

Wilkes University maintains a comprehensive program of financial aid sources that includes scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment. Wilkes participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, a direct lending or direct loan program where all loans are provided through the U.S. Department of Education and guaranteed by the federal government. The University also participates in the federal campus-based programs (work-study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Perkins Loan Program) and is approved by the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Family Education Loan Programs, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and individual aid programs.
95 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.
98 percent of freshmen receive aid. Merit and need-based aid is available.
Merit scholarships are available. These include Wilkes, Presidential, Dean's, Commitment and Transfer levels.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,586

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,937

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,743

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,082

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,750
Required Fees
$1,512
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Think high school had a lot of activities? Check out Club Day, where you can explore all 70 student clubs. Maybe build a house with Habitat for Humanity or devise a radio broadcast. Try student government, or design, build and race an off-road vehicle with the Baja team. From community service to career development to just plain fun, find a club to suit your interests.

About a third of Wilkes freshmen participate in athletics. The Colonels battle in the fiercely competitive Mid-Atlantic Division in 16 NCAA Division III sports. Varsity programs for women include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball; men compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling.

Intramurals bring students, faculty and staff together in individual, dual and team competitions in traditional sports. Or you can try ping pong, dodgeball or billiards.

Students Say

Most of the students are from the Northeast region, and naturally the commuter population is local. The Wilkes community also has an international segment. "There is a sharing of culture. The university strives [to] bring everyone together." "There are different social groups...but you can pretty much talk to anybody and fit in wherever you want." "The typical student is outgoing and friendly." Students are pleased with the diversity of their interests. "There are all types of people, some are very political, and others care a lot about their sports teams." "Many students are very academic, especially those within the pharmacy program." "There is dedication toward service learning and helping others."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,360
Out of State
16%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

2.52%
Asian
3.36%
African-American
6.43%
Hispanic
80.66%
Caucasian
2.24%
Unknown
9.37%
International

47% female
53% male
16% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Spend some time at the Wilkes campus, and you’ll feel right at home. Each residence hall is as unique as you are, from the contemporary dorms to Tudor mansions. One even boasts a rope swing in the backyard.

Outside the classroom and your dorm, you'll find the Wilkes campus has a lot going on. Stop by the Farley Library for Thursday night study group and pick up a DVD for later. Hit the fitness center. Drop by the Rifkin Cafe for a cup of coffee. Join your dorm mates for an all-you-care-to-eat dinner in the Henry Student Center food court – or for a late-night breakfast all through finals.

Wilkes-Barre is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains region, right on the Susquehanna River. You'll find a lot to explore, from the campus rock wall or ropes course to the 14-screen movie theater just a block from campus. Then there are the art exhibits, plays, concerts, poetry slams, comedians and other goings-on to keep your life fun and exciting. Hike, fish or raft in one of our nearby state parks. Ride two of the top 20 roller coasters in the country at Knoebels Amusement Resort. Take in a hockey game. And enjoy the beauty and hit the slopes of the rambling Pocono Mountains.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Spend some time at the Wilkes campus, and you'll feel right at home. Each residence hall is as unique as you are, from the contemporary dorms to Tudor mansions. One even boasts a rope swing in the backyard.

Outside the classroom and your dorm, you'll find the Wilkes campus has a lot going on. Hit the fitness center. Drop by the Rifkin Cafe for a cup of coffee. Join your dorm mates for an all-you-care-to-eat dinner in the Henry Student Center food court or for a late-night breakfast all through finals. Stop by the Farley Library for Thursday night study group and pick up a DVD for later.

Wilkes-Barre is located in northeastern Pennsylvania, on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains region, right on the Susquehanna River. You’ll find a lot to explore, from the campus rock wall or ropes course to the 14-screen movie theater just a block from campus. Then there are the art exhibits, plays, concerts, poetry slams, comedians and other goings-on to keep your life fun and exciting. Hike, fish or raft in one of our nearby state parks. Ride two of the top 20 roller coasters in the country at Knoebels Amusement Resort. Take in a hockey game. And enjoy the beauty and hit the slopes of the rambling Pocono Mountains.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Study Abroad is an elective option to all students in good academic standing who wish to study at foreign institutions. Earned academic credit may be applied toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree at Wilkes. Overseas study may be for a period of a year, a semester, or a summer. Information regarding the specific programs available to Wilkes students is available from the Study Abroad Coordinator. Students wishing to use financial aid to assist with the costs of study abroad must see the Director of Financial Aid and must complete the "Consortium Financial Aid Agreement" form, available in the Registrar's Office. Students must also complete all required application materials of the desired program before registering for Study Abroad. Course selection and preregistration take place with the student's academic advisor in coordination with the Study Abroad Coordinator. Students must complete the "Transfer Credit Request Form" (with all the appropriate signatures) and register for Study Abroad before conducting their study abroad.

Student Organizations & Activities

Think high school had a lot of activities? Check out Club Day, where you can explore all 70 student clubs. Maybe build a house with Habitat for Humanity or devise a radio broadcast. Try student government, or design, build and race an off-road vehicle with the Baja team. From community service to career development to just plain fun, find a club to suit your interests.

About a third of Wilkes freshmen participate in athletics. The Colonels battle in the fiercely competitive Mid-Atlantic Division in 16 NCAA Division III sports. Varsity programs for women include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball; men compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling.

Intramurals bring students, faculty and staff together in individual, dual and team competitions in traditional sports. Or you can try ping pong, dodgeball or billiards.

Students Say

Wilkes has a large commuter population, but this hasn't hindered the action on campus. "There's always something to do around campus, even if everyone just hangs out in a dorm lounge!" "Some dorms are actually old mansions, and they are beautiful." "RAs are really good at... encourag[ing] students to take up one of the 60 chartered Clubs of Student Government." There is some drinking but plenty of other activity as well. "When the weather permits, our intramural teams gather on our greenway, or you will find different organizations putting on different events throughout the semester." Everyone appreciates the size of the school, which gives it "a close-knit family feel." The surrounding area, Wilkes-Barre, "seems to be on the rise." Students seeking a break from campus can head to the mall, and "movies and bowling are popular activities for some down time." They also "hit the clubs/bars" or "check out bands play at a nearby café," and the school runs "cheap trips to the city [Philadelphia and New York] or entertainment venues for low or no cost."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
67
First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Colonels)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Colonels)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: King's college and University of Scranton
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
64

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
28

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
184 South River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Phone
5704084400

Email
admissions@wilkes.edu

Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9-4 weekdays, 9-12 Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
as part of interview

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
availability of host

Transportation