Overview

Applicants
3,164
Acceptance Rate
82%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 578
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 598
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
343
with Terminal Degree

186
Women
157
Men
34
Minority
8
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
57%
Graduate in 6 years
59%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • 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


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."

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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
47%
Graduate in 5 years
57%
Graduate in 6 years
59%

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

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,578

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,400

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,901

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,850

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,946
Required Fees
$1,622
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,670
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,746
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,421
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

2.84%
Asian
3.77%
African-American
6.15%
Hispanic
72.69%
Caucasian
1.82%
Unknown
8.52%
International

48% female
52% male
18% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

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."

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

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."

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


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