Diversity

Location
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Undergrads
2,095
Tuition
$29,326
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I believe the campus is very diverse and very accepting of the diversity.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of foreign students here. Most can barely speak english.

4 College Student

Diversity: I think our campus has a great diversity about it that makes everyone fit in.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: A pretty politically diverse campus, however the majority seem to be more liberal.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: At Wilkes, there is little diversity I have seen through races. The ratio between races are immensely different and I feel it could change for the better.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Hometown
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Major
Communications
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Wilkes University is a campus that strives for diversity. With an office of multicultural affairs, a director of diversity, a multicultural student coalition, the Campus Interfaith Office, a gay-straight alliance, and many other offices and clubs dedicated to different groups, Wilkes recognizes its diverse student and faculty population. Somewhat contradictorily, the Wilkes campus population is not as diverse as the above information indicates.

Wilkes is not affiliated with any one religion. Better, it is open to all of them. The Campus Interfaith Office sponsors weekly discussions. Also, there are many openly gay students on campus. Homosexuality is something that is becoming widely accepted on campus, but is still something many have not yet come around to. When it comes to money, most would assume that people at Wilkes are rich due to the higher tuition. With 85 percent of students receiving financial aid, though, students of any socioeconomic class make up the student population. On the surface, it appears that most students are from middle-class families with working-class falling right behind. Wilkes offers much in the way of diversity, but as far as the numbers go, the school still does not have a very diverse campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • Delaware
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 21%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 85%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There are many out students at Wilkes, while others decide to remain “in.” While the campus has a gay/straight alliance, some feel the Wilkes climate is not as open as they’d like.
Political Activity
Wilkes University is full of activism. Both the Democrat and Republican groups seem active in local, state, and national elections, while the two non-partisan groups are involved in raising awareness of issues and bringing lectures to campus. These groups include the College Democrats, Young Republicans, Student Political Action Forum (SPAF), and the Public Affairs club.
Economic Status
With lots of financial aid available to those who qualify, including lots of campus scholarships, Wilkes attracts students off all economic statuses. In fact, once in typical college attire, Wilkes students of all backgrounds just blend in.
Most Common Religions
Although Wilkes is not affiliated with any religion, the most common on campus is probably the Roman Catholic faith. That said, students of all beliefs should feel comfortable at Wilkes. There are a few mosques and synagogues close to campus, as well as churches of all kinds. Additionally, the Campus Interfaith Office has information about houses of worship in the area.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Wilkes offers several active ethnic/religious clubs for students of all cultures to learn about each other. Some examples are the Multicultural Student Coalition, Freespirit Alliance, Islamic Interest Society, and the Spanish Club.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 29% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 18% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 35% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 17 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 62% Very accepting.
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