Wilkes University

474 reviews
  1. Wilkes-Barre, PA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Wilkes University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Address
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Range
930-1160
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$25,683/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,825/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,212/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,058/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,204/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,410/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,217Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Approachable
    44%
  • Friendly
    33%
  • Determined
    22%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.25 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • A close knit campus
    58%
  • Unique
    26%
  • A small school in a scary neighborhood
    5%
  • Dramatic
    5%
  • Fake
    5%

After Wilkes University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses

Reviews

474 reviews
  • Excellent
    46
  • Very Good
    176
  • Average
    182
  • Poor
    34
  • Terrible
    36
Unlike almost all other universities, Wilkes actually allows freshmen students to have a car on campus which is extremely convenient. The parking garage is close to campus as well, so the walk is never an issue. There is also additional parking available in Ralston Fields, which is just a parking lot across the bridge next to the football field, but it is inconvenient to access since it's about a mile off campus. However, they do have shuttles that transport students to and from the parking lot. There is also free parking anywhere on campus on weekends, which is great for visiting friends and family. Prices for Ralston Fields runs about $40 and the UCOM Parking Garage at about $120, which gets charged directly to your account, so there is no upfront charge. Apply for a space early though, because they do run out fast!
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 25 2013
One of my favorite things about Wilkes is all of the housing options that are available. From typical dorms, to apartments to renovated nineteenth century mansions, the options are there. Granted, much of the freshman housing is average unless you get in the Honors Program. After that though, most people have no problem getting into University Towers which has pretty nice three-person apartments and a few quads. For those who want something different, all of the mansion-style housing is different. You could have a room to yourself or with three other people. All the layouts in the mansions are different compared to the cookie-cutter Towers' apartments. Its just preference. Although the best, if you're super lucky, or know someone already living there, is 40 West above the YMCA. Those apartments are the nicest on campus, but its nearly impossible to get in as they are very limited.
  • College Sophomore
  • 3 months ago
Wilkes is a small school with the wide variety of majors and programs of a much larger university. After my first year, I am still thrilled by my decision to come here. Attending a small school is important for students looking for close relationships with their professors. As a mechanical engineering major, having that bond and support from professors is really beneficial. I think the most unique thing about the school is the housing. From typical dorm buildings to apartments, to renovated nineteenth century mansions, living in the old Wilkes-Barre setting overlooking the Susquehanna River has been enjoyable.
  • College Sophomore
  • 3 months ago