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Academics

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4 College Senior

Academics: For my major there is a lot to learn and I love the accessibility of the knowledge and skills taught.

4 College Senior

Academics: Classes are good, fair professors depending and study possibilities a little limited

3 College Junior

Academics: My major: Communications with a concentration in Public Relations & Organizational Com. Students get a unique insight of the professional workforce in this major upon joining Zebra Communications, a student ran public relations agency with actual clients outside of the school.

3 College Junior

Academics: I would say there is a decent range of majors choices. The area lacking is probably the medical field being that the only choices are pre-med, nursing, and pharmacy. Professors are either great or terrible. The ones that tend to be terrible are ones that have been there too long, and are not enthusiastic about teaching anymore.

1 College Freshman

Academics: As i've mentioned before, the business school is terrible. They are moving the business school into a new building, which is a multi-million dollar project. But don't be fooled, the program will remain the same. It may look fancy, but the same staff and professors will provide you the same high school education as they do now.

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With many flocking to the school for the esteemed pharmacy program, some students and faculty would argue that the small liberal arts school is becoming a science institution. There may be some obvious lines drawn in the science types and the arts and humanities types, but regardless of who gets a bigger budget, the programs themselves shine. All in all, the academics—approximately 50 undergraduate majors and minors—are top-notch at Wilkes. Hands on learning is something that is strived for at Wilkes, making learning at the school very fascinating. Interdisciplinary learning is another academic passion of the University. There are some weak points, however. Some people would say that classes can fill up fast, or that many top professors are still teaching 101 classes, which means they aren’t teaching advanced classes that they may be better suited for.

As a supplement to the pedagogy, there is a writing center with its own faculty director and a group of qualified students to assist other students with papers. There is a learning center with academic tutors for most classes. Through the center, there are note takers and study sessions. Also, there is a language lab in the library. Aside from Wilkes’s curriculum, the University has what is called the Community Conservatory for the Arts, where music, dance, art, and theater classes are open to the public—something students can also take advantage of (not included in tuition, but something to think about).

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
157
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
259
Total FT Faculty
157
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$74,323
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
30%
Graduation Rate
61%
Programs/Majors Offered
51
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 52%
  • 50 or More Students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Jay Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
  • Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Education, Other: 9%
  • Educational/Instructional Technology: 4%
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration: 4%
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other: 14%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Breiseth second floor lounge
  • Library (lots of nooks and crannies)
  • Pharmacy library
  • Stark lounge
Did You Know?
In 1933, Bucknell University Junior College opened its doors with 164 students. In June 1947, BUJC became Wilkes College, an independent, nonsectarian four-year college. In its first year, 1,664 students were enrolled. Finally, in December 1989, Wilkes was granted university status by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 18 responses

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  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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