#35 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Wilkes University overview
Location Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Online wilkes.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Wilkes University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wilkes University, established in 1933, is a private institution located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, resting in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley, primarily a suburban setting with proximity to the urban offerings of Scranton about 20 miles away. Known for its intimate campus adorned with a mix of classic and modern architectural styles, the university provides a conducive learning environment across its approximately 35-acre footprint. Wilkes offers a variety of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs with a notable emphasis on pharmacy, nursing, and engineering. While the university has a more inclusive acceptance rate, it maintains a commitment to academic rigor across its diverse range of disciplines. On-campus housing is available to students, with a range of living options designed to suit different preferences and needs. Athletic offerings are centered around NCAA Division III sports, with teams known as the Colonels, although the university is not primarily recognized for its athletic dominance. Wilkes University's educational profile is marked by its strong emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences, fostering a multifaceted academic experience.

In the most recent statistical year 4,798 prospective students applied, and 4,517 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 478 enrolled in the school.  2,338 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,869 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $39,134 plus fees of $1,978. Wilkes is ranked 478 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Wilkes is rated within the top 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Wilkes University overview
SAT 1060/1260
ACT 21/26
GPA 3.56

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wilkes University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,978
Room and Board $15,850
Budget for Other Expenses$3,193
Total One Year Cost$61,755

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

58% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wilkes University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 13%
Health Professions 11%
Engineering 11%
Communication 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216931 IPEDS survey data for Wilkes University.

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