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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Chances of getting into Wilkes University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Wilkes University
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Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Wilkes and can I get accepted? The school has a 79% acceptance rate ranking it #87 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,953 out of 3,756 applicants were admitted making Wilkes University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent. Wilkes University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Wilkes SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Wilkes University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Wilkes University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 608
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1218
Average SAT Score 1120

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Wilkes University?

Wilkes University typically requires applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #36 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 95 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Wilkes University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1218 and Above Good >86%
1119 to 1218 Avg + 79%-86%
1020 to 1119 Avg - 69%-79%
921 to 1020 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 921 Low <57%
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Wilkes ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Wilkes University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Wilkes University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Wilkes?

Admission data indicates that Wilkes regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #34 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Wilkes University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Wilkes University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >86%
23 to 26 Avg + 79%-86%
20 to 23 Avg - 69%-79%
17 to 20 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 17 Low <57%
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Wilkes GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Wilkes University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Wilkes. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Wilkes University was 3.42 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #39 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Wilkes accepts 79% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.42 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

53% of Wilkes University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Wilkes University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 8%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Wilkes University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,883 1,873 3,756
Accepted 1,502 1,451 2,953
Acceptance Rate 80% 77% 79%
Enrolled 291 259 550
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 18% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 15, 2021
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 116 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jun 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Wilkes University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Wilkes University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Wilkes University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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


Does Wilkes University prefer SAT or ACT?

95% of students submit their SAT scores to Wilkes. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Wilkes University?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to Wilkes. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Wilkes University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1218. 95% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Wilkes University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 20% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.