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Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

About Wilkes University

Wilkes University Overview

Wilkes University is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes University was founded in 1933 and the school now enrolls around 5,276 students a year, which includes 2,232 undergrad students. Wilkes University ensures housing for up to 1,184 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Wilkes University!

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Wilkes University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Wilkes University, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Wilkes University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Wilkes University on the Student Life page.

2022 Wilkes University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 95%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
Tuition $39,134
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $33,141

Is Wilkes University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what Wilkes University offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Wilkes University

It is moderately difficult to get into Wilkes University. The university admitted 95% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 4,019 applications received in 2022, 3,809 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wilkes University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 75% of students who start at Wilkes University return the next year. Wilkes University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 61%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Wilkes University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Wilkes University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Wilkes University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Wilkes University's endowment was $65.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $10,090 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wilkes University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Wilkes University meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Wilkes University full-time are awarded $33,141 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wilkes University.

Based on this information, is Wilkes University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Wilkes University a good school for you?

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Where is Wilkes University?

Wilkes University is located in the urban setting of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in seeing Wilkes University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Wilkes-Barre, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Wilkes-Barre Scranton International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wilkes University and Wilkes-Barre are like without leaving home.

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College Info

84 West South Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766-0002

Campus Setting: Urban

Wilkes University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wilkes University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wilkes University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wilkes University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wilkes University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Wilkes University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wilkes University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1055 - 1220


Math SAT Range

520 - 620


Reading SAT Range

520 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


1055 to 1220


1055 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wilkes University students is 1140. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wilkes University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1055 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1055 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wilkes University.

Wilkes University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wilkes University is like? There are approximately 5,276 students enrolled at Wilkes University, including 2,232 undergraduate students and 3,044 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 75% percent are from PA and 25% percent of students are from other states.


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