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About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes University was founded in 1933 and now enrolls around 4,781 students a year, including 2,243 undergrads.

Wilkes University offers housing for up to 1,184 students. Most students live off campus, either in nearby housing that is not owned by the college, or

Wilkes University's endowment was valued at $52,657,913 in 2021. The institution spends around $10,609 for each full-time student enrolled. Wilkes University employs one full-time professor for every 13 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Wilkes University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 92%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 23
Mean SAT score 1137
Tuition $36,888

2022 Wilkes University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Wilkes University

Wilkes University does not offer early decision or early action.

Wilkes University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Wilkes University. Around 92% of applicants get into Wilkes University each year. Out of 3,633 applications received in 2021, 3,334 students were offered admission . ### Wilkes University Waitlist

Wilkes University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Wilkes University?

Wilkes University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Wilkes University, applicants must submit the following items.

Wilkes University Application Requirements

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Wilkes University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Wilkes University is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1137. The mean ACT score for Wilkes University students is 23.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Wilkes University.

Wilkes University Waitlist

Wilkes University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does Wilkes University Require Test Scores?

Wilkes University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 92% submitted the SAT. 15% submitted the ACT.

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Does Wilkes University Offer Dorms?

Yes! Wilkes University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,184 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Wilkes University.

Financial Aid at Wilkes University

Wilkes University meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $31,197 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Is Wilkes University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wilkes University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wilkes University, around 76% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 557 students who started at Wilkes University as first-time freshman, 293 graduate within four years.

Around 64% of students who started at Wilkes University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

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

Based on this information, how does Wilkes University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! 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 want to see Wilkes University for yourself, 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

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Wilkes University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wilkes University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Wilkes University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 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

1040 - 1230


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wilkes University students is 1137. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wilkes University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 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 4,781 students enrolled at Wilkes University, including 2,243 undergraduate students and 2,538 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 76% percent are from PA and 24% percent of students are from other states.


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