Wilkes University

84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

School Details

Wilkes University is a private not-for-profit four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


In 1933, Bucknell University opened the Junior College to facilitate the higher education of its community members in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. By 1947, Junior College transitioned into a four-year independent nondenominational school, renamed Wilkes College. The college continued to expand, adding the School of Pharmacy, and adopted a new title, Wilkes University. In the early 2000s, the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business & Leadership and the Henry Student Center opened. Today, Wilkes University includes eight academic facilities, nine administrative buildings, and 20 residence halls residing on thirty-three acres. Wilkes University states a mission of “liberally educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional, teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the university’s commitment to community engagement.” The University incorporates core values of Mentorship, Scholarship, Diversity, Innovation, and Community.

Wilkes University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the University maintains programmatic accreditation with:
American Chemical Society
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Engineering Accreditation Commission
Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology
Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Commission on Credentialing
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Wilkes offers students a wide variety of extracurricular activities. The University supports over 70 student clubs and organizations including student government, cultural and diversity groups, faith-based organizations, honor societies, Greek life, and more. Students also have the opportunity to join intramural sports and the University competes in NCAA DIvision III intercollegiate athletics and is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Middle Atlantic Conference.


Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes University. Wilkes University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, along with master’s and doctorate degrees extending from pre-professional degrees to programs in the education and health fields. Class sizes for undergraduate students average 24 students for general education courses and 16 students for upper level coursework. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.

Prospective undergraduate students will need to complete the application, in addition to submitting SAT/ACT scores. In addition to fulfilling a secondary college preparatory curriculum, students may need to complete added program-specific college preparatory coursework. Advance Placement Examinations are recognized with minimum course-specific scores ranging from 3 - 4. Graduate students must also complete the application for admission, along with submitting necessary program-specific requirements and official transcripts.


For added flexibility, Wilkes University supports a number of distance education programs. Online programs include the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the online MS in Educational Leadership, the M.S. Online Teaching Graduate program, the online M.F.A./M.A. Creative Writing, and the Master of Science Degree in Online Teaching. Many of the online programs are designed for working professionals and some programs may have residency requirements. Students have access to library resources, including online databases, indexes, and journals.


The estimated cost of annual tuition and fees at Wilkes University is $30,353.

Over 95 percent of students enrolled at Wilkes University receive financial assistance. Undergraduate students may qualify for a number of scholarships, grants, loans and/or work-study. Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Wilkes need-based grants, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation grants, and SciTech Scholarships for Pennsylvania residents. Wilkes University also sponsors merit-based institutional scholarships and private awards are available. Students also have access to the Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, the Federal Nursing Student Loan, the Gulf Oil Loan Fund, and the Rulison Evans Loan Fund. In addition, Wilkes University participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI program supporting the educational goals for eligible veterans and military personnel.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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