About Wilkes University

Founded in 1933, Wilkes University. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,561 full time undergraduate students, and 2,991 full time graduate students.

The Wilkes University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 182 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Wilkes University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate75%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range895-1130
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,14% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 53% were in the top quarter, and 25% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Wilkes University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
41%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
11%
“Sometimes, but not often”
67%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
22%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
12%
“I only go out in groups”
35%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
53%
“I feel extremely safe”
14%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
43%
“We live for the big game”
17%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
39%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
28%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
28%
“They keep regular office hours”
72%
“They”re always available”
56%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
39%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
6%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
67%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
28%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
41%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
11%
“Sometimes, but not often”
67%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
22%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
12%
“I only go out in groups”
35%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
53%
“I feel extremely safe”
14%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
43%
“We bought the gear”
43%
“We live for the big game”
17%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
39%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
28%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
28%
“They keep regular office hours”
72%
“They”re always available”
56%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
39%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
6%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
67%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
22%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
50%
“There might be people who do”
28%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    43 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    30 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    45 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    45 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    44 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    42 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    43 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    44 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

Wilkes University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Wilkes University?

20 Students rated Wilkes University

Matthew - 12/31/2022

Wilkes University, like any college, has positives and negatives. I've been attending this University for three years, and have developed ideas of what I deeply appreciate and what feels completely outdated and exploitative. The academics can be frustrating. Some courses predominantly feel bland and unrelated to my major. These classes don't promote any desire for us to teach or remember anything, but instead just to pass a test. I want to learn lessons for living my life and my dream careers, not learn how to memorize a definition and circle the correct multiple choice. Part of this I blame on certain staff members. There are some instructors who clearly have no concern for student welfare or teaching, and when I am in a class with one of these staff members, the only alternative is to teach ourselves and each other. I've survived several classes only due to establishing dependable student groups where we help one another teach what we should be learning in the class itself. The dorms are a disgrace. Besides University Towers, the building that requires two roommates and $5000 per semester, the rooms are tiny, barren, and still pricey. I don't own much outside of clothes and my computer, and one dorm in particular was so small I didn't even have room for a laundry basket, and this room was still several thousand dollars. There was constant breakage of air conditioning units and heaters, mold infestations, and broken furniture. I have a unique experience with campus food. Because I lived in an on-campus dorm, I was forced to buy a meal plan, which is at least $3000 every semester. I've practiced veganism since I was a child for ethical and health-based reasons, but even after informing the University of this, they responded that I would still be required to buy a meal plan but they'd provide three meals a day for me. However, despite being assured otherwise, they constantly didn't have any food that fit my lifestyle. I do not blame the cafeteria workers, as they simply weren't be provided with ingredients to provide a meal. I was repeatedly emailing higher-ups , explaining if they didn't wish to provide a meal for me I understand but then I shouldn't be forced to pay for a meal plan. Every time, they gave the same apology, then the issue quickly arose again. I felt very exploited by this situation, as I don't think it's unreasonable that if I'm being forced to spend thousands on food, I should be given food or be allowed to leave the plan. They took my money, but only provided the service if I constantly reminded them too, and even then, only gave me the bare minimum ingredients. Additionally, my peers have informed me that, even without adhering to a vegan lifestyle, the treatment is not much more improved. Of course, Wilkes University has some benefits, the best being certain staff. I cannot speak for other departments, but as a biology major, I quickly connected with a variety of biology staff that clearly will do everything in their power to help a student whenever they need it. I've very rarely had a problem related to the biology department that wasn't swiftly and easily resolved due to their help. I cannot imagine the difficulty of University without their aid. They are what anyone working at a University should strive to be. The campus is also very inviting. One of the standout features of Wilkes University is the wide range of extracurricular activities available to students. From sports teams and clubs to volunteering opportunities and cultural events, there is something for everyone at Wilkes University. This diverse array of extracurricular activities allows students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and make meaningful connections with their peers. Additionally, even positions of high authority feel less like a superior and more like a helping hand. I've founded a club for aiding animal-based non profits, organized inspiring speeches, and hosted events on university, and staff members were very clear, concise, and gracious in helping me through each of these processes. Overall, I'd say the institutions in this University are lacking. The buildings, bills, and bare-minimum effort into basic student living is shameful. The aspects of Wilkes that I will look fondly back on are the staff members that absolutely deserve the position they're in, who work for the students instead of themselves. They are what makes Wilkes proud!

Lina - 05/07/2020

Wilkes University has created an excellent atmosphere and environment. There are many beautiful and historic buildings that help to bring the campus environment together. They provided an easy transition from a high school to a college environment, since the university functions similarly to a high school. The professors take every opportunity to help guide their students in their studies as well as their future career path. Many of the professors were alumni of Wilkes University and have loved the university so much to the point that they dedicated their career and life to the school. Although there are a few unreasonable and unhelpful professors, there are many others who are genuinely here to help their students. I highly recommend the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Program, which I am attending currently, because they offer guaranteed seats to first-year incoming freshman. They follow every guideline to ensure that they satisfy every standard to stay an accredited pharmacy school. My experience while dorming on-campus has gone fairly well, and the dorming buildings are nice. However, it is expensive and you must have a meal plan if you are dorming on-campus. Their food services are not the best, and I would much rather prefer to live off-campus solely to be able to buy my own groceries and food. The size of the university is fairly small, so it is easy to know most of the students and faculty. Overall, I would only recommend Wilkes University for students who want to major in nursing or pharmacy due to financial reasons.

Gavin - 08/15/2019

The school has a close, tight-knit community feel for it in which everyone cares for each other. The professors are always around to help you learn something you are not understanding. Also, there are many good sports teams on campus as well as many activities so you are never bored.

Kenneth - 07/27/2019

I honestly love Wilkes and all it has to offer for students. It makes you constantly want to strive and compete for the batter and that’s what we all want. With the people and professors around campus there’s nothing that could ever go wrong. Wilkes is the place to be in my eyes.

Wilkes University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Wilkes University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Wilkes University is 75%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    To focus on school a lot more. With good grades comes good grants and scholarships. From the time you recieve the first semster bill, you come to the relization that college is not cheap. Although you may have known this before, you had no idea. Houses and cars are expensive but college is just as much if not a whole lot more. The expenses are what leave a lot of people without educations, people that have the potential to change the world. Therefore, the one and only piece of advice that I would want to give myself would be that time with books is money for books in the long run.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about school is the academic things offered. The history program and the integrated media program are awesome.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Wilkes is small with great faculty and a friendly atmosphere.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Very friendly

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    For my major, Pharmacy, Wilkes has a unique program where you get a guaranteed seat into the professional program after two years of pre-pharmacy. This made Wilkes stand out, because I do not have to excessively compete against my classmates in order to get a spot into my program. I already have the comfort in having a spot, I just have to keep my grades to a sufficient level.

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  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag most about the closeness of the campus. Everyone is very friendly and knows almost everyone on campus. I also brag that it is a private university.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There is nothing frustrating about my school.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is...the bugs in the spring time. They are annoying.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who wants the experience of a big school.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Probably the Pharm program

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    i wish I would have know the awful food they display in the cafeteria. The only days they have amazing food is when we have visitors and future students come to the campus.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person that wants a close environment and friends that they see constantly all around campus. By the end of your 4 years here you'll know just about everyone!

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Sports aren't huge here but they are an option. There's lots of clubs including student government, snowboarding club and even fencing.

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Student Body

Students

48%

female

52%

male

2,561

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,991

Total Grad Students

21%

Out-Of-State

75%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

60

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

17%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
71%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

97% of students attending Wilkes University receive some sort of financial aid. 40% were awarded federal grants. While 83% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$33,568

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,500

Books and Supplies

$13,746

Room and Board

48,814

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$20,287
$30 - $48K
$20,593
$48 - $75K
$22,838
$75 - $110K
$26,295
$110K & UP
$30,515

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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