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Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Wilkes is a private university. Founded as a junior college in 1933, it achieved college status in 1947, and university status in 1989. Its 25-acre campus is located in Wilkes-Barre, 20 miles from Scranton.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,561
   Women 1,222 (47.7%)
   Men 1,339 (52.3%)
Graduate Students 2,991
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 76% of 4,245 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.52
SAT Math 515 average
450-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 502 average
445-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 20-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay       X
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $51,814
  Tuition and Fees $33,568
  Room and Board $13,746
Average Percent of Need Met 72%
Average Freshman Award $25,938
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 173
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Wilkes-Barre Population 41,243
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 77% of freshmen, 41% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Colonel
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.0% Asian
4.9% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.4% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students 7.2% from 10 countries
First-Year Students Returning 76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 48.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported