Wilkes University

Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private university located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1933 as a satellite campus of Bucknell University and was granted the university status in 1990. The university, which enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduates and over 2,200 graduate students, offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
  • Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing

Wilkes University's athletics teams are nicknamed the Colonels and they participate in NCAA Division III sports. They are members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. Wilkes' teams participate in several of the intercollegiate sports including baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, and lacrosse.

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Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre , PA 18766
General Phone: (570) 408-5000

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Wilkes University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching895elementary/middle school admin, special ed, elementary school teaching, English teaching, music teaching, biology teaching, history teaching, teacher education and development, education courses ...
Business and Management156business management, electronic commerce, accounting, entrepreneurship
Liberal Arts151French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine62registered nursing
Engineering51electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Therapy and Counseling42psychology
Science38biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Media34communication studies, digital communications
Security and Law Enforcement20criminal justice and safety
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science, information science
Drama and Performing Arts8drama
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Medical Administration1health care facilities management, pharmacy courses
Art Studies0art studies
Fine Arts0fine arts
Music0music performance
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Wilkes University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree48540
Master's degree98614
Doctor's degree - professional practice711

Wilkes University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wilkes University had a total enrollment of 5,114 students (4,495 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 28%
Graduate 72%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 19%
22-24 15%
25-29 20%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey14%
New York6%
(International Students)3%

Wilkes University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 67 %

Wilkes University Room and Board (2007)

Wilkes University offers campus housing for 973 of its 4,495 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wilkes University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460560
SAT Math470600
SAT Writing440560

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wilkes University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,170
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,170
Room and board $ 10,680
Room charge $ 6,490
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,290
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 2,563

Financial Aid:
Wilkes University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 339400)

Wilkes University Faculty

Wilkes University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year3$108,0492*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$90,7396$90,102
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year9$104,3629$91,667

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year24$98,8515$103,760
Associate professoracademic year19$74,34119$71,747
Assistant professoracademic year25$59,67731$59,510
Instructoracademic year3$46,7622*
All faculty totalacademic year71$76,29757$67,012

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wilkes University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Basketball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Baseball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Track Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

Wilkes University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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