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IPEDS ID: 216931
OPE ID: 00339400
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Wilkes University
84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766
General information:  (570) 408-5000
Website:  www.wilkes.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,552 (2,561 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty182272
Instructional182272
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$31,262$32,356$33,568$34,8964.0%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,6006.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,808$13,266$13,746$14,2703.8%
Other$3,000$3,000$3,000$3,2006.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,500$7,800$8,618$9,0004.4%
Other$3,500$3,500$3,000$4,00033.3%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,500$3,500$3,000$4,20040.0%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$48,570$50,122$51,814$53,9664.2%
Off Campus$43,762$45,156$46,686$49,4966.0%
Off Campus with Family$36,262$37,356$38,068$40,6966.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Tuition$23,280
Fees$1,776
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid156497%————
Grant or scholarship aid56197%$12,702,922$22,643
Federal grants23540%$1,203,526$5,121
Pell grants23540%$1,064,526$4,530
Other federal grants13924%$139,000$1,000
State/local government grant or scholarships28249%$1,163,456$4,126
Institutional grants or scholarships56096%$10,335,940$18,457
Student loan aid48884%$5,027,155$10,302
Federal student loans48583%$2,940,940$6,064
Other student loans13523%$2,086,215$15,453
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,02384%$39,477,819$19,514
Pell grants86236%$3,844,817$4,460
Federal student loans1,79074%$12,728,097$7,111
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2013-20142014-20152015-2016
Average net price$25,683$23,372$25,025
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2013-20142014-20152015-2016
$0 – $30,000$21,825$18,552$20,287
$30,001 – $48,000$22,212$19,082$20,593
$48,001 – $75,000$23,058$21,684$22,838
$75,001 – $110,000$27,204$25,108$26,295
$110,001 and more$31,410$28,761$30,515
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment5,552
Undergraduate enrollment2,561
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment201
Graduate enrollment2,991
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 90%
Part-time: 10%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 90%
25 and over: 10%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 75%
Out-of-state: 21%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 18%
Part-time: 82%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 26%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 76%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 20%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2016
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants4,2452,0762,169
Percent admitted76%76%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%22%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2016 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT58989%
ACT19029%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading445550
SAT Math450580
ACT Composite2025
ACT English1924
ACT Math1926
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 76%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 69 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 62%
Transfer-out rate: 29%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 45%
6-year: 56%
8-year: 57%
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 48%
6-year: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2008 or Fall 2010
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 58%
Female: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 87%
Black or African American: 50%
Hispanic/Latino: 71%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 60%
Non-resident alien: 55%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 56%
Received award in 8 years: 57%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 36%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 58%
Received award in 8 years: 58%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 30%
PART-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 0%
Received award in 8 years: 25%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 50%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 29%
Received award in 8 years: 35%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 35%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry4--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General31--
Neuroscience7--
Category total42--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting25--
Business Administration and Management, General4177-
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies10--
Finance, General23--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General16--
Category total11577-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia13--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric16--
Category total29--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General3--
Information Science/Studies4--
Category total7--
Education
Biology Teacher Education-0d-
Education, Other-178d-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--23
Educational/Instructional Technology-62d-
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship-33d-
Elementary Education and Teaching17--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-5d-
History Teacher Education-0-
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching3--
Mathematics Teacher Education-11d-
Music Teacher Education0--
Reading Teacher Education-47d-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-5d-
Secondary Education and Teaching2--
Social Studies Teacher Education-2d-
Special Education and Teaching, General-6-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-236d-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-34d-
Category total22619d23
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-2-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering246-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering11--
Mechanical Engineering472-
Category total8210-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management28-
Category total28-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-49d-
English Language and Literature, General12--
Category total1249d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature4--
Category total4--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist3--
Nursing Practice--30d
Pharmacy--69
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other0--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse9249d-
Category total9549d99d
History
History, General6--
Category total6--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies0--
Category total0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies68--
Category total68--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General22-
Category total22-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other4--
Category total4--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0--
Category total0--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General3--
Geology/Earth Science, General6--
Physics, General1--
Category total10--
Psychology
Psychology, General43--
Category total43--
Social Sciences
Criminology18--
International Relations and Affairs1--
Political Science and Government, General7--
Sociology6--
Category total32--
Visual and Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1--
Music Performance, General0--
Category total1--
Grand total576814122
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2015-2016
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 20
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 21
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $19,704
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,121
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 67%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
Baseball38
Basketball1318
Field Hockey20
Football97
Golf95
Lacrosse2515
Soccer2725
Softball17
Swimming1812
Tennis1114
Track and Field, X-Country1213
Volleyball1114
Wrestling34
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)1/1/1937 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs6/23/1996 - 6/30/2013Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/14/1998 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/14/1998 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels4/2/2014 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/26/2009 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations038
Liquor law violations715
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations005
Liquor law violations312
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape214
Fondling102
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault001
Burglary766
Motor vehicle theft010
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape204
Fondling001
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault001
Burglary616
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate4.9%4.8%4.0%
Number in default424539
Number in repayment848928964
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)