Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,134
Graduate Enrollment: 3,044
Doctoral/Professional Universities
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Small City (<100k)
Four-year, medium, highly residential // full-time, selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 94.77%

Male/Female: 46% / 54% (2017)

First generation college students: 34.6% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 3.7% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.8% (2007)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,150
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1040 - 1250

2022 Median Admit ACT: 24
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 20 - 28

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 63.2% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 44.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 30.9% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 22.8% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 72.0%
Black: 5.4%
Hispanic: 9.8%
Asian: 2.8%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 2.9%
Non-resident alien: 5.7%
Unknown race: 1.4%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $56,058
In-State tuition: $39,914
Out-of-State tuition: $39,914

Estimated books and supplies: $1,600 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $15,698 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $3,193 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $9,500 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $3,193 (2022)

Average Family Income: $79,696 (2017)
Median Family Income: $62,518 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 32.6%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 71.0%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $26,000 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $276 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $26,032
$30k-48k $25,238
$48k-75k $26,188
$75k-110k $30,853
$110k+ $35,275

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 50%
6-year graduation rate: 61%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 98.5% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $26,000 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $8,560 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $21,275 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $22,428 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 79.7% (2015)
@3 year 84.4% (2017)
@5 year 89.1% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 60.1% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 62.4% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $56,093 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $61,896 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 11 $27,000 $285 $49,620 ($4,135)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 8
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 17 $26,000 $276 $35,936 ($2,995) $39,205 ($3,267)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 5
Bachelor's Degree Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions. 3
First Professional Degree Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration. 70 $751 $102,976 ($8,581) $127,945 ($10,662)
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 97 $28,813 $265 $68,298 ($5,692) $72,957 ($6,080)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 183 $471 $117,913 ($9,826)
First Professional Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 73
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 57 $26,584 $276 $37,662 ($3,139) $58,133 ($4,844)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 46 $450 $60,891 ($5,074) $75,368 ($6,281)
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 18 $26,000 $270 $52,607 ($4,384) $69,557 ($5,796)
Bachelor's Degree Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. 2
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 21 $25,091 $265 $41,557 ($3,463)
Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 3
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 25 $26,000 $272 $45,798 ($3,817) $57,389 ($4,782)
Bachelor's Degree History. 5
Master's Degree Education, Other. 155
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 5
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 17
Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 15 $27,000 $286 $57,334 ($4,778) $64,662 ($5,389)
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 63 $27,000 $286 $59,518 ($4,960) $73,078 ($6,090)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 2
Bachelor's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 2
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 1
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 2
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 30 $410 $27,995 ($2,333)
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 58
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 34 $26,931 $286 $35,235 ($2,936) $60,789 ($5,066)
Bachelor's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 4
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 2
Master's Degree Mathematics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 1
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 6
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 4
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 25 $26,000 $276 $29,199 ($2,433) $41,972 ($3,498)
Bachelor's Degree Criminology. 21
Bachelor's Degree International Relations and National Security Studies. 5
Bachelor's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 9
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 8
Bachelor's Degree Information Science/Studies. 2
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 50 $90,421 ($7,535)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 17
Master's Degree Educational/Instructional Media Design. 76
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 7
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 26 $27,000 $276 $38,645 ($3,220)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 396 $183 $55,229 ($4,602) $52,719 ($4,393)
Master's Degree Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language. 17


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $82,287
Full time faculty: 40%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 13.0

School's endowment start of year: $52,657,913 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $65,820,582 (2022)