Founded in 1933, Wilkes University is a private, co-ed, comprehensive institution. The university is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Wilkes-Barre is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains Region. It is the county seat of Luzerne County and has a population of about 50,000 people.
Our campus encompasses thirty-three acres and includes eight academic buildings, 20 residence halls, nine administrative buildings, the Eugene S. Farley Library, the Henry Student Center, Annette Evans Alumni and Faculty House, Sordoni Art Gallery, Burns Alumni Bell Tower and Carillon, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, President's Home, Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center (with the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium), Ralston Field Athletic Sports Complex, Munson Fieldhouse, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
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Colleges and Schools:
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
The College of Graduate and Professional Studies
The Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing
The College of Science and Engineering
University College (Academic Advising)
The School of Education
Academically, our calendar includes two fifteen-week semesters, with optional sessions held during the summer and winter (January) breaks. Our Master's in Creative Writing program follows a different calendar.
Wilkes is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Professional accreditations include:
- American Chemical Society
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Engineering Accreditation Commission
- Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Commission on Credentialing
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
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Our enrollment includes about 2,000 full-time undergraduate students from 19 states and a dozen foreign countries.
90% of our faculty have earned their Ph.D. or highest degree; 15:1 student:faculty ratio.
Our average class sizes are freshmen classes, 24 students; upper-level classes, 16 students; graduate classes, 9 students.
Our library facilities include more than 200,000 volumes of books and bound journals; 400 current journals; 10,000 full text online journals; microforms, instructional audio-visual materials.
We have 16 National Honor Societies.
More than 94% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. More than 98% of freshmen receive aid. Merit and need-based aid is available.
Honor Scholarships are available. They include our University, Presidential, Achievement, Transfer.
Per our varsity athletics programs. We are NCAA Division III in men's and women's intercollegiate sports. We are also a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).
Individual admissions decisions are based upon secondary-school or preparatory-school record, class rank, and results of the SAT/ACT examination. Interviews are not required but are highly recommended.