Wilkes University

Accreditation and Rankings

Accreditation and Rankings


Wilkes is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Professional accreditations include:

  • American Chemical Society
  • 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
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Rankings and Recognitions

  • Washington Monthly ranked Wilkes University among the nation's top colleges and universities and what they are doing for the country. Wilkes is ranked in two categories: contribution to public good and best bang for the buck. Wilkes is the highest ranked institution from northeast Pennsylvania in the best bang for the buck category, which looks at schools that help students pursue a marketable degree at an affordable price. In the contribution to public good category, Wilkes ranked 129 of 632 institutions and was the only institution in northeast Pennsylvania to improve its ranking in the category in 2017. This is the twelfth year that Washington Monthly has released "a different kind of college ranking" that challenges the prestige- and wealth-driven metrics put out by other publications.

  • 25th In the Nation for Value RankingThe Economist ranked Wilkes 25th in the nation for economic value. The ranking confirms Wilkes’ commitment to preparing students for academic success in high-paying careers. It determines a college’s economic value by comparing what a school’s graduates earn to how much they might have earned had they studied elsewhere.

  • The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes University in the top 10 percent of four-year colleges nationwide based on how much graduates actually earned over predicted earnings.

  • AffordableCollegesOnline.org. ranked Wilkes  as one of the top 20 Pennsylvania colleges with the greatest lifetime return on investment. Wilkes is ranked 16th on the list of 81 colleges and universities in the state that offer a good return on a student’s investment in higher education.

  • Military Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs Magazine and its parent company, Victory Media designated Wilkes University a Military Friendly School . It is the sixth consecutive year that Wilkes has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list. The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The Military Friendly Schools website can be found at militaryfriendly.com/schools.

  • Money Magazine ranked Wilkes University highest among northeast Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities on the Best Colleges list of schools delivering great value for students. The ranking is based on factors such as graduation rates, affordability and average earnings after graduation.

  • U.S. News and World Report consistently names Wilkes as one of the nation’s best universities. This naming reflects Wilkes’ dedication to personalized attention and hands-on learning.
  • The Princeton Review ranked Wilkes on its “Best Northeastern Colleges” list. Wilkes was recognized for academic excellence and student satisfaction.
  • Zippia.com named Wilkes University as one of the 10 Best Colleges For Business Majors In Pennsylvania, using science and data to determine which colleges in PA offer the best opportunities for business majors.