Wilkes University

Admissions Information for International Students

Admissions Information for International Students

Wilkes University is a nationally-ranked research institution that provides big opportunities on a small college campus.

We offer 46 majors, the chance to do hands-on research and faculty mentors who are experts in their field. At Wilkes, you can immerse yourself in higher education and American culture, opening the door to a world of possibilities.

International Viewbook

Where is Wilkes University?

Located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a city of about 40,000 people, Wilkes is in walking distance of a movie theatre, stores, restaurants, banks and businesses to keep you busy and serve your needs away from home.

Our region is home to numerous ski resorts, concert venues, water parks and state parks when you’re ready for a road trip. Find out more about all the great things to eat, drink, see and do in and around Wilkes-Barre at DiscoverNEPA.

On weekends or breaks, you can do some sightseeing at some popular U.S. destinations. We’re located within a few hours’ drive from:

  • Philadelphia – two hours
  • New York City – two hours
  • Washington, D.C. – four hours
  • Boston – five hours

Check out our virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of Wilkes University’s campus. You can take a closer look at our state-of-the-art facilities and historic mansions. You will also learn more about our academic programs, research opportunities and life on campus while meeting some of the students and faculty who make our university so unique.

Immerse yourself in the study of English

Wilkes University provides resources both on campus and online to help you improve your English language skills. Our Intensive English Program welcome a diverse community of international learners with a personalized approach to prepare you for academic success.

Recognizing a quality education


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

  • American Chemical Society
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • 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

For more information about academic programs with accreditation or certification, please click here.

Rankings and recognitions

For more than 80 years, Wilkes has been dedicated to the success of our students through academic excellence, educational access and increasing the return on their investment. Many renowned organizations have recognized our commitment:

  • The Economist | Wilkes is ranked 25th in the nation for economic value.
  • U.S. News and World Report | Wilkes has been ranked for 16 consecutive years. Read more.
    • Ranked #211 of national universities
    • Top performer for social mobility
    • A+ school for B students
    • Best undergraduate engineering program
  • Washington Monthly | Wilkes is the highest ranked institution in northeast Pennsylvania. Read more.
  • Ranked #133 of national universities
  • Best bang for the buck
  • The Princeton Review | Wilkes is recognized as the best northeastern college.

Apply to Wilkes

Wilkes University believes in expanding our global perspective through a commitment to education in an evolving and multicultural world. We offer degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as programs to help international students improve their English language skills.

International Baccalaureate

Wilkes University rewards qualified students who have demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence. We understand the time commitment and effort high school students put in to successfully complete their IB courses. At Wilkes we want to share in your success and hard work by awarding college credit for your IB courses. Currently, courses are reviewed on a case by case basis with our faculty members. Should you have any questions please reach out to us at international.admissions@wilkes.edu.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

You are Welcome

The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship was developed as a result of  U.S. higher education institutions’ commitment to providing a welcoming, safe and diverse environment to international students. Wilkes is proud to support this initiative by offering two annual, renewable scholarships for up to four years of study. The scholarships are open to first-year international students admitted for undergraduate degree-seeking study at Wilkes University. Successful applicants will be dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message by bridging intercultural divides. Applicants will submit a 500-1000 word written essay or a 2-5 minute video about the following prompt “Tell us about your leadership skills in your school or community, and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at Wilkes.”


Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a first-year international (F-1 Visa) applicant to Wilkes.
  • Demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.
  • Complete a scholarship application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video describing their aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment, or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to Wilkes 
  2. Submit the one-page #YouAreWelcomeHere application to international.admissions@wilkes.edu by January 15, 2021.
  3. If awarded a scholarship, claim it by submitting a tuition deposit to Wilkes by May 1.

International student merit scholarships are based on previous academic performance. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission decision after all required materials has beenreceived.

  • Freshman Scholarships| $14,000 – $21,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study
  • Transfer Scholarships| $10,000 – $18,000 per year for undergraduate studies
    • Awarded to transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, in addition to the transfer scholarship listed above; proof of PTK membership must be submitted with admission application
  • Jay Sidhu Scholarship | $1,000 – $5,000 additional scholarship money
    • Must be a citizen of India
    • Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must enroll as a first-year student at Wilkes and reside on-campus
    • Must be the first time studying in the USA on an F-1 visa
  • Canada Provincial Scholarship | $1,000 – $5,000 additional scholarship money
    • Must be a citizen of Canada
    • Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must enroll as a first-year student at Wilkes and reside on-campus
  • Global Colonel Award | $1,000 – $5,000 additional scholarship money
    • Must be studying in an US high school on an F-1 Visa
    • Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must enroll as a first-year student at Wilkes and reside on-campus

Intensive English Program | The Intensive English Program at Wilkes University will immerse you in the study of English language and American culture to help prepare you for university studies. Our program has been recognized as one of the best in the U.S. and is a member of UCIEP.

Global Education and Diversity | The Center for Global Education and Diversity provides cultural, social and academic support for our international students on campus. Once you are accepted to Wilkes, the Center for Global Education and Diversity will assist you in getting your Form I-20.

Education USA | Education USA advisors work in centers around the world to promote higher education by providing information and guidance on colleges and universities in the U.S. Visit the Education USA website to find the name on contact information of the advisor in your country.

Please take a few minutes to meet some international students and hear about their experiences at Wilkes.

Mingzhu | China
Juan | Argentina


Simon | People’s Republic of China