Wilkes University

Undergraduate Application Processes & Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

High school preparation should include a college preparatory curriculum with:

Undergraduate Requirements
  • four years of English,
  • three years of mathematics,
  • two years of science (including a laboratory component),
  • three years of social studies and, if available,
  • introduction to computing.
Additional courses should be elected in academic subjects according to individual interests. Students whose preparation has not followed this pattern may still qualify for admission if there is strong evidence that they are prepared for college work.

Admission Tests

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the Achievement College Test (ACT) is required of all applicants. Students should plan to take one of these examinations in the fall term of their senior year, although many applicants take the exam in their junior year. Wilkes is a member of the College Entrance Examination Board.

Students communicating with the Educational Testing Center in Princeton, New Jersey, or in Los Angeles, California, should refer to the Wilkes University code number 2977.

Wilkes University's SAT Code: 2977

Wilkes University's ACT Code: 3756

In addition to the requirements above,

Students interested in any science-related major* should have at least three years of college preparatory mathematics courses (including algebra II, geometry, and topics in trigonometry) to be prepared to take MTH 111 (calculus) in the first term of the freshman year. 

A mathematics placement exam is required of all accepted students before enrolling in any math or science courses. If a math placement test results indicate the student is not yet prepared for the appropriate math and science courses, the student will be required to take MTH 094 (college algebra) and/or MTH 100 (precalculus). If a student does not obtain proficiency in the placement test, or earn a grade of 2.0 in MTH 094/MTH 100, before the fall semester commences, this can alter the student's progression and/or extend the time to graduation.

In the summer preceding entrance, students who do not meet the math requirement may enroll in MTH 094 (college algebra) and/or MTH 100 (precalculus), if being offered at Wilkes, or an equivalent, Wilkes-approved course at another college or university. Credits in such remedial courses will not exempt the student from any required course in these programs.

*Science-related majors include Neuroscience, Pre-Pharmacy, and all majors in the College of Science and Engineering

Nursing majors are required to have completed:
  • four units of English,
  • three units of Social Studies,
  • two units -- including algebra -- of Mathematics, and
  • two units -- including biology and chemistry -- of Science.

A mathematics placement exam is required of all accepted students before enrolling in any nursing science courses. If a math placement test results indicate the student is not yet prepared for the appropriate math and science courses, the student will be required to take college algebra (MTH 094) prior to the first semester in order to proceed on schedule in the nursing curriculum.  If a student does not obtain proficiency in the placement test, or earn a grade of 2.0 in MTH 094, before the fall semester commences, this can alter the student's progression and/or extend the time to graduation.

In the summer preceding entrance, students who do not meet the math requirement may enroll in MTH 094 (college algebra), if being offered at Wilkes, or an equivalent, Wilkes-approved course at another college or university. Credits in such remedial courses will not exempt the student from any required course in these programs.

Theater majors are required to audition for, and interview with, the department faculty.

All Transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or higher from all post-secondary institutions.
Professional Pharmacy majors should review their prior or current college/university coursework for:
  • two semesters (8 credits) of General Biology with labs,
  • two semesters (8 credits) of General Chemistry with labs,
  • two semesters (8 credits) of Organic Chemistry with labs,
  • one semester (4 credits) of General Physics with lab,
  • one semester (4 credits) of Calculus,
  • one semester (3 credits) of Statistics,
  • one semester (3 credits) of Microeconomics, and
  • one semester (3 credits) of Oral Communications.

If you will have completed these college/university courses prior to your intended enrollment at Wilkes, please complete the Professional Pharmacy application.

If you have completed some, but not all, of these courses, you may complete an undergraduate application as a transfer student. We advise that you schedule an appointment with the Transfer Student Coordinator in the Office of Admissions to discuss your enrollment options. Learn more about requirements for Transfer Students.

Acceptance of Admission & Deposit
After receipt of the secondary school record, secondary school recommendations, and SAT or ACT scores, the Admissions Office acts upon all applications. Notification of action is sent immediately.

Resident and Commuting students should guarantee their place in the entering class by forwarding a $300 deposit to the Office of Admissions by May 1.

The University accepts a limited number of applications for the spring semester. Procedures are similar to those followed in the fall semester.

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