Wilkes University

Rankings and Recognitions


  • Wilkes is ranked 25th in the nation for economic value by the renowned international newspaper, The Economist – higher than any other Arizona university.

  • Wilkes was named one of the top 20 Pennsylvania colleges with the greatest lifetime return on investment by the web site AffordableCollegesOnline.org. 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.

  • G.I. Jobs magazine named Wilkes University to its 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools. This list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.
  • Wilkes University is ranked as one of the fastest-growing universities for the period from 2004 to 2009, by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Total enrollment grew from 4,364 in the fall of 2004 to 6,239 in the fall of 2009 – an increase of 43%.
  • The prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute recognized Wilkes University as one of “the nation’s best undergraduate institutions” in awarding a $1 million grant to creatively engage students in biological sciences. Wilkes was one of just 48 institutions to receive this award in 2008.
  • Wilkes is consistently named as one of the nation’s best universities by U.S. News and World Report. 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.