Wilkes University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$39,134
3% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$27,918
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94.1%
4,798 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
5,207
44.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
59.4%
390 Graduates

About

Wilkes University is a higher education institution located in Luzerne County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Wilkes University were Registered Nursing (134 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (66 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (42 degrees).

In 2022, 1,405 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes University. 63.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,133 degrees), 17.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (64 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $39,134, which is $15,138 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $39,134, which is $15,138 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,918.

In 2022, 88% of undergraduate students attending Wilkes University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$39,134
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Wilkes University was $39,134. The cost of tuition at Wilkes University is $15,138 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$27,918
2022 Value
7.42%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Wilkes University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,918. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Wilkes University grew by 7.42%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,599
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wilkes University was of $12,599 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.2% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at Wilkes University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.15% with respect to 2021, when 87% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.51%
2019 Default Rate
17
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Wilkes University was 1.51%, which represents 17 out of the 1124 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Wilkes University received 4,798 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 19.4% annual growth. Out of those 4,798 applicants, 4,517 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.1% acceptance rate.

There were 5,207 students enrolled at Wilkes University in 2022. 35% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wilkes University has an overall enrollment yield of 10.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
4,517
Accepted Out of 4,798

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wilkes University was 94.1% (4,517 admissions from 4,798 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 94.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 19.4%, while admissions grew by 18.6%..

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SAT Scores

35%
Submission Percentage (2022)
162
Scores Submitted (2022)

35% of enrolled first-time students at Wilkes University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wilkes University had a total enrollment of 5,207 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,338 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,869. This means that 44.9% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 71% White, 10.7% Black or African American, 7.57% Hispanic or Latino, 3.86% Asian, 2.5% Two or More Races, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0576% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wilkes University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.1%), followed by White Male (33.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.37%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.2%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Black or African American Female (3.58%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

44.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wilkes University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,207 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,338 and the part-time enrollment is 2,869. This means that 44.9% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Wilkes University was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Wilkes University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,695 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    558 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    394 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University is 71% White, 10.7% Black or African American, 7.57% Hispanic or Latino, 3.86% Asian, 2.5% Two or More Races, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0576% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 85 students (1.63%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 389 more women than men received degrees from Wilkes University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wilkes University is white (1,133 degrees awarded). There were 17.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (64 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wilkes University is Registered Nursing (134 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (66 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (42 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Wilkes University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (487 degrees awarded), English (48 degrees), and Engineering (87 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,722,657 people), Registered nurses (1,464,203 people), Secondary school teachers (565,736 people), Other managers (512,247 people), and Software developers (463,243 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University in 2022 are Education (487 degrees awarded), English (48 degrees), Engineering (87 degrees), Health (347 degrees), and History (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Podiatrists, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (487 degrees awarded), English (48 degrees), Engineering (87 degrees), Health (347 degrees), and History (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,215,040 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,704,086 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (664,544 people), Computer Systems Design (571,778 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (454,045 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (487 degrees awarded), English (48 degrees), Engineering (87 degrees), Health (347 degrees), and History (9 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

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Most Common (2022)
  1. 134 degrees awarded
  2. 66 degrees awarded
  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wilkes University was Registered Nursing with 134 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

508
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
897
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 508 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University, which is 0.566 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (897).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 54 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.57 times more than the 21 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 217 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University in Registered Nursing, which is 4.17 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
64%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 53% of students graduating from Wilkes University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 64% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 64% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (90%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Wilkes University is Female and Asian (90% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.13% of graduates (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,133 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    64 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wilkes University is white (1,133 degrees awarded). There were 17.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (64 degrees).

3.2% of degree recipients (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    741 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    392 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    42 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wilkes University is white female (741 degrees awarded). There were 1.89 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (392 degrees).

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Operations

Wilkes University has an endowment valued at nearly $61.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−6.93%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Wilkes University had a total salary expenditure of 109M. Wilkes University employs 72 Associate professors, 43 Assistant professors and 29 Professors. Most academics at Wilkes University are Male Associate professor (37), Female Associate professor (35), and Female Assistant professor (29).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 96 employees, Service, with 56 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 42 employees.

Endowment

$61.4M
2022 Endowment
6.74%
decline from 2021

Wilkes University has an endowment valued at about $61.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Wilkes University declined 6.74% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $14.8M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$42.7M
2022 Salaries
4.39%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Wilkes University paid a median of $42.7M in salaries, which represents 39.1% of their overall expenditure ($109M) and a 4.39% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.9M
Instructional Salaries
166
Number of Employees

In 2022, Wilkes University paid a total of $14.9M to 166 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
72 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
96 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wilkes University were Associate professor with 72 employees, Assistant professor with 43 employees, and Professor with 29 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 96 employees, Service with 56 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 42 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wilkes University was Male Associate professor with 37 employees, Female Associate professor with 35 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 29 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Wilkes University.

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