Wilkes University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$36,888
3% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$30,281
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.58%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
91.8%
3,633 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
4,781
51.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
63.9%
356 Graduates

About

Wilkes University is a higher education institution located in Luzerne County, PA. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wilkes University were Registered Nursing (96 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (54 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (51 degrees).

In 2020, 1,562 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes University. 67.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,274 degrees), 20.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (63 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $36,888, which is $14,358 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $36,888, which is $14,358 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,281.

In 2020, 87% of undergraduate students attending Wilkes University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$36,888
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Wilkes University was $36,888. The cost of tuition at Wilkes University is $14,358 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$30,281
2020 Value
10.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Wilkes University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,281. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Wilkes University grew by 10.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,054
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wilkes University was of $12,054 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 1.8% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

87%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
71%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

87% of undergraduate students at Wilkes University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.16% with respect to 2019, when 86% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.58%
2018 Default Rate
43
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Wilkes University was 3.58%, which represents 43 out of the 1202 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Wilkes University received 3,633 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 3.27% annual decline. Out of those 3,633 applicants, 3,334 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.8% acceptance rate.

There were 4,781 students enrolled at Wilkes University in 2020, and 89% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wilkes University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,334
Accepted Out of 3,633

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wilkes University was 91.8% (3,334 admissions from 3,633 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 78.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −3.27%, while admissions grew by 12.9%.

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SAT Scores

89%
Submission Percentage
425
Scores Submitted

89% of enrolled first-time students at Wilkes University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Wilkes University has a total enrollment of 4,781 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,463 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,318. This means that 51.5% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 75.7% White, 7.7% Black or African American, 5.77% Hispanic or Latino, 2.99% Asian, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0627% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wilkes University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38%), followed by White Male (35.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (54.2%), followed by White Male (29.1%) and Asian Female (4.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

51.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wilkes University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,781 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,463 and the part-time enrollment is 2,318. This means that 51.5% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2020 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 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Wilkes University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,617
  2. Black or African American
    368
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    276

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University is 75.7% White, 7.7% Black or African American, 5.77% Hispanic or Latino, 2.99% Asian, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0627% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% 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, 125 students (2.61%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 546 more women than men received degrees from Wilkes University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Wilkes University is white (1,274 degrees awarded). There were 20.2 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (63 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wilkes University is Registered Nursing (96 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (54 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (51 degrees).

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 (606 degrees awarded), English (46 degrees), and Engineering (99 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 (1,873,605 people), Registered nurses (1,358,779 people), Other managers (479,118 people), Secondary school teachers (464,306 people), and Software developers (383,424 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (606 degrees awarded), English (46 degrees), Engineering (99 degrees), History (16 degrees), and Health (379 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (606 degrees awarded), English (46 degrees), Engineering (99 degrees), History (16 degrees), and Health (379 degrees).

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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 (3,167,476 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,626,410 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (634,137 people), Computer Systems Design (501,311 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (426,755 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (606 degrees awarded), English (46 degrees), Engineering (99 degrees), History (16 degrees), and Health (379 degrees).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Wilkes University.
Most Common
  1. 96 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 54 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 51 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wilkes University was Registered Nursing with 96 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

508
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,054
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 508 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University, which is 0.482 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,054).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 50 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 16.7 times more than the 3 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 227 degrees were awarded to women at Wilkes University in Registered Nursing, which is 9.46 times more than the 24 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

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100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 50% of students graduating from Wilkes University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 60% 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 Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wilkes University is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.12% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,274 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    63 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    61 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wilkes University is white (1,274 degrees awarded). There were 20.2 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (63 degrees).

2.11% of degree recipients (33 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    875 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    399 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    46 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Wilkes University is white female (875 degrees awarded). There were 2.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (399 degrees).

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Wilkes University has an endowment valued at nearly $52.7M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.32M (4.41%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Wilkes University had a total salary expenditure of $101M. Wilkes University employs 70 Associate professors, 52 Assistant professors, and 32 Professors. Most academics at Wilkes University are Male Associate professors (36), Female Associate professors(34), and Male Assistant professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 100 employees, Service, with 56 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

Endowment

$52.7M
2020 Endowment
1.56%
growth from 2019

Wilkes University has an endowment valued at about $52.7M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Wilkes University grew 1.56% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $13M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.45M - Federal
  2. $1.42M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Wilkes University received $5.45M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.42M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$45.5M
2020 Salaries
0.867%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Wilkes University paid a median of $45.5M in salaries, which represents 45.1% of their overall expenditure ($101M) and a 0.867% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.89% growth from 2018 and a 3.46% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.9M
Instructional Salaries
176
Number of Employees

In 2020, Wilkes University paid a total of $14.9M to 176 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

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

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wilkes University were Associate professor with 70 employees; Assistant professor with 52 employees; and Assistant professor with 32 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 100 employees; Service with 56 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 46 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wilkes University was Male Associate professor with 36 employees, Female Associate professor with 34 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 26 employees.

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

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