Wilkes University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$33,208
3.95% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$26,312
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
5.72%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
75.3%
4,067 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
5,545
49.2% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
59.7%
322 Graduates

About

Wilkes University is a higher education institution located in Luzerne County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Wilkes University were Registered Nursing (92 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (68 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (57 degrees).

In 2017, 1,559 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Wilkes University. 61.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,277 degrees), 26.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (49 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $33,208, which is $12,475 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Wilkes University is $33,208, which is $12,475 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,312.

In 2017, 84% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 71% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$33,208
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Wilkes University was $33,208. The cost of tuition at Wilkes University is $12,475 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$26,312
2017 Value
5.14%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Wilkes University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,312. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Wilkes University grew by 5.14%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,182
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Wilkes University was of $11,182 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 6.16% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
71%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Wilkes University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 84% 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.
5.72%
2016 Default Rate
55
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Wilkes University was 5.72%, which represents 55 out of the 962 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Wilkes University received 4,067 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.19% annual decline. Out of those 4,067 applicants, 3,063 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.3% acceptance rate.

There were 5,545 students enrolled at Wilkes University in 2017, and 89% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Wilkes University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
3,063
Accepted Out of 4,067

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Wilkes University was 75.3% (3,063 admissions from 4,067 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 75.9%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -4.19%, while admissions declined by -4.96%.

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SAT Scores

89%
Submission Percentage
514
Scores Submitted

89% of enrolled first-time students at Wilkes University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Wilkes University has a total enrollment of 5,545 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,729 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,816. This means that 49.2% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.4% White, 5.43% Black or African American, 4.42% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Asian, 2.38% Two or More Races, 0.252% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.126% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Wilkes University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (36.9%), followed by White Female (33.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.36%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (55%), followed by White Male (26.2%) and Asian Female (3.43%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

49.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Wilkes University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,545 students. The full-time enrollment at Wilkes University is 2,729 and the part-time enrollment is 2,816. This means that 49.2% of students enrolled at Wilkes University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2017 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
    4,239
  2. Black or African American
    301
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    245

The enrolled student population at Wilkes University is 76.4% White, 5.43% Black or African American, 4.42% Hispanic or Latino, 2.54% Asian, 2.38% Two or More Races, 0.252% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.126% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 218 students (3.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 361 more women than men received degrees from Wilkes University. The majority of degree recipients at Wilkes University are white (1,277 degrees awarded). There were 26.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (49 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Wilkes University is Registered Nursing (92 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (68 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (57 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 (664 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), and Engineering (92 degrees).

Workforce

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 (2,202,788 people), Accountants & auditors (1,170,412 people), Other managers (1,042,644 people), Financial managers (476,112 people), and Software developers (471,313 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (664 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Engineering (92 degrees), Biology (43 degrees), and Business (213 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (664 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Engineering (92 degrees), Biology (43 degrees), and Business (213 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 (3,393,102 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (961,033 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (889,593 people), Computer Systems Design (872,359 people), and Construction (621,944 people).

The most specialized majors at Wilkes University are Education (664 degrees awarded), English (61 degrees), Engineering (92 degrees), Biology (43 degrees), and Business (213 degrees).

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Degrees

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. 92 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 68 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 57 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Wilkes University was Registered Nursing with 92 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 599
  2. 960

In 2017, 599 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University, which is 0.624 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (960).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 83 degrees were awarded to men at Wilkes University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.63 times more than the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 188 degrees were awarded to women at Wilkes University in Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, which is 3.92 times more than the 48 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%
100% Completion Time
59%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 47% of students graduating from Wilkes University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 59% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 60% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Wilkes University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 9.63% of graduates (31 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,277 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    49 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    41 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Wilkes University is white (1,277 degrees awarded). There were 26.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (49 degrees).

3.14% of degree recipients (49 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    828 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    449 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    25 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Wilkes University is white female (828 degrees awarded). There were 1.84 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (449 degrees).

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Operations

Wilkes University has an endowment valued at nearly $47.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.69M (11.9%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Wilkes University had a total salary expenditure of $100M. Wilkes University employs 67 Assistant professors, 61 Associate professors, and 34 Professors. Most academics at Wilkes University are Male Assistant professors (36), Female Associate professors(31), and Female Assistant professors (31).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 97 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 65 employees, and Service with 61 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$47.7M
2017 Endowment
17.6%
growth from 2016

Wilkes University has an endowment valued at about $47.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Wilkes University grew 17.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $14.6M 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. $1.68M - Federal
  2. $1.54M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Wilkes University received $1.68M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.54M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$41.5M
2017 Salaries
7.53%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Wilkes University paid a median of $41.5M in salaries, which represents 41.5% of their overall expenditure ($100M) and a 7.53% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.37% decline from 2015 and a 7.74% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.4M
Instructional Salaries
180
Number of Employees

In 2017, Wilkes University paid a total of $15.4M to 180 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
67 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
97 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Wilkes University were Assistant professor with 67 employees; Associate professor with 61 employees; and Associate professor with 34 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Wilkes University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 97 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 65 employees; and Service with 61 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Wilkes University was Male Assistant professor with 36 employees, Female Associate professor with 31 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 31 employees.

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

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