About Wilkes

Since 1933, Wilkes has been preparing students for lifelong success. National rankings recognize our commitment to access and making a Wilkes education as affordable as possible, while highlighting our ongoing return on investment for graduates.

Wilkes University provided me with unique opportunities that set me up for success in my career....These experiences set me apart during my application and job-hunting process.

Emily Kamieniecki '20

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Wilkes Will Challenge You

Not only will your professors know your name, they will work with you one-on-one to help you achieve your goals.

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Discover the Wilkes Difference

Wilkes offers the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the close mentoring environment of a small college. Faculty members work side by side with students in pursuit of solutions to the most pressing questions of our day.

We encourage creative scholarly activities, programs, ideas and sustainable practices. We embrace our differences and collaborate with mutual respect.

Wilkes is a positive force for economic, social and cultural development in the region. We contribute 2,300 jobs and over $250 million in impact to Pennsylvania's economy, as well as more than 120,000 annual hours of hands-on community service by students, faculty and staff.


among all colleges and universities for helping students from middle-class families raise their income level according to the Brooking Institution


of members of the first-year class are the first in their families to pursue a bachelor's degree.


out of 397 institutions in the northeast in Washington Monthly's best bang for the buck ranking, which recognizes schools that help students pursue a marketable degree at an affordable price.