Wilkes University: Narrative Description

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84 West South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766-0002
Tel: (570)408-5000
Free: 800-945-5378
Admissions: (570)408-4400
Fax: (570)408-7820
Web Site: http://www.wilkes.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1933. Setting: 25-acre urban campus. Endowment: $31.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $463,269. Educational spending 2003-04: $5854 per student. Total enrollment: 4,364. Faculty: 219 (119 full-time, 100 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,593 applied, 79% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 1,896 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 212 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 7 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 9% 25 or older, 43% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; psychology; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/30.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,332 includes full-time tuition ($19,428), mandatory fees ($980), and college room and board ($8924). College room only: $5284. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $536 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $30 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 872 college housing spaces available; 840 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Eugene S. Farley Library with 236,942 books, 39,098 microform titles, 848 serials, 159 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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