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Wilkes University Ranked One Of The Fastest Growing Colleges by Chronicle of Higher Education

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Wilkes University is ranked as one of the fastest-growing universities for the period from 2004 to 2009, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The listing was announced in the Chronicle’s Almanac of Higher Education 2011, published in August. 

Total enrollment grew from 4,364 in the fall of 2004 to 6,239 in the fall of 2009 – an increase of 43%. Wilkes was ranked among private nonprofit master’s degree-granting institutions. The listing was based on total student enrollment, including full and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. 

“This growth represents our long-term commitment to mentoring and serving our students. We do this by providing programs that meet the needs of our students - many in online and hybrid formats that make it easy for working adults to complete them,” said Tim Gilmour, Wilkes University president. “We continue to attract the best and brightest students who desire hands-on learning, cutting-edge research and leadership opportunities.”

Record undergraduate enrollment also contributed to the growth. In 2007, Wilkes accepted its largest class with 625 freshmen students. Notable growth also occurred in master’s degree programs. Graduate teacher education expanded due to online programming and national program partners, including Discovery Education. Enrollment in MBA and creative writing programs also increased during the reporting period.

Wilkes has also experienced recent growth in the sciences and engineering. As many as half of incoming students have chosen majors in the science, health and engineering fields.

More information about Wilkes University can be found at www.wilkes.edu.

About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Providing a sense of values and civic responsibility, Wilkes encourages its students to welcome the opportunities and challenges of a diverse and continuously changing world.

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Published On: 10/4/2011
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