Accreditation and Rankings


Wilkes University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which was most recently reaffirmed in 2020. Professional accreditations and affiliations include:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Commission on Credentialing
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

More information about academic programs with accreditation or certification.

Rankings and Recognitions

For more than 80 years, Wilkes has been dedicated to the success of our students through academic excellence, educational access and increasing the return on their investment. Many renowned organizations have recognized our commitment. Read on for our national rankings and recognitions.

Brookings Institution

Ranked 14th overall in helping students improve their income after graduation -- read more

The Economist

  • 25th in the nation for economic value

U.S. News and World Report

Ranked for 18 consecutive years -- read more

  • Ranked #213 of national universities
  • Top performer for social mobility
  • A+ school for B students
  • Ranked #388 of BSN programs
  • Ranked #166 of engineering bachelor’s-degree programs 

Washington Monthly

  • Ranked #184 of national universities
  • Ranked #272 for "Best Bang for the Buck" recognizing schools that help students pursue a marketable degree at an affordable price


Based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.

  • Best college in America (ranked 573 out of 1,652 schools)
  • Top private university in America (ranked 347 of 961)
  • Best value college in America (ranked 415 of 1,601)

The Princeton Review

  • Best northeastern college

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • Wilkes was one of 800 schools from across the country on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of the Best Colleges in 2021.

G.I. Jobs Magazine

  • Proud military friendly school for ten consecutive years -- learn why

CollegeNET Social Mobility Index

  • Top ranked institution in Luzerne County for educational access and opportunity and within top 25 percent of independent institutions ranked nationally - read more

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

  • Top 10% in return on investment for graduates