Accreditation and Rankings


Wilkes University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education external website, 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
  • AACSB International
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Commission on Credentialing
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education external website
    • 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.

ACCREDITATION information and schedules

Rankings and Recognitions

For 90 years, Wilkes has been dedicated to preparing students for lifelong success by providing an education they’ll value for life. We’re open and accepting to all. And we always will be. Many renowned organizations have recognized this commitment. Read on for our national rankings and recognitions.

Brookings Institution

Ranked 14th overall in helping students improve their income after graduation.

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The Economist

25th in the nation for economic value.

U.S. News and World Report

Ranked for 20 consecutive years.

  • Ranked #269 of national universities
  • Top performer for social mobility
  • Ranked #319 of BSN programs
  • Ranked #155 of engineering bachelor’s-degree programs

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Washington Monthly

  • Ranked #279 of national universities
  • Recognized for "Best Bang for the Buck," highlighting 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.

  • Ranked in the top 50% for Best Colleges in the U.S. (667)
  • Ranked in the top 40% for Top Private Universities in the U.S. (446)

The Princeton Review

Best Northeastern College.

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

CollegeNET Rankings

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Top 10% in return on investment for graduates.