Gateway Scholars Program

Young Scholars Gateway

Your Gateway to College

The Wilkes University Gateway Scholars Program charts a path for you to earn a year’s worth of college credits by the time you graduate from high school. You begin taking Wilkes courses and high school Advanced Placement (AP) offerings in your junior year of high school. You must be recommended by a high school guidance counselor to enroll in this program.

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Your Gateway to Savings

You pay the discounted Young Scholar rate of $50 per credit, or $150 for a typical 3-credit course, during your junior and senior years of high school. (Regular, part-time tuition is $995 per credit.)

Young ScholarsIf you complete this program and elect to enroll at Wilkes in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship based on the number of credits you earned in the program. This scholarship will be applied to your Wilkes tuition and distributed over your freshman, sophomore, and junior and years. This is in addition to any scholarships and financial aid you would normally receive.

Total savings for a full year of tuition—currently $37,994 annually—and the Gateway Scholars scholarships of approximately $1,500 (for a typical student) amounts to $39,494. You can also save the cost of one year of room and board.

Your Gateway to Wilkes

Completing required courses enable you to earn a bachelor’s degree at Wilkes in as few as three years. By completing this program, you can enter Wilkes University as a sophomore in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Your Gateway to Success

Whether you plan to enroll in professional school or graduate school, or if you want to start your career immediately after earning your bachelor’s degree, this program can help you save money and achieve your goal faster.

Contacts

To see if you qualify, contact your high school guidance counselor.

To learn more about Wilkes University, contact admissions@wilkes.edu.


FAQ

The Gateway Scholars Program is a coordinated pathway for high school students who are recommended by their high school guidance office to earn their first-year college requirements by the time they graduate from high school. They accomplish this by combining Wilkes courses with Advanced Placement (AP) offerings in high school. Students begin by taking courses in their junior year of high school, completing the prescribed courses by the end their senior year, or in some cases by the end of the summer after their senior year.

Students can complete a bachelor’s degree at Wilkes in as few as three years. By completing their first-year college requirements by high school graduation, they can enter Wilkes University as sophomores in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

The Young Scholar tuition rate is $50 per credit for the 2020-2021 academic year. This amounts to $150 for a 3-credit course.

Enrolling in college as a sophomore results in a savings of one full year of college tuition, currently $35,814. Students can also save one year of the cost of room and board.

High school students in this program will pay the discounted Gateway Scholars Program rate during their junior and senior years of high school. Those who complete this program and enroll at Wilkes in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation may be eligible to receive a scholarship based on the number of credits you earned in the program. 

Those who complete this program and enroll at Wilkes in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation may be eligible to receive a scholarship based on the number of credits you earned in the program.

This scholarship will be applied to students’ Wilkes tuition, spread out over three (3) year during the students’ freshman, sophomore, and junior years. This is in addition to other scholarships and financial aid for which students may qualify.

30+ credits earned prior to high school graduation, would receive a total scholarship of $5,000 spread over three (3) years as the following awards:

  • First Year = $2,000
  • Sophomore Year = $2,000
  • Junior Year = $1,000

12-29 credits earned prior to high school graduation, would receive a total scholarship of $3,500 spread over three (3) years as the following awards:

  • First Year = $1,500
  • Sophomore Year = $1,000
  • Junior Year = $1,000

This varies depending on your chosen major and the number of high school AP courses taken. Including both AP and Wilkes classes, you will need to have completed 30 to 33 credits to meet the first-year college requirements.

Based on your chosen major, Wilkes will provide you with an academic advisor

A flexible class schedule has been arranged with early morning, late afternoon, online and summer course options that will allow you to attend your high school classes as well.
 No. These are college classes with college students enrolled as well.
Students will be responsible for their own transportation. Please consult with your guidance office to determine if any school district transportation options are available.
An orientation session will be held for high school students, with a separate orientation session for parents.
Yes. High school students are not required to participate in this program and may register for a Wilkes course with approval from the appropriate high school representative.
Yes. You may request an official Wilkes University transcript that will list the courses you have taken. Most of the courses will likely be transferable, but this decision is ultimately at the discretion of the college or university you choose to attend.
The guidance office in your high school can provide you with information about how to enroll.