Wilkes University is committed to preparing our students for success in an ever-changing, multicultural world.
While at Wilkes, you will learn both in and out of the classroom through a traditional, residential college experience and a complete immersion in American culture.
You are considered an International student if you:
- do not hold U.S. citizenship;
- are not a permanent resident of the U.S.; or
- do not hold resident alien status in the U.S.
Undergraduate Application Deadlines for International Students
If you reside outside the U.S.
If you reside in the U.S. and have a valid visa
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by June 15.
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Aug. 1.
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Nov. 15.
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Dec. 10.
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by March 15.
You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by April 15.
Once the University receives all documents, processing takes one to two weeks. We will inform you of our admissions decision through the online portal. Undergraduate admissions decisions are based on superior academic standing and adequate preparation for the proposed field of study.
Checklist of items you need to submit to apply to Wilkes:
A completed application
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about completing your application.
Official high school transcript(s)in English | Original or certified true copy of your secondary school record.
The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating.Emailed copies areacceptable for the admissionsprocess,however official transcripts are required to be submitted to Wilkes by the first day of mandatory orientation.
Transfer students: An official high school transcript is only required if you have attempted less than 30 college/university credits.
Official college/university transcript(s) | Official transcript from the institution if you attended a college or university (syllabi may be required to determine transfer credits.
If you attended a college/university outside of the U.S., you may be required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your foreign transcripts to be considered for admission and transfer credits.Emailed copies of the transcript areacceptable for the admissionsprocess,however official transcripts are required to be submitted to Wilkes by the first day of mandatory orientation. To be considered official, the evaluation must be received directly from one of the following companies:
- Academic Evaluation Services
- CGFNS International
- Educational Credential Evaluators
- Educational Perspective
- Educational Records Evaluation Service
- Foundation for International Services (FIS)
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
- SDR Educational Consultants
- World Education Services
If you attended a college/university in the U.S., you must submit an official transcript. Please contact the registrar’s office at your prior institution to submit a transcript request. Transcript(s) must be sent directly from the college/university to Wilkes in order to be considered official.
International students must present a sufficient English language proficiency score to enroll as an undergraduate student.
If the medium of instruction in your secondary school, college or university was English, the English proficiency requirement may be waived. A student must provide a letter from the school’s principal or registrar stating the medium of instruction is English.
All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States of America must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language. However, the following exceptions apply:
Applicants primarily educated in the following countries/territories:
- American Samoa
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Christmas Islands
- Cook Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- The Gambia
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sandwich Islands
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa (English-speaking, i.e. not Afrikaans)
- South Georgia Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States
- United Kingdom
- US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John)
Wilkes University will now accept the TOEFL ITP Plus for Chinese students.
Minimum scores for undergraduate students:
TOEFL Paper Based
TOEFL Computer Based
TOEFL Internet Based
ELS Successful Completion
WESLI Successful Completion
Duolingo English Test
If you do not have sufficient English proficiency scores, you will need to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test. Your scores on this test will determine the level you will enroll in for Wilkes University’sIntensive English Program.
Please note: Admissions reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency of any student applying to the University
You will need to submit a bank or government statement indicating that you or your sponsor have on account a sum of money sufficient to pay tuition, room, board and expenses for one academic year.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2021-2022
DIRECT COSTS are the expenses charged to students by Wilkes University. These are estimated numbers pending approval from the Board of Trustees.
|Undergraduate Direct Costs||Resident||Commuter||Off Campus|
|Tuition||$ 37,994||$ 37,994||$ 37,994|
|General Fee||$ 1,920||$ 1,920||$ 1,920|
|Room / Board (meals)||$ 15,708||N/A||N/A|
|Matriculation Fee (one time)||$ 135||$ 135||$ 135|
|Total Direct Costs||$ 55,757||$40,049||$ 40,049|
INDIRECT COSTS are estimated expenses that students may incur each year. These costs are included in the cost of attendance for planning purposes but are not billed to students by Wilkes University.
|Undergraduate Indirect Costs||Resident||Commuter||Off Campus|
|Books & Supplies||$ 1,600||$ 1,600||$ 1,600|
|Transportation||$ 1,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000|
|Personal Expenses||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000|
|Loan Fee||$ 58||$ 58||$ 58|
|Living Expenses||N/A||$ 1,440||$ 9,500|
|Total Indirect Costs||$ 4,658||$ 7,098||$ 15,158|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$ 60,415||$ 47,147||$ 55,207|
You must submit a copy of the passport page containing your picture. If you have a visa, you may send a copy of that as well.
You may scan and email all documents to email@example.com for preliminary admissions review.
Official hard copies must be mailed directly to Wilkes University at the following address:
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, Pa 18766
Wilkes University will not review applications for admission until we have received all required information. You will be notified of your admissions decision one to two weeks after your all information is received and your file is complete.
Once you are admitted, the Center for Global Education and Diversity will assist you in getting your Form I-20 and offer numerous orientation programs, cultural activities and social events designed to introduce you to Wilkes University and American culture.