Wilkes University


Washington Monthly Ranks Wilkes University Among Top National Schools

Wilkes is ranked 156th nationally and 228th in the northeast for best bang for the buck.

Wilkes University is once again among the nation's top colleges and universities included in Washington Monthly's annual rankings of higher education institutions based on what they are doing for the country. Wilkes is ranked 156th in the national universities category, based on the number of doctoral degrees awarded. Wilkes is the highest ranked in this category in the region.

Wilkes is also included in the best bang for the buck ranking, which measures schools that help students pursue a marketable degree at an affordable price. The ranking is based on multiple factors, including affordability for non-wealthy students, graduation rate, the percentage of first-generation students and student earnings after graduation. Wilkes ranked 228 of 397 institutions in the northeast.

In May, Wilkes was recognized by the Brookings Institution for helping students to be able to improve their economic standing and income after graduation. In the study, Wilkes was ranked 14th overall among all colleges and universities and sixth among selective four-year private colleges and universities of its size for helping students from middle-class families raise their income level over previous generations.

Washington Monthly ranks schools based on three categories: social mobility, research and service. Considerations include the recruiting and graduating of low-income students, each school's track record of producing cutting-edge scholarship, degree holders who go on to earn research doctoral degrees and how schools encourage students to give back to the country through service. Each factor has equal weight.

In this year's first-year class at Wilkes, 45 percent of students will be the first in their families to pursue a bachelor's degree, and 40 percent are PELL grant eligible, the federal aid program reserved for the most financially needy students. In addition, 22 percent of the students in the incoming class are expecting a family contribution of zero dollars. Wilkes also boasts a 96 percent job placement rate.