Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
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Wilkes University is a private institution in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1933 as a satellite campus for Bucknell University and became independent in 1947. In 1990, it received university status and its current name. The campus is in downtown Wilkes-Barre and includes eight academic buildings and nine administrative buildings. The buildings are closely grouped, with most of the buildings located on a single city block, making it easier for students to navigate the campus. Wilkes University offers over a dozen graduate programs a variety of undergraduate majors. The academic programs are offered through seven schools and colleges, including the Passan School of Nursing.

Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs. The undergraduate programs include BSN, accelerated BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN. Students with a BSN may enroll in the accelerated MSN or standard MSN program. The university also offers an RN to MSN program and a DNP program. These programs are accredited by the CCNE and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners. Students enrolled in the accelerated or traditional BSN programs receive training at clinical sites in the area. The university maintains partnerships with hospitals and agencies throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, students have to arrange their own transportation. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students5,545
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 16 76
Master's degree 8 41
Doctor's degree - professional practice 3 27
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1937 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/07/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/14/1998 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/14/1998 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1220
ACT21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$996/credit
In State Students$996/credit
Out of State Students$996/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,044/credit
In State Students$1,044/credit
Out of State Students$1,044/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $44,820 $44,820 $44,820
ADN 70 $69,720 $69,720 $69,720
BSN 125 $124,500 $124,500 $124,500
FNP 50 $52,200 $52,200 $52,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Wilkes University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 38% $4,471
Other Federal Grant 7% $831
State Grant & Scholarships 48% $3,689
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 95% $18,484
Federal Student Loans 80% $5,584
Private Loans 28% $12,934


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$22,117
$30,001 to $48,000$22,366
$48,001 to $75,000$25,372
$75,001 to $110,000$26,241
Over $110,000$31,520

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

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