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Wilkes University Recognized in National Rankings

by Gabrielle D'Amico

Wilkes University is once again ranked among top national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges ranking of American colleges and universities. In the 2022 edition, Wilkes is ranked 213 among 391 national universities. This is the eighteenth consecutive year that Wilkes has been ranked and its third year as a national university.

New in 2022 is the U.S. News and World Report ranking of Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Wilkes ranks 388 of 694 institutions. In 2021, Wilkes conferred 236 total nursing degrees, including 91 at the bachelor’s level. In addition:

  • Wilkes ranked for social mobility, which measures how well schools educate and graduate students who receive Pell grants, the federal aid program reserved for the most financially needy students.
  • Wilkes was recognized among “A+ Schools for B Students” which looks at schools in the top three-fourths of their ranking category and their average first-year student retention rate.
  • Wilkes ranked 166 of 239 engineering bachelor’s-degree programs when considering institutions who do not offer doctoral degrees in the engineering field.

This is the third time in recent months that Wilkes has been recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, social mobility and returning value.

Recent rankings continue to recognize Wilkes University’s commitment to academic excellence, social mobility and returning value:

  • Washington Monthly: Wilkes ranked 184 among 391 national universities based on what they are doing for the country. Wilkes was also ranked in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking, which recognizes schools that help students pursue a marketable degree at an affordable price. Wilkes ranked 272 of 391 northeast institutions.
  • NICHE: Wilkes ranked in three categories: “Best Colleges in America” (573 out of 1,652), “Top Private Universities in America” (347 of 961 schools) and “Best Value Colleges in America” (415 of 1,601 schools). 
  • Princeton Review: Wilkes is one of 223 colleges named “Best in the Northeast” in 2022.
Wilkes nursing students
New this year is recognition for Wilkes University’s nursing programs.

In 2020, Wilkes was recognized by the Brookings Institution for helping students improve their economic standing and income after graduation. 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. 

U.S. News & World Report considers several factors in its ranking calculations, including academic profile, retention and graduation rates, financial resources and peer perception.

Wilkes jumped from a regional university to a national university after being named a doctoral university in the revised 2018 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The doctoral/professional university category includes institutions that award at least 20 research doctoral degrees or 30 or more professional-practice doctoral degrees. On average, Wilkes awards 150 doctoral degrees in pharmacy, nursing and education each year.

About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility. In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.

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