Accreditation & Rankings

For more than 80 years, Wilkes University has been dedicated to the success of our students through academic excellence, educational access and increasing the return on their investment. Many renowned organizations have recognized our commitment. Read on for our national rankings, recognitions and accreditations. 


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSC)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*

National Rankings and Recognitions

The Princeton Review — Best Northeastern College 

U.S. News & World Report — Top Ranked University for 16 Consecutive Years, Ranked Nationally Since 2019

Brookings Institution — Top 10% Ranked Institution Nationally for Graduate Earnings Institution 

The Economist — Ranked 25th in the Nation for Economic Value

Washington Monthly – Top Ranked Institution in Northeast Pennsylvania


*The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master’s degree in nursing/doctor of nursing practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

  • CCNE accreditation badge
  • Brookings Institution Top 10% badge
  • 16 Consecutive Years Top Ranked University badge
  • Military Friendly School badge