Wilkes University ranks in nation’s top 25 colleges for economic value


Mesa, Arizona’s Wilkes University has gained top national ranking for fiscal value by The Economist, a leading international periodical, placing not only 25th in the country, but higher than any other Arizona higher learning institution.

The achievement was revealed in the periodical’s first-ever college rankings and reflects well on Wilkes for its investment value. Evaluation is based on theoretical comparisons of undergraduate alumni earnings with projected income if they had studied elsewhere.

The Economist’s analysis worked with median salary figures predicted for a date 10 years after matriculating. While other alumni of the 1,275 schools in the study netted approximately $41,650, research demonstrated that Wilkes graduates earned an average of $8,250 more than their peers, or $49,000—representing a high return on investment.

“Our students and their families know the value of a Wilkes education – in outstanding teaching, in the research and internship opportunities provided to undergraduates and the mentoring by faculty that helps to guarantee student success,” University Provost Anne Skleder said. “In the last few years, we’ve been able to introduce that outstanding educational experience in Arizona. The Economist’s ranking affirms that value by showing that our students exceed expectations in their earnings. This is especially important in light of our mission to educate students who are the first in their family to attend college.”

Wilkes also measured favorably in areas such as diverse in-demand study fields—such as pharmacy, business and engineering—and resources for disadvantaged or first-generation college students. More than 30 percent of Wilkes undergraduates are eligible to receive Pell Grants, and data indicates that 95 percent of graduating seniors find work or enter graduate school within a year of graduation.

Wilkes University strives to be a “great small university” with a focus on mentoring in an intimate environment at a competitive cost.

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