Wilkes University Viewbook 2022-2023

At Wilkes
At Wilkes
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We Know You’re Capable of Amazing Things

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Here, you’ll do them. This is an incubator for all you find interesting. A place with countless open doors for everyone willing to work hard. Where you’ll be asked one simple question above all else: What do you want to do?
Whatever it is, we’ll help you.
At Wilkes, you will.
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I’ve been on different research teams since freshman year, and those same professors have been my mentors the whole time.Right Quotes

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Mel Fouts hasn’t always considered herself a risk taker, but Wilkes has given her the confidence to become one. Moving away from her family in Missouri, taking on engineering, presenting her research nationally and feeling supported every time. With a passion for environmentalism and years of award-winning research before she even graduates, Mel is still deciding what’s next. She’ll be in a prime position for a job, but she’s crediting her professors for inspiring a possible run at grad school — to become a professor herself.
Environmentalist. Scientist. Engineer. Leader.

What does success mean to you?

Whether you’re the first in your family to go to college, you’re already set on a career path or you’re still figuring it out, Wilkes has a wealth of resources and opportunities to get you to where you want to go. What does success look like? That’s up to you.
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Ready to do real work?

We know.

Conduct research with faculty, study abroad, land an internship, start a business. At Wilkes, what you want to do is just the beginning. What you can do is everything else. You’ll gain real experience in your field from your first year on campus, and add to your resume before graduation.

Want to start your own business?

Do it.

Have you ever seen a waffle truck? That’s exactly what Wilkes students Billy Berry and Toon De Schepper had in mind when they masterminded their business idea. Now, their food truck, called All Belgium, is a Wilkes-Barre staple, and they’ve even launched a second truck in Chicago.
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Want to work with great educational minds?

At Wilkes, you will.

Your professors are your mentors, your supporters and your advocates. They’re brilliant — engaged in the biggest issues of today. They’re dedicated — to their field and to you. They work alongside students in their research, they’ll help you define your career path and they’re always at the forefront of their fields.
93 percent
of professors hold the highest degrees in their field, so you know you’re learning from the best.

Want to work on a supercomputer?

Be part of a team of students who conduct research with one of the most powerful academic supercomputers in the region. The result of a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the Wilkes Accelerated Research Learning and Outreach Cluster (WARLOC for short) is helping students break new ground in their work every day.
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We Know You’re Passionate

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What do you want to do? This is the place to do it.
It’s the perfect place to pursue what you’re passionate about and prepare for a successful career. You’ll have a campus of Colonels around you, and the city of Wilkes-Barre, and all of northeast Pennsylvania, to explore.
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It’s a beautiful location, but it’s the people that make it. Everyone is passionate, especially the faculty.Right Quotes

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Hera Mukhtar has wanted to be in health care her whole life. She fell in love with the Wilkes campus, but the professors and the opportunities available blew her away. Well on her way to being a primary care physician, she already has a conditional seat at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine through the Wilkes pre-med program. She has a clinical internship at the Guthrie Hospital, where she does research four days a week. And she’s also the president of Women Empowered by Science, where she works with middle school girls who are passionate about science. Her professors inspired her. Now she wants to inspire as many young women as she can.
Want to find your people? You will.

Happiness without compromise.

You’re here to earn your degree, but you’ll have fun too. You’ll find like-minded peers living on campus to collaborate and compete with, more than 80 clubs to join and opportunities to enhance your education.
$100 million
recently invested in our campus to enhance your experience
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This is an incubator for whatever you find interesting.

Situated on 35 acres in the middle of Wilkes-Barre, there’s no mistaking our campus. In this historic neighborhood where mansions meet riverbends, you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities, a supercomputer and even an art gallery. What’s even more diverse than the architecture? Everything students are doing. Where opportunity and experience meet support and mentorship, you have free rein to pursue what you’re passionate about.
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It’s Wilkes-Barre.
Not Wilkes-Barre.

Between the Pocono Mountains and the Susquehanna River is the city of Wilkes-Barre. You can debate the pronunciation (people do), but you can’t debate the character, history or opportunity. There’s easy access to ski resorts, state parks, restaurants, movie theaters and shops. There are businesses looking for interns, alumni waiting to connect and nature waiting to be explored. It’s a growing college town that we’re helping to build.
See what life at Wilkes is like.
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students living on campus
80 plus

clubs and organizations
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We Know You’re Willing to Work Hard

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That’s the Colonel way. Wilkes is open to all who show promise, without pretense. That means no matter where you are in your journey, we want to help make your education possible and set you up for a successful life. You’ll find a campus of Colonels working hard to earn their degree, and a network of Colonels working hard all around the world.
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It’s up to you to put the time and energy in. But the connections I’ve made here have really paved the way for me.Right Quotes

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Varsity goalie, president of Phi Beta Lambda (Future Leaders of America, the oldest and largest business organization) and corporate finance major. Nick Kinzler is the ultimate student-athlete. He says balancing both can be tough, but his teammates, coaches and professors help make it possible. Nick puts his leadership skills to the test on and off the field by competing in national PBL conferences (where he has brought home first place), running service events like Special Olympics bowling and interning at a law firm. He has his sights set on a career in sports finance, the perfect combination of his two passions.
From student-athlete to sports finance.

Access, without exception.

Our mission as an institution has been the same since our founding in 1933: preparing students for lifelong success. We’re committed to providing you with an education you’ll value for life. We’re dedicated to every student who’s willing to work hard. We’re open and accepting to all. And we always will be.

Willing to go the extra mile.

Colonels come from all over the world, but their conviction remains the same. Ambitious, dedicated and ready for what’s next, Colonels are known for their work ethic and passion. Not only are they willing to step up, they’re excited to. This is a campus of doers, who will support you on your pursuit every step of the way.
45 percent
of first-year Wilkes students are the first to pursue a degree in their family. You never need to feel intimidated here — Wilkes has nearly 90 years of experience supporting “firsts.”
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Where Colonels
call home.

Competing together. Cheering for one another. The spirit of Colonel athletics rings throughout campus. Whether you’re here to win a championship, stay active playing an intramural sport or become a die-hard fan, you’ll join over 500 other student-athletes on 23 varsity Division III teams.
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NCAA Division III sports


List of Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
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List of Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
of full-time students participate in athletics. You’re joining a campus of over 500 students who play on athletic teams.

We Know You’re Passionate

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What’s your goal? A dream internship? Law school or med school? A fulfilling career? Whatever it is, we know you’re ready. That’s why you’re here. And we’ll help you get there.
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Danny DeVito ’20 found his passion for design in high school, where he built his own brand creating art for his football team. What started as a hobby sparked a career path, first landing a freelance gig with the Seattle Seahawks and then an internship with the Washington Nationals during his time at Wilkes. Majoring in digital design and media art, he had free rein of the student-run Studio 20 design agency and interned with the Wilkes athletic department. All while building his network. Now, he’s in Los Angeles working as a senior associate at Fox Sports.
Look for his work on Fox Sports.
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Want to prepare for your future?

At Wilkes, you will.

What starts at Wilkes goes worldwide. Just as you can find students from 30 states and 16 countries here, you can find Wilkes alumni working hard in their fields all across the globe. As you build your resume and take on internships, co-ops and other experiences at the Center for Career Development, you’ll also prepare for life after college.

A global network of Colonels.

A global network of Colonels.

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Class of 2022 Stevie Burton
Mechanical engineering major Stevie Burton ’22 spent his time at Wilkes in the lab and doing research in his field. Now, he’s begun his career at Procter & Gamble.
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Class of 22 Leeann Mahalick
Leeann Mahalick ’22 is a PharmD student with a passion for helping people. After completing internships at a local hospital and a local long-term-care pharmacy, she is now in her first residency at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
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Hear directly from Wilkes graduates.

Whatever’s next, we’ll help you get there.

Our Career Gateway program helps you set successful career goals, establish priorities and provide direction. The Center for Career Development and Internships helps connect you through the Colonel alumni network and career fairs. You’ll learn to market yourself and your talents as you do real work and prepare for what’s next.
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Wilkes alumni worldwide
90 percent
of Wilkes students applying to medical schools are accepted
98 percent
job placement rate
Top 10 ROI
according to the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce
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Have any questions?

We’ve got answers.

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  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Actuarial Science*
  • Aerospace Studies*
  • Anthropology Concentration
  • Art History*
  • Biochemistry, BS
  • Biology, BA or BS
  • Cannabis Chemistry, BS
  • Chemistry, BA or BS
  • Communication Studies, BA
  • Computer Information
    Systems, BS
  • Computer Science, BA or BS
  • Computer Engineering*
  • Creative Writing*
  • Criminology, BA
  • Dance*
  • Digital Design and
    Media Art, BA or BFA
  • Earth and Environmental
    Science, BA
  • English, BA
  • Economics*
  • Energy Studies*
  • Environmental Policy*
  • Environmental Science, BS
  • Ethics*
  • Game and Emergent Technology*
  • Geology, BS
  • Global Cultures*
  • History, BA
  • Individualized Studies, BA or BS
  • International Relations, BA
  • Legal Studies*
  • Mathematics, BA or BS
  • Music*
  • Musical Theatre, BFA
  • Neuroscience, BS
  • Philosophy, BA
  • Physics, BA
  • Policy Studies*
  • Political Science, BA
  • Psychology, BA
  • Public History*
  • Sociology, BA
  • Spanish, BA
  • Sport Psychology*
  • Statistics*
  • Studio Art*
  • Sustainability Management*
  • Theatre Arts, BA
  • Theatre Design and
    Technology, BA
  • Women’s and Gender Studies*
  • Workplace Writing*
  • College of Business and Engineering
  • Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
    Accounting, BS
  • Business Analytics*
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Finance, BS
  • Financial Investments, BS
  • Hospitality Leadership, BS
  • Leadership Studies*
  • Management, BBA
  • Marketing, BBA
  • Sports Management, BBA
  • Engineering Programs
  • Civil Engineering, BS
  • Electrical Engineering, BS
  • Environmental Engineering, BS
  • Engineering Management, BS
  • Mechanical Engineering, BS
  • College of Health and Education
  • Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy, PharmD
    (Six-Year Guaranteed Seat)
  • Passan School of Nursing
  • Nursing, BSN
  • School of Education
  • Elementary and Early Childhood
    Education (Pre-K–4), BA
  • Middle Level Education (4–8), BA
  • Reading Education*
  • Secondary Education, BA
  • Special Education, BA
  • Special Education Certification
  • Programs
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-MBA
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • 4+1 BS/MS in Bioengineering
  • 4+1 BS/MS in Mechanical
  • 4+1 MBA
  • PharmD/MBA
  • ROTC
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96 percent
of first-time, full-time freshmen are awarded financial aid
Number 14
among all colleges and universities for helping students from middle-class families raise their income level, according to the Brookings Institution
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Want to see Wilkes for yourself?

You can take a virtual tour on our website, but nothing beats the real thing. Contact our Admissions Office to schedule a personalized tour and experience all Wilkes has to offer.

Office of Admissions

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You can apply to Wilkes directly from our website, or through the Common Application. If you have any questions at all, it’s quick and easy to get in contact with one of our admissions counselors.
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Helping you afford a Wilkes Education.
We’re committed to working with you and your family to make a Wilkes education a reality. We know applying for financial aid can be overwhelming, but our dedicated team is ready to help you wherever you are in the process.
learn more at:
wilkes dot edu forward slash financial aid
Types of Scholarships
Merit Scholarships
Named Scholarships
Leadership Scholarships
Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Performance Scholarships
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Whatever you want to do, we know you can.
And at Wilkes, you will.
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