Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Reviews 565 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The only thing campus seems to stay strict on is campus parking.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In wealthier and more put together areas the atmosphere is great, but when you get too far into the ghetto it gets very dangerous.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The shuttle comes in handy for freshman with no cars but isn't very timely.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is pretty diverse. Other than a large white population, there is a lot of arabs and a decent amount of african americans.

3 College Junior

Computers: The number of computer access is great but network speed and availability is poor.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Wilkes does indeed have great on campus housing. The worst is probably the over populated Evans Hall, but that is expected at most universities/colleges in freshman dorms.

3 College Junior

Academics: My major: Communications with a concentration in Public Relations & Organizational Com. Students get a unique insight of the professional workforce in this major upon joining Zebra Communications, a student ran public relations agency with actual clients outside of the school.

3 College Junior

Academics: I would say there is a decent range of majors choices. The area lacking is probably the medical field being that the only choices are pre-med, nursing, and pharmacy. Professors are either great or terrible. The ones that tend to be terrible are ones that have been there too long, and are not enthusiastic about teaching anymore.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at Wilkes get attention, but they are for sure night the highlight of student activity. A campus that has a large attendance at sporting events, gives a better vibe, which Wilkes sure needs.

3 College Junior

Majors: My specific major is Communications with a concentration in Public Relations & Organizational. My major is unique because of the effort and time the departments professors put into their students. They work with their students instead of in the dark. It's a great major, and I encourage students to take a look at it.

3 College Junior

Majors: Right now I have a summer internship, that I obtained by myself. Our internship office offers average help with finding internships for students, other than that I would say professors and coaches help the most with their connections.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public Safety recently just stopped giving "safe rides" home to students who call in for them, even on campus. Walking home at night is always extremely dangerous and can become very inconvenient. Wilkes needs to up their job on keeping their students safe.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Wilkes University does have drug and alcohol policies, I've never had to deal with them firsthand. One of my roommates were escorted out of a school event, underage, and no consequences were ever reinforced.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing at Wilkes University is limited, therefor can be very expensive. Most of the time you are not getting your money's worth, just settling for a place and unsafe place to live.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Rodano's Restaurant and Bar, serves as a popular spot to grab a bite to eat for Wilkes University and Kings College students. At night it is the #1 bar in downtown Wilkes-Barre for a younger college crowd. They pay close attention to both school's schedules and always offer specials.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is local bars, plenty of entertainment (casinos, bowling, skiing/ or water parks in the summer.) There are also plenty of local eateries, book stores, and retail stores in walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Working at the Center for Global Education and Diversity I first hand experience a lot of the diversity on campus. Working with the international students is amazing. Most students on campus are very accepting. Most international students are from Saudi Arabia, and we are very encouraging to share cultural experiences and traditions. The multicultural clubs also put on events quite often.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received the aid that I needed. Wilkes is an expensive school but it is well worth the cost. Financial aid is willing to explain any situation to students. So I know what is going on financially, I am able to get the help I need to go to this great school. Which makes me happy everyday.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Wilkes University. One of the many reasons I choose this school. One of my professors explained this as Wilkes trying to be as inclusive as possible for all students, rather than being exclusive.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers to use on campus. Plenty of computers to use in academic buildings and dorms. My complaint would include the availability to print. Maybe have more printers accessible. The wireless internet connection is sometimes weak in the older mansions and other dorm buildings.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I believe that my campus has a very fair policy on most aspects. The only complaint I have as well as fellow students is parking. The school gives out more passes than available. Some spots on campus available to park are up to two miles away from campus. Commutes have a hard time finding parking, in turn can run late for class. Residents have a very hard time finding parking as well even if they pay the $120 fee each semester. The parking available in front of dormitories and most academic buildings is owned by the city and they are very very strict on ticketing.

2 College Freshman

Weather: In Wilkes-Barre it rains often. Which means you walk to classes in the rain, because their is no roofs on buildings. It can create an uncomfortable situation. It the Winter it's slippery with snow. In the summer it's very hot and a lot of the buildings don't have air conditioning.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The professors are very kind. If a student goes and visits the professor then the professor will help the student. If I was back in high school and choosing my college again. I would still love to attend Wilkes University. It's a small campus which is nice when going to classes. The engineering program is great at Wilkes University! The only concern I have about my finding a job in my field is that there are a lot of engineers in the world today.

4 College Freshman

Majors: My major does not have any application process. In order to get into engineering at Wilkes University the student must get accepted into the University.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are not many students that use drugs on campus. If a student is caught with drugs or alcohol public safety enforces the rules. Drugs and alcohol are not taken lightly on campus.


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Wilkes University
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Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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The overall experience reported by most Wilkes students is overwhelmingly positive. The outstanding mentoring environment, caring faculty, wide array of student activities, and some darn good academics overshadow the occasional blizzard and unfavorable happening on campus. The positive experiences had by students are backed up by Wilkes's positive retention rate, the percentage of people who start and finish at Wilkes. This means that people like the campus enough to hang around, rather than transfer out. Homecomings are bigger and better than ever, proving that the Wilkes experience was so positive, alumni love coming back to visit-and donating to the school. Finally, many Wilkes graduates return for a second Wilkes experience through the acclaimed MBA program or one of the other fine master's programs.

Hands-down, Wilkes is truly a school where undergrads get the full college experience. The campus is a beautiful place to be, a very green campus for an urban institution. The city of Wilkes-Barre has improved dramatically in the past few years, presenting tons of things for students to do off campus, but perhaps the asset most responsible for an overall positive experience is the mentoring environment fostered between students and faculty, students and alumni, students and administration and even students and students. At Wilkes, you feel truly cared about. And once you are gone, you are missed and remembered.

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