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Location
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Undergrads
2,095
Tuition
$29,326
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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1 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are old and falling apart. The new science building is nice. Breiseth Hall is also not too bad. The mansions have minimal heat in the winter, and, you guessed it, no air conditioning in the spring or summer/beginning of fall. It gets extremely hot in almost every building.

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1 College Freshman

Facilities: Overall, i would give Wilkes University a 3/10.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is the best, it is probably the top hang out place for students it has a lot of computers and study areas, with an endless supply of resources. The campus frequently has activities such as casino night, haunted house, tours, etc.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: They offer ROTC which is the main reason that I came to this school, not many schools in PA offer that.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at Wilkes University are excellent. The basement of the library is now open 24/7 for all night access for late workers. Wilkes University is involved in several community service opportunities which is beneficial to both the community and extra credit chances.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 159th
    Best Student Centers
  • 378th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 382nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 436th
    Best Library
  • 457th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Hometown
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Major
Communications
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Wilkes University boasts some pretty decent facilities. But aside from the buildings themselves, the campus is spotless and in the nicer weather, the grass is always freshly manicured, the trees and shrubs are trimmed to perfection, the mulch is fresh, and the flowers are vibrant. This campus is kept up with, that's for sure. Many people will complain about the smell in the library (we think it is a result of the 1972 Agnes flood that devastated the whole Wyoming Valley). However, the library itself is a large, three-story building with a basement chock-full of materials from journals, magazines, and periodicals to books and microfilm. There are also DVDs and videos to rent. The library staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. The Henry Student Center, erected in 2000, is the hub of campus activity. The third floor houses the cafeteria and catering services, as well as several student service and student club offices. The second floor is home to the mailroom, several meeting rooms, the Leadership Training room, a lounge, the ballroom, and the community service, multicultural affairs, and campus interfaith offices. The second floor lounge area also has a huge atrium, overlooking the lower level. The lower level houses the Rifkin Café, the information desk, student government office, the student development/internship offices, game room (with juke box, foosball, and pool tables), and a little cozy area with a fireplace and couches. The University Center on Main now boasts some indoor athletic practice fields, as well as a ropes course for leadership training. This facility is very impressive.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
52
Campus Size
27 acres
Student Centers
Henry Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
ES Farley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The commuter lounge
  • The Greenway in warm weather
  • Rifkin Café
  • The Stark Lobby
  • The Student Center
  • Student Government office
  • The television studio
Bar on Campus
None, but there are four bars about a block from campus.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Einstein's
  • Rifkin Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • COB: Rare to hear it, but some profs and alumni may still call Breiseth Hall COB, for Classroom-Office Building. Before it was named, that was the nickname.
  • NEPA: Short for Northeast PA
  • SG: Student Government
  • The SUB: The Student Union Building
  • UCoM: The University Center on Main
Traditions
  • The Block Party: This event, held in April, is held on the campus Greenway. There is plenty of free food and usually some sort of live music. Activities are also held, and have included sumo-suit wrestling, inflatable bouncing games like the bungee walk and moonwalk, and other fun things.
  • Winter Weekend: Every year, usually in February, students form teams of 20 (10 guys and 10 gals) and compete against each other in spirit events, karaoke, and sporting events/relay races. Students come up with clever team names based on a decided theme, and in the past, themes have ranged from superheroes to Disney movies. Many people throw off-campus parties to celebrate the weekend.
Urban Legends
  • In Kirby Hall, a poker game supposedly went wrong and some say a ghost lives there now.
  • In Weiss, there was a fire that killed a little girl and now some say you can hear footsteps running up and down the steps.
Favorite Things To Do
Eat in Rifkin, play pool in the student center, play Frisbee or football on the Greenway Facilities for student use include: the Eugene S. Farley Library, the Henry Student Center, Annette Evans Alumni and Faculty House, Sordoni Art Gallery, Burns Alumni Bell Tower and Carillon, Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, President’s Home, Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center (with the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium), Ralston Field Athletic Sports Complex, Munson Fieldhouse, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 13% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 74% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 30% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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