The Student Development Office enhances student life by offering leadership programs, experiential education opportunities, and a variety of extracurricular and social activities designed to complement students’ classroom education. A few of the programs offered include the Cultural Series, Wilkes Adventure Education (WAE) programming, and the Weekend Entertainment Series. The Cultural Series introduces students to the world of art and performance by providing opportunities for students to experience visual art, music, theatre, and dance, both locally and in larger metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The WAE program provides an alternative learning experience designed to challenge students to engage in physically demanding activities such as hiking, biking, yoga, and rock climbing. Students can also serve as WAE facilitators, providing practical leadership tools, lessons on teamwork and experience leading team-building activities. The Weekend Entertainment Series gives students a variety of low-cost entertainment options to choose from each weekend, including bowling passes to the local bowling lanes and movie tickets to Movies 14.
An active Student Government, together with campus clubs and special interest organizations, also provides an array of activities to enrich student life outside the classroom. Student Government and Wilkes University recognize more than 60 clubs and campus organizations. The University requires that clubs and organizations be open to all students; consequently, groups that are exclusive do not exist on the Wilkes campus.
Volunteer action and community and civic engagement are the cornerstone of the Wilkes Mission and of the University’s rich student life tradition. Thus, eligibility for Student Government funding requires that all recognized clubs and organizations be involved actively in community engagement. Community and civic engagement and curricular community engaged learning activities are coordinated by the Office of Civic Engagement, which maintains a current list of community partners.
An Inter-Residence Hall Council, an Off-Campus Wilkes Liaison (OWL) council, and a Commuter Council organize activities for undergraduate students, and the University Programming Board oversees a full schedule of social and cultural events at the University.
Student publications include the Beacon, a weekly student newspaper published during the academic year, the Manuscript, an annual journal of original student art, poetry, and fiction, and the Amnicola, the University student yearbook.
The University also maintains a television station and WCLH, an FM radio station that is operated by students; WCLH broadcasts daily at 90.7 MHz.