Wilkes is an institution singularly focused on student success. I see it every day – from the professors who take the extra time to collaborate on research to the advising staff who carefully craft learning experiences for our students. Mentoring is embedded in the Wilkes DNA. Even upperclassmen become mentors as they welcome freshmen in our award-winning E-mentor Program.
That’s just one of the qualities that I’ve learned makes Wilkes unique. As a small
institution, Wilkes exudes a family atmosphere. Yet our five colleges offer a program
mix consistent with much larger universities. Our relatively small size enables us
to provide a very personalized education.
That means not only a rigorous classroom environment but also plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. For instance, our English students tutor women at the local Domestic Violence Service Center, and engineering majors installed a solar-powered generator in a remote Bangladesh school.
The people associated with Wilkes University really care. These include everyone from 75-year-old Eddie, who works in the mailroom and bleeds blue and gold as he cheers on our athletic teams, to one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Del Lucent, who graduated from Wilkes and came back here to teach after earning his doctorate in physics at Stanford University.
Wilkes is a place where a nursing major can play football. And it’s where during spring break you are as likely to find our students helping rebuild storm-ravaged homes as lying on a beach.
These qualities -- a total commitment to student success, a great program mix in a small university setting, and a caring community – are just part of what we call “being Colonel.”
Wilkes University President
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