Academic Advisors

 Contact: Dr. Jonathan Ference, Associate Provost of Student Success

Academic advisors are crucial to helping students develop a holistic comprehension of what their baccalaureate degrees will symbolize. Academic advising is the principal means for Wilkes to help students develop a coherent, comprehensive understanding of their educational experiences. Beyond fulfilling requirements and accumulating credits, students should have a grasp of what their Wilkes education means — from its core in the arts and sciences to the essential characteristics of the major.

All first year students at the University are assigned to faculty advisors from their chosen academic department. Undeclared students are assigned advisors from University College. Prior to each registration period, and at any other time during the year when there is some concern regarding course progression or departmental procedure, a conference with your advisor should be arranged. While advisors serve as resources for guidance, students bear the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that they meet the requirements for the degree.

Cooperative Education and Internship Program

Contact: Sharon Castano, Director

Since cooperative education is a credit-granting program, normal tuition policies are
followed during the fall and spring semesters. Tuition costs for the summer sessions will
be one-half of the current tuition rates. Registration for credit must occur in the semester
that that Coop or Internship hours and duties are performed. It is a 10-week floating-semester credit-bearing program. 
The program is open to students of the University who meet the following requirements:
· Undergraduate student
· Sophomore class standing or above
· Minimum 2.00 to 2.25 grade point average, depending upon major; some employers may have higher GPA requirements
· Permission of the student's advisor and department chairperson approval
of the internship prior to placement modifications of any internship requirements for credit must be previously approved in writing (email) and registered by the Cooperative Education Office.

After the Advisor and Chair approval, to register, please use this link:  and under Classes, choose the third link Register for an Internship. This form needs to be started by students and then all will approve.  

All interested students should contact at the Cooperative Education Office at the Center for Career Development and Internships, (Rear 236 S. River St, ext. 2950) as early as possible to facilitate the internship registration process. Also, visit for all internship orientation and assignments/forms. 

Washington Semester Program

Contact: Phil Ruthkosky, Ph.D., Associate Dean 

As part of an Inter-institutional Agreement with American University, Wilkes students can spend a semester in Washington, D.C. in a full credit program consisting of supervised seminars, a highly competitive internship and a final research project or elective. Upon successful completion of the Washington Semester Program, students earn 12-16 American University credits (depending on program choice) that can be transferred to Wilkes. Students can choose among 13 distinct semester programs including American Politics, Economic Policy, Foreign Policy, Int'l Business and Trade, Int'l Environment and Development, Journalism, Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Law and Transforming Communities. Students participating in the program will be billed at the Wilkes tuition rate and may be eligible for a scholarship from American University. Wilkes institutional aid will not apply. 


  • Must be second semester sophomore - senior
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Approval from academic advisor 

For more information please contact 408-4018 or visit

Study Abroad

Contact: Dr. Andreea Maierean, Coordinator of Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an experience that will change your world view, enhance your professional profile, and will be lots of fun. Wilkes University has several exchange programs that allow students to study abroad at the same cost as attending Wilkes University.  There are also short-term summer and January-term study abroad opportunities, as well as many Wilkes faculty-led experiences abroad. See programs listed at:

Steps to prepare to study abroad:

  • Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Director, Dr. Andreea Maierean to explore options
  • Discuss your study abroad course options with your academic advisor 
  • Contact the Director of Financial Aid to find out how to apply financial aid to study abroad costs
  • Apply for external and internal awards for study abroad
  • Revisit the Study Abroad Director with final choices and get appropriate forms
  • Allow yourself 6 to 9 months for the application process

Library Services

Contact: John Stachacz, Dean of the Library and Information Technology

Telephone:  (570) 408-4250 

Eugene S. Farley Library 

The Eugene S. Farley Library, named in honor of the first president of Wilkes University, is located on the corner of South Franklin and West South Streets. Itis one of the largest resource libraries in the region, with more than 175,000 volumes of books and bound journals, 340,000 electronic books, over 60 journals and newspaper subscriptions, 84,000 full text online journals, microforms, instructional audio-video materials, and a growing collection of classic films on DVD. The library has fine collections in English and American literature, history, the sciences, and mathematics, and sizable collections in other academic disciplines reflected in the University curriculum.

Also housed in the library are the University Archives, four special collections, rooms, and a SMART classroom. Students have access to 82 desktop computers, thirty wireless laptops and forty iPads that can be used anywhere within the libraries wireless environment. Farley Library is home to the Alden Learning Commons, a technology rich learning environment that has four enclosed group study rooms, twenty open group study areas that can accommodate groups of one to six students, the University Writing Center, and the Information Technology Computer Clinic and Help Desk.

Library hours during the academic year are from 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Sunday. The Alden Learning Commons is opened on a 24/7 basis and is accessible to faculty and students via an University ID swipe card system. Patrons can get research help via SMS text message from any mobile phone via the library’s Text A Librarian reference service. Summer sessions and holiday hours, as well as any changes to the regular library schedule, are posted at the library entrance and on the library Website. Library services are available online 24/7 at

Telephone: (570) 408-4250

Farley Library Regulations:

    1. Use your valid Wilkes University I.D. card to obtain library privileges.
    2. You are responsible for all materials charged out on your identification card. A valid Wilkes I.D. enables Wilkes University students to borrow books year-round at Misericordia University, Keystone College, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, and the University of Scranton.
    3. Books circulate for one month. Renewals may be made in person, by telephone, or online from the patron access area of the Farley Library catalog –Sierra. A book may be renewed once. DVDs circulate for three days (no renewal). Charges are levied for all overdue and damaged materials. Failure to pay fines or to return borrowed materials will result in denial of transcripts until fines are paid and materials returned.
    4. Periodicals, journals, reference materials, and microform materials do not circulate. Reference materials, periodicals, and journal articles in print and microfilm format may be photocopied in accordance with the provisions of the U.S. copyright law.

    5.To provide an optimum environment for study, all cellular phones and pagers must be kept on silent alert (vibration or visible flash) while in the library.

    1. The University reserves the right to refer for disciplinary action patrons who have violated Library policy.

Farley Library Services:

    1. Reference Assistance: Professional staff is available for assisting students in their research endeavors.
    2. Library Orientation: Group library orientation can be arranged for students upon request.
    3. Bibliographic Instruction: Specific instruction in the use of library collections and reference tools is available for students upon request of the instructor.
    4. Interlibrary Loan: This service is provided for students, faculty, and staff to supplement research needs. Inquire at the Reference Department for details.
    5. Media Services: Media staff will have audiovisual equipment needed for classroom usage delivered to sites on campus. At least a 24-hour notice is required. Videos and DVDs may be reserved one week in advance of the expected need. The Library Media Room (Room 002) is also available, on a first-come, first-served basis, for classes or events.
    6. Reserve Materials: Collateral course reading materials placed on reserve by faculty are maintained at the Circulation Desk.
    7. Photocopying facilities for printed materials and micro materials are available in the library. A color copier is located on the first floor. Users are reminded to observe the restrictions placed on photocopying by the U.S. copyright law. The law and interpretive documents are available at the Circulation Desk.
    8. Online searching of auxiliary databases is available by appointment through the Reference Department to support faculty research.

Music Collection 

Darte Hall, on the corner of South River and West South Streets, houses a separate collection of music scores and recordings. For information about accessing materials housed in the music collection, call (570) 408-4420 or 1-800-WILKESU Ext 4420


Computer Facilities 

Wilkes University has numerous microcomputer and internet access facilities available for student use. Students also have the option of accessing the Internet via the campus-wide data network from network jacks in many campus residence hall rooms and a number of wireless areas throughout campus. (Students must provide their own microcomputer and software for this type of access). 

Music Practice Rooms 

Contact: Maryellen Sloat, Division of Performing Arts Office Assistant

A limited number of music practice rooms are available in Darte Hall. These rooms are generally reserved for those students participating in ensembles or taking private music instruction from University or conservatory faculty. Because of the heavy enrollment in these courses the University is unable to make these rooms available to students who are not enrolled in these curricular offerings.

Students eligible to use these rooms are assigned a key for the practice room through the Division of Performing Arts. Since more than one student is assigned to a practice room it is expected that students will cooperate and work out compatible practice times. Failure to return the key to the practice room at the conclusion of the semester will result in the assessment of a fine and an account hold being placed that precludes the release of the official transcript of the work done at the University. 

Computer Facilities 

Wilkes University has numerous microcomputer and internet access facilities available for student use. Students also have the option of accessing the Internet via the campus-wide data network from network jacks in many campus residence hall rooms and a number of wireless areas throughout campus. (Students must provide their own microcomputer and software for this type of access). 

Pre-Law Advising

Contact: Kyle Kreider, Ph.D., Professor

There is no pre-law major at Wilkes because law schools do not require (or even recommend) any particular major. What law schools do recommend is a strong liberal arts curriculum including courses that require writing and analytical skills. Many of the types of courses that law schools look for are already required as part of the general education curriculum at Wilkes, courses such as English composition, philosophy, political science, and other social sciences. 

In order to be well prepared for law school, we recommend that you go beyond the requirements of the general education curriculum and take additional courses that will help you develop writing and analytical skills. In addition, we recommend that you take at least one course in logic and/or rhetoric by the end of your junior year. Your academic advisor, in conjunction with your pre-law advisor, will be able to help you select an appropriate curriculum. 

You should make an appointment to see a University pre-law advisor at Wilkes some time during your freshman year and stay in touch with the him/her periodically throughout your years at Wilkes. The pre-law advisor is a good source of information and advice about law school. Staying in touch with your pre-law advisor and joining the pre-law club will help you stay informed about pre-law events at Wilkes, including visits by law school Admissions Officers, visits to law schools and other law-related activities. Dr. Kyle L. Kreider is the University's Coordinating Pre-Law Advisor and can be reached at 408-4473 and

Classroom Utilization After Hours

Students requiring access to an academic space—classroom, lab, art studio, etc—must secure permission from a supervising faculty member to have access after hours. Faculty can share those names with Public Safety at the beginning of the semester. Access will then be granted to students via their University ID card.

Learning Center

Contact: Katy Betnar, Director of the Learning Center

The University College Academic Support Program provides comprehensive academic support services to promote undergraduate student academic excellence and success.
Students engage in active learning, reflection, and collaboration through academic support services that teach foundational skills/strategies and promote independence
to achieve academic, personal, and lifelong success. Services include individual peer tutoring in a wide range of subjects, small group tutoring, and supplemental instruction (SI) for selected courses. Students can meet with a professional learning specialist to further develop individual study skills including time management, note-taking, goal setting/motivation, and test preparation. 

Intensive English Program

Contact: Dr.  Kimberly Niezgoda , Director of IEP Services

English Language Center

The Wilkes University English Language Center offers an assortment of programs to meet the varying needs of adult English-language learners.

You will find our programming challenging and enjoyable, and our classes and curriculum demanding and fun. Develop critical thinking, academic and professional skills as you learn from teachers who are well trained, highly experienced, and truly dedicated to their students. Advance your skills and learn to succeed in an English-speaking and multicultural world.


The Wilkes University English Language Center provides English for academic and professional programming which supports the core Wilkes values of mentorship, scholarship, diversity, innovation and community.

We aim to:

  • provide state-of-the-art, individualized English language instruction to meet learners’ language, cultural, and professional goals;
  • empower students to successfully function in English in a multicultural and diverse world;
  • serve Wilkes University faculty and departments, by providing programs which meet the needs of their English learning students;
  • provide highly qualified faculty who encourage academic success and provide leadership in the areas of intercultural understanding and cooperation.

Our Programs

Learn the English language and advance your studies at an American university with Wilkes University’s Intensive English Program.

Our Intensive English Program immerses international students in the study of the English language and American culture. Courses are designed to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, preparing you to enroll at Wilkes University or another American university in as little as one semester of coursework. 

Our program has been recognized among the best in the United States. In addition to various accreditations, Wilkes is a member of UCIEP, the highest standards organization of intensive English programs. Of nearly 800 programs nationwide, Wilkes is among just 80 schools to receive such recognition.

The University Preparatory Program teaches you English and so much more.

You’ll develop the skills that will equip you to succeed in U.S. university study—and in life. 

The one-semester University Preparatory Program, offered on campus or online, provides international students with the necessary skills and strategies needed to effectively transition and succeed in college. UPP lets you expand and refine your language and academic skills while fostering the appreciation of educational growth and diversity necessary to contribute to the global learning community.

With the UPP, you will:

  • attend the 15-week program on campus or online;
  • earn 12 credits toward your bachelor’s degree;
  • learn the English language and advance your written and oral communication skills;
  • prepare for American university study, including critical thinking, writing and study skills;
  • immerse yourself in the culture of an American university.

Special Programs

The English Language Center provides specially designed programs for groups, including a variety of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), short-term academic, and teacher training programs.

We can create tailored English-language instruction programs for:

  • government agencies
  • educators
  • corporations
  • non-governmental organizations


The mission of the Wilkes University English for Specific Purposes programs is to conduce needs assessments to provide participants the necessary English skills and strategies in listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary to succeed in their professions. The ESP Programs at Wilkes University specifically aim to address learners’ needs through innovative teaching methods, providing highly relevant content material and activities, and immersing students in the language needed to expand upon, and refine, core knowledge and skills, to successfully participate in the global community in English.

ESP Programs Outcomes

  • Develop critical thinking and analysis in written and oral communication.
  • Improve understanding of specialized content and technical vocabulary in English by engaging with top professionals in the field.
  • Develop advanced grammatical structures in spoken and written specialized
  • Improve reading, writing and research skills in area of expertise.
  • Develop skills needed to comprehend and communicate in area of expertise in
  • Provide opportunities to audit content area classes in field of expertise.

Writing Center 

Contact: Chad Stanley, PhD., Assistant Professor 

The Writing Center, located in the Farley Library's Alden Learning Commons, is a resource for all members of the Wilkes community. Students, faculty, and staff may use the Writing Center free of charge on a drop-in, referral, or appointment basis. The Center's staff is composed of experienced undergraduate writers, majoring in various disciplines, who assist writers working on projects from content areas across the curriculum. Our consultants do not accept papers dropped off for copy editing but instead engage in one-to-one dialog with clients about their writing. They can offer strategies for generating ideas, establishing a focus, finding an authorial voice, revising, and final editing for mechanics and grammar. Clients may also take advantage of handouts from the Writer's Wall and the Writing Center's library of print resources, including a variety of readers, reference materials, handbooks, and style sheets. Much of this material, as well as links to recommended internet sites, can be found on the Center's web page.

The Writing Center is open weekdays during the hours posted on the web site. Appointments may be made by calling extension x2753 or by dropping by the Center. In addition, writers who cannot physically come to the Center may submit texts online here.

Clients can expect a response within forty-eight hours of the time of submission. For additional information, please contact the Director of the Writing Center at x4514.