Planning Your Visit

About Our Campus

At Wilkes University, you’ll discover your future on a campus that melds the past and the present.

Our compact, 35-acre campus blends stately mansions with state-of-the-art facilities in a historic downtown neighborhood. Take a walk and enjoy some delicious cuisine from around the world. Visit the River Common Park for a jog, bike ride or picnic. Hop in the car and take advantage of the recreational activities available in the nearby Pocono Mountains — when you’re finished studying, of course.

Where Is Wilkes?

We’re located within a few hours’ drive from the biggest population centers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic:

  • Philadelphia – two hours
  • New York City – two hours
  • Syracuse – two and a half hours
  • Baltimore – three hours
  • Washington, D.C. – four hours
  • Boston – five hours
  • Pittsburgh – five hours

We’re easily accessible by car, bus or plane.

Surrounding Area

Located in the heart of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a city of about 40,000 people, Wilkes is in walking distance of a movie theatre, stores, restaurants, banks and businesses to keep you busy and serve your needs away from home. 

Our region is home to numerous ski resorts, concert venues, water parks and state parks when you’re ready for a road trip. Find out more about all the great things to eat, drink, see and do in and around Wilkes-Barre at DiscoverNEPA.

State-of-the-Art Learning

Of course, you’ll spend most of your college years on campus, and we’ve spent more than $100 million dollars to make sure our facilities exceed your expectations. New and recently updated facilities include:

Cohen Science Center

The Cohen Science Center is a monument to research and innovation. Housing the departments of Biology and Health Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, its state-of-the-art labs are designed for flexibility and interdisciplinary research. This promotes creative collaboration where students can work side-by-side with faculty mentors on sophisticated research equipment.

Mark Engineering Center

The new $8 million Mark Engineering Center houses state-of-the-art additive manufacturing laboratories, a 3-D visualization space, a high-performance computing lab and rooms for small-group collaboration. Flexible features in the labs adapt to accommodate various courses, and flat-screen televisions and other equipment provide full audio-visual capability.

Karambelas Media and Communication Center

The Karambelas Media and Communication Center houses the award-winning communication studies program, where students can collaborate across media disciplines. A fully equipped television studio and radio station WCLH broadcast daily and can be seen from the Campus Gateway are highlights. The building also includes offices for The Beacon newspaper and Zebra Communications student-run public relations agency.

Making Yourself at Home

If you choose to live on campus, Residence Life offers a wide range of residence halls for your campus living options. No matter where you hang your favorite posters, you’ll find a home away from home at Wilkes.