The Path to Success: WilkesEDGE™

Wilkes is committed to providing students with the opportunities of a large research institution in the caring, intimate environment of a small private university. The Wilkes Educational Gateway to Excellence (WilkesEDGE™) enhances this experience by providing additional opportunities for learning and growth during a student’s first year.

WilkesEDGE™ is a program offered to select students to help support the transition from high school to college. Fewer courses during the first semester, combined with increased advisement and support services, creates a pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

A WilkesEDGE™ program mentor and academic advisor will work with students on an appropriate class schedule, dedicated study time and specific support services. Support services continue into the second semester, when a flexible, personalized learning plan is designed to accommodate each student’s academic progress as credits increase. This ramp-up means students can ease into their college experience while remaining focused on graduation plans.

To accommodate a lighter schedule during the first semester, two courses are required during winter or summer sessions. These courses are no additional cost and can be taken at the student’s discretion and under advisement of their academic advisor.

Students in WilkesEDGE™ benefit from:

  • a lighter course schedule during their first semester;
  • a dedicated WilkesEDGE™ program mentor;
  • regular meetings with academic advisors;
  • guaranteed campus employment;
  • personal financial aid advisor;
  • mandatory study sessions;

The greatest benefit of all? WilkesEDGE™ is delivered at no additional cost.

WilkesEDGE™ is available to both residential and commuting students.

How do I participate?

To see if you qualify for WilkesEDGE™, or to discuss the program in more detail, please contact:

Mrs. Katy Betnar
EDGE Program Coordinator
Conyngham Hall 202