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New Student Orientation


Welcome To Wilkes!

I speak on behalf of the entirety of Wilkes University when I say we are overjoyed at your joining of our Colonel Family. This is now your home away from home! And, with any new home, OF COURSE you need an awesome house-warming party! That’s where we come in — your E-mentors. Our job is to make your arrival to Wilkes be smooth, social, informative, and (of course) fun! The Orientation Team is putting together a fantastical Orientation for you to get familiar with Wilkes and have a taste of what’s to come, and your E-mentors are just itching to meet you!

Take time during Orientation to get comfortable, get social, and take in everything! We are here to show you the success you are destined to obtain. So begins your most influential, formative, eye-opening, challenging, rewarding, and all-around amazing four years.

I foresee us meeting in the near future, and I cannot wait! My magic 8-ball says you’re going to love it here.

Donald Ballou
Student Orientation Coordinator


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About Student Orientation

Orientation is a vital part of your college experience and prepares you with all of the tools you will need when you set foot on campus for the first time as a Wilkes University Colonel this August! During Orientation, here will be opportunities to meet other classmates in small groups and with your academic advisor, as well as to learn about campus services and activities. Of course, there will also be a lot of time for fun!



Orientation will be hosted as a face-to face, on-campus, one-day experience. Students will have their choice to attend one of six sessions.


2021 Orientation Sessions

  • Wednesday, July 7
  • Thursday, July 8
  • Friday, July 9
  • Monday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 13
  • Wednesday, July 14


Student Life


Student Experience

Wilkes University provides a vibrant and thriving campus community

Wilkes student athlete


At Wilkes, coaches emphasize academics first, as well as fostering leadership skills and community service work.


Around the Region

Wilkes University is located in the perfect spot—within a few hours of major cities, within minutes of fun activities.

Stark Learning Center

Take a Hike

Explore the Seven Tubs Natural Area waterfalls - one of the many beautiful scenic destinations here in Northeastern Pennsylvania!

Stark Learning Center

Move-in Day

What does Move-in Day look like at Wilkes? We can't wait to welcome you to your home for the next academic year!

Back to school shopping

Back to School Shopping

So what should you bring to school in a few weeks? No worries - Caroline and Scott explain it all.

Stark Learning Center

Dorm Hall Crawl

Get a backstage pass into our beautiful residence halls. When you live on the Wilkes campus, you have so many options!


Grab a Coffee

Let Wilkes student Caroline be your guide to all things Wilkes. Grab a coffee at Starbucks, which is right on campus.


Wilkes Unvirsity Walking Tour


Our compact, 35-acre campus blends stately mansions with state-of-the-art facilities in a historic downtown neighborhood.


Virtual Tour

Explore hot spots on our interactive map and watch videos featuring current students.


Walking Tour

See all that Wilkes University has to offer with a walking tour of our beautiful campus with Richard.




Explore Orientation


Civic Engagement

As members of the Wilkes family, we encourage students to participate in community service. Every year, Wilkes students contribute more than 29,000 hours of service in 100 local agencies and programs.


Clubs & Activities

Getting involved in a club or organization could be one of the highlights of your time on campus. Wilkes University offers 80+ clubs and activities, stay connected and have some fun in the process.


Health & Wellness

Our COVID-19 task force, encompassing professionals from every area of our University, has been hard at work developing the appropriate campus protocols that will be required of us in fall.


Discover NEPA

Our region is home to numerous ski resorts, concert venues, 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.


Residence Life

Wilkes University offers a variety of housing options for our residential student population, ranging from traditional halls to apartments to mansions.



The Wilkes University Bookstore at Barnes & Noble is your one stop shop for textbooks, software, supplies, and Wilkes gear.


Academic Life

Personal Attention at Wilkes

Personal Attention

Professors, staff, coaches and student mentors know you by name and are dedicated to helping support you.

Research at Wilkes


Larger schools reserve research opportunities for postgraduates only - not Wilkes.

Career Center at Wilkes

Career & Internships

At Wilkes University, planning for successful outcomes begins the very first year.


Our Team

The First Year Student e-Mentoring Program eases the transition of new students to college and provides a supportive environment for academic success and personal growth. The program helps each new student connect with peers, upperclassmen, and the institution as a whole. A First Year Student e-Mentor is a full-time undergraduate student who leads a group of approximately 15-25 new students throughout the first semester of their career at Wilkes University, beginning at summer Orientation and concluding at the end of the fall semester.

Katherine Emereus

Political Science

I came to Wilkes not knowing what the campus was like or even the community, but it was one of the best choices I’ve made

Long Le

Long Le


The reason of why I chose Wilkes is because of the connections and relationships that you can make with students, faculty and staff.

Angelina Belotti

Angelina Belotti

Business Management

Although I am a commuter, I still feel like I live on campus. Wilkes has many great clubs, sports and people to help make you feel at home.

andrew kovalick

Andrew Kovalick


I chose Wilkes University because of their Biology Department. The professors care for the students and want them to succeed and reach their future goals.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are all first-year students required to attend an Orientation session?

Orientation is an important part of acclimating to life at Wilkes University. Students meet with their advisors, learn about being a resident or commuter student, make their fall schedule and so much more. We host multiple sessions to meet the needs of as many students as possible. Students should make every effort to be in attendance.

Who should I contact with allergy, physical, or any other accommodations?

Please contact orientation@wilkes.edu or call 570-408-4014 with any accommodations that will be needed for welcome weekend as soon as possible.

What if I cannot attend either Orientation date?

Orientation is a very important part of getting acclimated to the University atmosphere. Students will learn a lot of valuable information in this short time-span. If students absolutely are unable to attend any of the summer orientation sessions, they should contact orientation@wilkes.edu or call 570-408-4014.

Do families have to attend Orientation?

Although it is not required, it is strongly suggested parents/guardians attend Orientation. There is a whole track geared towards the interests of families so they can support their first year student.

When will I get my Wilkes ID?

You will upload your ID picture through your orientation to do list on the student portal, but you will not receive your ID until Welcome Weekend.