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First Year Student Housing

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Housing Information for First-Year Students

Welcome Class of 2018!

The information below is designed to answer any questions you might have about living on campus during your first year of college at Wilkes University.  If you have a specific question and cannot find the answer here, please feel free to contact us at (570) 408.4350(570) 408.4350 or reslife@wilkes.edu.

Please note that incoming first year students are required to either reside on campus or commute from their permanent home where they reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Those selecting on-campus living must fill out the 2014-2015 Online Housing and Dining Contract by June 1, 2014 (prior to the first orientation). Please note that students are contracted for housing and meal plans the full academic year.

In support of student wellness and adjustment to on-campus living, incoming first-year students are required to select the Colonel Gold or Colonel Gold Plus Plan for their first school year. Find out more about Dining Services on campus on the University’s website.

TO APPLY:  In May, you will be receiving a packet of information from Student Affairs. This packet will include information about freshman orientation, how to apply for housing, and a housing survey! 

ATTENTION: Incoming first-year students must apply for housing online by June 1, 2014 to receive full consideration for campus housing for 2014-2015 academic year. Contracts received after the deadline will be waitlisted for assignment. The $300 deposit paid to the University for Admissions already includes the deposit for housing as well.

Residence Halls & Amenities FAQs

What furnishings are provided?

Each student has:

  • 1 twin bed (mattress and box spring)
  • 1 desk
  • 1 desk chair
  • 1 dresser
  • 1 armoire if there isn’t a closet in the room

 Everything that a student finds in a room must stay in the room.  Furniture may not be moved from the room, as there are no available storage spaces.

What size are the mattresses in the residence halls?

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36"x80").  Extra-long sheets are the best choice to ensure a good fit! 

The Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items. Proceeds from this program go to the Inter-Residence Hall Council and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/wcp for more information! 

May Students have appliances?

The following appliances are permitted in our halls:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker (automatic)
  • Computer
  • Desk Lamp (non- halogen)
  • Fan
  • Microwave
  • Radio/ Stereo
  • Refrigerator (5.0 cu. Ft. maximum)
  • Television

Students are not permitted to bring the following:

  • Crock Pots
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heating coils
  • Mini grills
  • Toaster Oven 

Will students have Internet usage in their rooms?

We have either wireless network or a combination of wireless and ethernet ports in the residence halls.  Further information will be given to the student when they arrive on campus during Welcome Weekend! Each residence hall is equipped with wireless internet as well. 

Are phones available in each room? 

Phones are not provided; one of the residents must bring a phone for the room. The students have unlimited local calling.  In regards to long distance calls, students can use calling cards. In most cases, students use their cellular phones. 

Who does the cleaning?

Housekeepers are employed by the University to clean the common spaces: hallways, bathrooms, and lounges. Students should bring cleaning supplies if they have an apartment or a private bathroom.

Are there laundry machines available for student use?

Washers and dryers are located within the laundry rooms in the residence halls and they are free of charge!

Residence Hall Policies FAQs

Can I have visitors to my room?

Residential students are permitted to have visitors. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Only residents of the building can gain access with their ID card or front door key. Visitors must be escorted at all times and residents are fully responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Additional information about the visitation policy is available in the Student Handbook.

Can I have a pet in my room?

In order to maintain our facilities and manage air quality for students with allergies, pets (other than fish in a 10-gallon or smaller tank) are not permitted in the residence halls.

Are students allowed to smoke in the residence halls?

In support of student health and safety, smoking is strictly prohibited in all buildings on campus. Smoking outside of University buildings must be a minimum of 6 feet from any entrances.

Can I have a car on campus? Where can I park?

First-year students are permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. Students may park only in the lot assigned to them. Parking permits are required and applications will be available during Summer Orientation.  We suggest parking at Ralston Field your first year! 

Is there a living requirement?

Yes! All full-time undergraduate students of freshman and sophomore standing who do not commute from the home of their parent or legal guardian must reside on campus.  Students achieving junior class standing may reside off campus. A commutable distance is defined as being no greater than 50 miles away from campus.


Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities, by design, help to facilitate conversation and learning far beyond the traditional classroom setting and allow students to engage in profound discussion, dialogue, and meaningful interaction in the place where students spend the majority of their time—in the residence halls. Studies show that students who participate in learning communities, in general, and in living learning communities, in particular, have more frequent interactions with peers and faculty, higher classroom attendance rates, higher cumulative GPAs, a greater sense of engagement with the campus community, and higher participation rates in faculty and peer mentorship programs than their non-learning community peers. Living-Learning Communities promote a sense of “belonging”—to the campus, to others who share similar interests, and to the academic community of the University. Each Living-Learning Community has a dedicated Faculty Associate, who works closely with the course instructors and Resident Assistant to develop engaging extra- and co-curricular activities that expand and enhance learning in the associated courses.

Leadership harnesses the talents and imagination of the group to deal with the important issues of community, nation or world. This learning community is a unique opportunity for any student who has an interest in leadership. This learning community approaches leadership from the standpoint that anyone can effectively lead if they genuinely understand themselves, the situation, and the members of the group to be lead. For more information contact us via email at learning@wilkes.edu.

Requirements Students interested in this LC must be enrolled in the Leadership Studies FYF course. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment.

Newly formed, this unique community offers students an intercultural living environment that embraces all forms of diversity. Students will be encouraged to engage in dialogue about social justice, diversity, and inclusivity and develop tools to move beyond tolerance to understanding and empathy with people of different backgrounds or situation. For more information contact us via email at learning@wilkes.edu.  

Requirements Students interested in this LC must be enrolled in the Cross Cultural Dialogue FYF course. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment.

Wilkes University’s Sustainable Living-Learning Community (SLLC) is an on-campus student residence focused on environmentally sustainable living. The SLLC will serve as a classroom and laboratory in support of student leadership and stewardship as students focus on individual impact on the community, region, nation, and environment. Students accepted into the SLLC will commit to reducing the university's carbon footprint, serve as role models for other students, and take part in an active outreach program to promote sustainable practices on campus and in the local community. The SLLC will act as a tangible symbol of environmental responsibility for the Wilkes community and as further means to reduce the university’s carbon footprint as pledged in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The SLLC relies heavily on Wilkes students to reduce their impact on the environment by changing the way in which they live from day to day. Students play a pivotal role in shaping the SLLC program through their own ideas, improvements, and initiatives. 
Community members are obligated to duties, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

Evaluate strategies for reducing their carbon footprint in order to adopt new or improve upon current practices. Provide a working model of environmentally sustainable conservation that may then be expanded to other residence halls. Write reflective journals at each midterm and at the end of each term, which will address changes in consumption, overall attitudes, and future goals. Develop and implement educational outreach programs on campus and in the local community. Community members will be supported in all activities and responsibilities by the FYF instructor, the SLLC Faculty Associate, and the SLLC Resident Assistant.

Requirements Students participating in this Living-Learning Community must be enrolled in the “Topics in Urban Sustainability” FYF course. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment.


What is it like to create and manipulate models of molecules using computers? Or to use computers to travel through the human body, analyze patterns in music, or learn to model physical phenomena such as the spread of fires in the forest?

This course is intended to present the amazing role that computers play on learning and discovering science. Students will participate in discussion outside of the classroom that enhances concepts.
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