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New Student Orientation

Welcome Colonels!

Congratulations on your milestone of graduating and embarking on this journey here at Wilkes University. I am pleased to be one of your first Wilkes welcomes to campus as I am excited to share this experience with you all. We have been working hard over the last four months to provide you all with the best Wilkes Orientation experience possible incorporating the necessary tools for you all to succeed in the Fall, fun social events for you to network with your peers and our E-mentors, and gain one- on-one personal interactions with our faculty and staff, all while maintaining the tradition of a Wilkes Orientation. Although this may not be the Orientation any of us expected, it by no means lacks in Colonel spirit! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

In blue and gold,

Alanah Guerrero
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!

Online Format

Orientation will take place in an online format. Over the five day span, sessions will be both live & interactive and will include recorded sessions from campus resources.

Orientation Sessions

  • Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Thursday, July 2, 2020 (Session I)
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 – Thursday, July 16, 2020 (Session II)

Student Life


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Around the Region

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

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Take a Hike

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

Move in Day

Move-in Day

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Back to School Shopping

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

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Dorm Hall Crawl

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


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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.

Wilkes and You: Returning for Fall 2020

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 the year ahead.

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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

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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.

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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.

Alanah Guerrero


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I chose Wilkes because from the moment I stepped on campus I could tell how much the faculty cared about the students.

James Hughes


I choose Wilkes because of the opportunities and values that it has offered me!

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 the two different 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 make it to either orientation, 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.