Age: Penn State Wilkes-Barre was established in 1916. (Read about the campus history.)
Location: The campus is 13 miles west of Wilkes-Barre on a beautiful, park-like estate in Dallas, PA.
Academic year: two semesters, late August to mid-December; mid-January to early May; summer sessions.
Enrollment: 460 students
Faculty: 51 full- and part-time faculty
Student-to-faculty ratio: 7 to 1
Average class size: 11
Library: The Nesbitt Library, located in the Abram Nesbitt III Academic Commons, has about 35,000 volumes and receives approximately 200 periodicals and journals in a number of broad topic areas. In addition, students have access to Penn State's 4.4 million books, 39,000 periodicals, and over 500 databases through the web and via inter-campus and inter-library loan.
Housing: Penn State Wilkes-Barre does not provide on-campus housing. However, off-campus housing is available in the local areas surrounding campus, including apartment-style units adjacent to the campus property.
Clubs and service: More than 20 clubs, organizations, and opportunities for service. Students are always encouraged to start their own clubs.
Athletics and fitness: A state-of-the-art Athletic & Recreation Building provides a fully equipped gym, racquetball courts, a regulation basketball court, a weight room with weight-training and cardiovascular equipment, and a multi-purpose room for aerobics, dance, and other activities. Outdoor sites for soccer and running are also available. Intramural sports and recreation programs are offered.
A variety of intercollegiate sports teams, including men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, and women’s volleyball, compete in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The men‘s basketball team captured the USCAA National Championship title in 2019.
Financial aid: Penn State Wilkes-Barre has over 70 different scholarships funds; the campus awarded over $1 million in scholarships and awards to our students in 2022. 87% of Penn State Wilkes-Barre students receive some financial aid.
Academics: Enjoy all the benefits of a world-class research university, wrapped up in a supportive, close-knit environment. Over 275 degree programs can be begun at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and completed at another Penn State campus (our “2+2 Plan”). In addition, the following degrees can be begun and completed at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, as well as several minors.
Bachelor’s degrees (4-year)
- Criminal Justice
- Corporate Communication
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Information Technology
- Project and Supply Chain Management
- Rehabilitation and Human Services
- Surveying Engineering
Associate degrees (2-year)
- Business Administration
- Information Sciences & Technology
- Multidisciplinary Studies
- Surveying Engineering Technology
Academic resources: A wide variety of dedicated academic resources are available to help ensure your success.
- Learning Center
- Academic Advising Center
- Digital Media and Information Technology Services
- Disability Resources
- Nesbitt Library
- Struthers Family Career Services Center
The Penn State network: With over 750,000 members, Penn State has the largest alumni network in the world. You make personal and professional connections that support you on your path to success.
Lifelong learning: Our Continuing Education department supports lifelong learning at every age. We offer a variety of professional and workforce development courses, certificates, and certifications for individuals and businesses, as well as youth, teen, and personal enrichment activities that have educational and cultural interest to our community.