Student Life

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Student Affairs

Student Affairs is comprised of a dedicated team of professionals that support the social, interpersonal, and emotional development and success of Penn State Wilkes-Barre students. Through creative educational programs and innovative service facilitation, Student Affairs builds opportunities for students to become engaged in life outside of the classroom and prepares them for life beyond their college degree.  All of our efforts within Student Affairs are based on our commitment to our mission and core values.

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Student Activities

Being a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is more than just taking classes; it also includes getting involved in both co- and extra-curricular learning opportunities. Being involved in activities on campus will not only give you the opportunity to meet new people and form life-long friendships, but you will enhance your Penn State experience by learning how to be a team player, sharpening your communication skills, developing networking skills, and just having fun!

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Students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre can participate in a variety of club, intramural and intercollegiate sports. Penn State Wilkes-Barre is a member of Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC), and competes for National Championships as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The USCAA also provides student-athletes with the opportunity for academic and athletic All-American honors.

The Athletic and Recreation Building (ARB) and its surrounding fields and courts offer a wide range of fitness options to our students, including specialized equipment and programs such as Pilates, Spinning and Yoga.

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Housing and Food Services

Although Penn State Wilkes-Barre does not have on-campus University-owned housing, there are a wide range of private rental units available where students can live while attending our campus.

Whether an off-campus resident or a commuter, you can dine at the Hickory Court Café located in the Student Commons. You can pay with cash, or use LionCash to get a 10% discount on all prepared foods.

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Student Services

As a student at Penn State Wilkes‑Barre, you have a wide range of student services and programs available to support you in your efforts to achieve your educational, career, and personal goals. The following offices are here to help you during your time at Penn State Wilkes‑Barre.

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Police & Public Safety

The department of Police & Public Safety provides all law enforcement and security services to the Wilkes-Barre campus. Police & Public Safety is also responsible for parking enforcement and traffic control.

Police and Public Safety maintains a cooperative relationship with the Lehman Township Police and the Pennsylvania State Police. Criminal incidents are investigated by campus officers. Assistance in investigations may be requested from the Pennsylvania State Police or the Lehman Township Police for serious criminal incidents.