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Why Penn State Wilkes-Barre?

We’re pleased that you are considering Penn State as a college choice. At Penn State Wilkes-Barre, you can access the resources of a major university while interacting in small, friendly classes with faculty you can get to know.

At Penn State Wilkes‑Barre it’s about options and opportunities. We offer the first two years of most of the 275+ baccalaureate degree programs currently offered by Penn State, plus several associate and bachelor’s degree programs you can complete on this campus. Here we can help you sort through your interests, explore your options, and put you on the path to academic success. Convenient class schedules, financial aid, career counseling, outstanding faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities all combine to make your education the best it can be.

We are... Penn State!

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers several associate and bachelor’s degree programs you can complete on this campus. In addition, numerous professional development opportunities, including certificate programs, are available for working professionals.

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Some students choose to remain at one campus for all four years, while other students spend their first two years at one campus and transition to University Park or another campus for their remaining two years. No matter where you start, no matter where you finish, your degree will be a Penn State degree—one of the most respected in the country.

Group of students and their professor in a small seminar

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Honors Program provides a means for motivated students to enrich their general education and to deepen their specialized preparation for employment or graduate study. As an honors student, you will have fewer restrictions and more open doors.

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s faculty are friendly and approachable, as well as committed to your success! Because class sections rarely exceed 25-30 students, professors get to know their names. What’s more, students often form close mentoring relationships with their faculty members. Additionally, many of our faculty are professionally active in their academic fields, allowing students to learn from practitioners as well as theoreticians.

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The Struthers Family Career Services Center offers a variety of career planning and employment services to students. Career planning begins in your first year of college and continues throughout your lifetime!

Two students in the gym, both jumping for the basketball

Students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre can participate in a variety of club, intramural and intercollegiate sports. The Athletic and Recreation Building (ARB) and its surrounding fields and courts offer a wide range of fitness and wellness options to our students, including specialized equipment and programs.

A large group of students, faculty, and staff with the Nittany Lion mascot

There are many ways to pursue your out-of-classroom interests at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Get involved in one of our clubs or organizations related to community service, culture, professional interests and more.

A small group of students meeting with a staff member in the Student Success Services office

Student Success Services (SSS), a TRIO federal grant program, aims to increase college retention, graduation rates, and career options for first-generation college students, those from low-income families, the physically challenged, and students with learning disabilities.