Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Wilkes University

A Guide To Learning

Wilkes University is a dynamic community of learners that encourages students to take an active role in their education. Within the framework of a carefully considered and integrated curriculum, the University provides a broad variety of learning experiences designed to place individual learning at the center of academic life. Students will be challenged to think critically and creatively, invited to read and write extensively, and expected to become adept at quantitative reasoning and the use of contemporary technology as they prepare to become productive and responsible citizens of the global society. Mindful of the rapidly expanding body of knowledge and the vast array of learning and teaching styles in this academic environment, the University remains committed to the values articulated by Dr. Eugene S. Farley, Wilkes University’s founding president, and adopted by the Wilkes University faculty as a Guide to Learning.

An educated person:

  • seeks truth, for without truth there can be no understanding;
  • possesses vision, for we know that vision precedes all great attainments;
  • is aware of the diversity of ideas and beliefs that exists among all people;
  • has faith in the power of ideals to shape the lives of each of us;
  • knows that mankind’s progress requires vigor, moral courage, and physical endurance;
  • cultivates inner resources and spiritual strength, for they enrich our daily living and sustain us in times of crisis;
  • has ethical standards by which to live;
  • respects the religious convictions of all people;
  • participates constructively in the social, cultural, and political life of the community;
  • communicates ideas in a manner that assures understanding, for understanding unites us all in our search for truth.

These values are supported by the Wilkes University Mission, Vision, and Values and are projected in the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, which guide all learning opportunities and experiences at Wilkes.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

(Adopted by the faculty, November 1, 2007)

The students will develop and demonstrate through course work, learning experiences, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities

  • the knowledge, skills, and scholarship that are appropriate to their general and major field areas of study;
  • effective written and oral communication skills and information literacy using an array of media and modalities;
  • practical, critical, analytical, and quantitative reasoning skills;
  • actions reflecting ethical reasoning, civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity; and
  • interpersonal skills and knowledge of self as a learner that contribute to effective teamwork, mentoring, and lifelong learning

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


To continue the Wilkes tradition of liberally educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the university’s commitment to community engagement.


Wilkes University will provide exceptional educational experiences that transform students and develop innovations through scholarly activities that lead to national recognition and shape the world around us.


  • Mentorship: Nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things.
  • Scholarship: Advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate our constituents.
  • Diversity: Embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.
  • Innovation: Promoting creative scholarly activities, programs, ideas and sustainable practices.
  • Community: Appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.