Why do I need to know about Academics now? As you read through this information, you will learn about the academic requirements and opportunities that will help you make choices about the courses you would prefer to take in your first semester.  After you have identified your preferences, you will tell us by signing on to the Orientation Station site and answering a series of questions.  Based on your course preferences (anticipated major or area of interest, general education courses, and interest in an FYF theme), placement test results, academic background, and course availability, Advising Services will craft a preliminary schedule just for you.

Students will complete the required tasks by May 30th by logging into Orientation Station.

Do I need to take Placement Tests? Your need to take placement tests depends on your intended major. Like you, we want to be sure that you are enrolled in the right courses for the beginning of your academic journey. The math placement test is used by Advising Services to make sure you are placed in the correct level of the course, or in some cases, the correct course, where you are most likely to achieve the highest level of success. While you should review what you have learned in math and try your best, the results of the math placement have no bearing on your acceptance to Wilkes or to any specific major; you have already been accepted. Some students not required to take placement tests may need to complete surveys.  Placement tests must be completed by May 30th in order to schedule your classes on time, however the link to the placement tests will remain open after that date.  More information on which tests you should take will be found by clicking on the placement test link. 

What is the First Year Foundation Seminar/FYF? As the course title implies, First-Year Foundations (FYF) is designed to help you, the first-year college student, adjust to the demands of collegiate academic life at Wilkes University.  All FYF faculty are specially selected to teach in the program, trained to understand the needs of the incoming first-year student and the services, activities, and opportunities available campus wide, and all FYF faculty are committed to helping each student succeed at Wilkes in the first year and beyond.  See the First-Year Foundations section for more information.

What are Living Learning Communities? Living-Learning Communities, by design, help to facilitate conversation and learning far beyond the traditional classroom setting and allow students to engage in profound discussion, dialogue, and meaningful interaction in the place where students spend the majority of their time—in the residence halls. Studies show that students who participate in learning communities, in general, and in living-learning communities, in particular, have more frequent interactions with peers and faculty, higher classroom attendance rates, higher cumulative GPAs, a greater sense of engagement with the campus community, and higher participation rates in faculty and peer mentorship programs than their non-learning community peers. Living-Learning Communities promote a sense of “belonging”—to the campus, to others who share similar interests, and to the academic community of the University. Each Living-Learning Community has a dedicated Faculty Associate, who works closely with the course instructors and Resident Assistant to develop engaging extra- and co-curricular activities that expand and enhance learning in the associated courses.  See Living-Learning Community information below. 

Learn about the Wilkes University Curriculum—Major Requirements, General Education Courses, and other academic opportunities.  What do you need to accomplish in order to earn your degree?  Begin with the end in mind and understand how your first semester courses will contribute to your long-term goals.


First Year Foundation Seminar: The First Year Foundations courses (FYF) are especially designed to integrate new students into the university community, provide a bonding experience with peers and with faculty, introduce students to its many support systems, and lay a foundation for the four year Wilkes Undergraduate Experience. Courses in the FYF program are open to all students regardless of major and are not intended to be connected to any specific degree program. FYF faculty members teach topics of deep personal interest and are excited about these courses. All students will take a FYF in their first semester.Students will choose from themes in which they have an interest and will then be placed into corresponding courses.


Music Opportunities:  Wilkes provides a wide variety of quality ensembles for all types of musicians. Read the box on this website for more information about our various music classes, singing opportunities, playing opportunities, and opportunities for private lessons. 


All students in any mathematics course:

ALL PROGRAMMABLE CALCULATORS, INCLUDING GRAPHING CALCULATORS OR calculators equipped with a Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) are not allowed for use on examinations in any mathematics courses.   

 Students should contact the instructor of their mathematics course prior to the start of the semester regarding specific policies for the use of computing devices within the course.



Please email advising@wilkes.edu for more information about advising, fall course scheduling, or placement tests.