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Penn State is one of the ten largest universities in the United States, and The 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has designated Penn State among the top fifty highest-ranking institutions globally. Its mission is to improve the lives of people in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through teaching, research, and public service. Penn State has 20 campuses across Pennsylvania; Penn State Wilkes-Barre provides access to all of the resources of an internationally renowned university in a small, intimate setting, including an outstanding faculty who take the time to get to know you. We encourage you to explore what we have to offer!

Professor with student


Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers outstanding academic opportunities. More than 160 Penn State majors can be started at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and completed at the University Park campus or another Penn State location. It’s a smooth transition – 60 percent of students do it! No matter where you start, your degree will be a Penn State degree, one of the most respected in the world.

In addition, eight bachelor’s degree programs can be completed right at this campus:

Surveying Engineering – The Surveying Engineering degree provides a basic undergraduate education required for private and public service in the profession of surveying with particular emphasis being placed on fundamental surveying principles required in all areas of surveying.

Information Sciences and Technology – The IST degree provides students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new “Information Age.”

Electrical Engineering Technology – The EET degree provides a graduate with the technological skills to bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems.

Business – The Business degree is a professionally oriented program that combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and supply chain management, with applied study in a practical setting.

English – The English degree explores the imaginative and practical uses of English through courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, and language, develops perspectives on human nature and cultural values, and teaches graduates how to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information.

Administration of Justice – The Administration of Justice degree provides students with an education focused on the understanding and analysis of the justice system as well as prepare students for careers in the administration of justice.

Corporate Communication – The Corporate Communication program prepares students for public information and media relations positions. The degree features cross-disciplinary coursework in business, information systems, and human behavior, and offers a broad foundation in business principles, teamwork, problem solving, and written and oral communication.

Rehabilitation and Human Services – The RHS major prepares student for positions in a variety of human service settings. The program provides a foundation in case management, client assessment, group work, counseling skills, community mental health, children and family interventions, medical aspects of disability and courses related to working with people from different cultural backgrounds.

students playing soccer (football)

On-Campus Activities

On campus activities abound for those who wish to participate. You can join more one of more than twenty student organizations, or attend cultural events, musical or comedy performances, or guest lectures.

Varsity Sports

  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Men’s Baseball
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Volleyball

Clubs & Organizations

THON – The largest student-run philanthropy in the world! The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn Sate Hershey Children's Hospital.

4 Seasons Club – Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Camping, Rafting

Business Club – Annual Etiquette Dinner and New York City Trip

Campus Activity Board – Coordinate campus events, Movie Nights, Fiesta Parties

Engineering Club – We make things move

International Students Club – Promotes cultural,social and supportive activities

Lion Ambassadors – Official campus tour guides

Surveying Society – Guest speakers, field trips,state and national conferences

and others...


Off campus, the city of Wilkes-Barre (less than 13 miles away) offers a variety of cultural events, professional sports, concert venues, shopping and dining. From our location in eastern Pennsylvania, you can easily visit the ski areas of the Poconos (30 minutes), the University Park campus of Penn State (2 hours), New York City (2 hours), Philadelphia (2 hours), Baltimore (3 hours) and Washington D.C. (4 hours). The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport is only half an hour's drive, should you wish to explore futher afield.


Although Penn State Wilkes-Barre does not have on-campus University-owned housing available for students, there is a privately owned housing option adjacent to campus that rents exclusively to students, as well as a variety of other off-campus housing opportunities within the community.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance includes living expenses – such as meals, room and board, transportation, and books – in addition to tuition and fees. When considering total costs, students can expect to incur additional expenses during the academic year. Please use the following costs for planning purposes only.

Tuition and Fees: $19,406 - $20,408

Additional Estimated Costs:

  • Rooms & Meals - $9,432
  • Books & Supplies - $1,536
  • Travel & Personal - $4,050


Complete information about applying can be found at Penn State's International Students Admissions pages. 

International Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2013 – October 1, 2012
  • Summer/Fall 2013 – February 1, 2013

Required International Credentials:

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results are required for admission. Results should show seven strong passes in academic courses that include math, language, science, and social science or humanities.

If you are currently in high school: A decision will be issued after Penn State receives a scratch card and verifies your WAEC results.

If you have completed high school: Send Penn State a copy of the WAEC Senior School Certificate and a scratch card so that we may verify your exam results.


Important Message about Agents and Consultants: Penn State recognizes that agents or consultants are retained in many parts of the world to assist students in applying to colleges and universities in the United States. However, Penn State does not partner with agents to help represent the University or to administer any part of the application process. The engagement of agents or private organizations for the purpose of recruiting or enrolling international students is not endorsed by Penn State. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the University and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent Penn State. Students interested in Penn State are encouraged to contact Undergraduate Admissions Office representatives by entering your questions in Ask the Lion.



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Office of Global Programs

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Contact Us:

Dr. Frank Derby
Associate Professor, Surveying Engineering
Skype – fderby222

John Barnes
Admissions Officer
Skype – john.barnes402


international student Stephen Christian

Name: Stephen
Major: EET
Home: Ghana

“I wanted to enroll at a university in the United States, and my research showed me that Penn State has a great academic reputation.”