Penn State Wilkes-Barre

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Established 1916
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Charles Davis
President Eric J. Barron
Academic staff 37 full-time; 58 adjunct
Students 535
Location Lehman Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Colors Navy Blue and White
Mascot Nittany Lion
Affiliations Penn State University

Penn State Wilkes-Barre is a commonwealth campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is located in Back Mountain, Pennsylvania.

The Wilkes-Barre Campus can trace its history to 1915 when two top engineers, who were affiliated with Penn State and worked in the coal industry, released a study on the growing need for additional engineers in the region. The next year, faculty from University Park began teaching night classes in the field at an area high school. Until the late 1940s, the school only offered evening courses in mechanical subjects. However, during this era, they began offering standard classes, and in 1953, they made available their first two full associate degrees.

In the mid-1960s, the school moved from its location in a hodgepodge of downtown Wilkes-Barre buildings to its current suburban campus.

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus offers Bachelor's Degrees in the following areas: Administration of Justice, Business, Electrical Engineering Technology, English, Information Science, Letters Arts and Sciences, Organizational Leadership (and adult education curriculum), and Surveying engineering. The school's four-year surveying program remains as the only one in the nation.


Penn State–Wilkes-Barre teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Nittany Lions are a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and volleyball.

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Coordinates: 41°18′29″N 76°0′44″W / 41.30806°N 76.01222°W / 41.30806; -76.01222