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  • Writer's pictureNancy Adis

Small Colleges With A Personal Approach

Traveling through the green, rolling hills of Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to stop in Wilkes-Barre to visit and learn more about two of the local colleges. Both were within walking distance of the downtown Public Square area which boasts restaurants, entertainment options and shopping. Personally, I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Eden-a-Vegan Cafe!

King’s College is a private Catholic college with approximately 1700 undergraduate students. Their small class sizes and focus on “engaged mentorship” leads to strong connections between faculty and students. They offer 41 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs, with the most popular programs being in the health professions and business/accounting. They also have a Young Scholars Program for academically advanced high school juniors and seniors which provides the opportunity for dual enrollment courses so that high schoolers can earn college credits.

Wilkes University enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduates with a strong emphasis on community so that classmates and professors all know each other by name. They offer 45 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs including liberal arts, business, mechanical engineering, nursing (the most popular), and more! They also have an accelerated nursing program and a pharmacy school. I loved this description of their programs which engage students: “This is an incubator for whatever you find interesting. For those willing to work for whatever comes next.”

Both schools participate in Division III athletics and both have over 90% admission acceptance rates, offering opportunities for many interested students. If you are looking for personalized experience at a small college with opportunities to foster close personal relationships, you may want to consider looking into these options!

With so many colleges and universities to choose from, students and their families should consider their individual needs and interests. If small class sizes, mentorship, and options to customize your studies are top priorities, you may want to look at smaller colleges! Confident College Planning helps students and families all throughout the college search process - identifying key priorities, making college lists, preparing applications, and evaluating the best options for each individual. Contact me at to have a conversation about how I can support you!


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