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Wilkes Honors College Receives Top National Rating

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Small Classes. Big Opportunities.

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is the nation’s only university-affiliated, free-standing honors college. Located in Jupiter, FL on the John D. MacArthur campus of FAU, this close-knit, residential, highly-selective liberal arts and sciences college offers a distinctive all-honors curriculum and is surrounded by world-renowned scientific research institutes, where our undergraduates benefit from unparalleled access to research internships.

Choose from a wide array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of study, enjoy small classes all taught by accomplished professors, and pursue limitless internship and study abroad opportunities. Are you interested in conducting world-class scientific research, representing a country in a Model United Nations competition, interning in a business, studying in another country, or serving in student government? As one student put it, "the opportunities here are mind-boggling!" Our advice? Pursue what inspires and challenges you the most.

Why Choose the Wilkes Honors College? Graduate and Professional Success Starts Here.

Interested in science or medicine? You can intern in a world-class research lab and contribute to new discoveries in neuroscience, marine biology, or cancer research. Our Jupiter campus boasts the Scripps Research Institute-Florida, the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, and FAU's Brain Institute and Jupiter Life Science Initiative. Aspiring marine biologists can intern at FAU's nearby Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute! Wilkes Honors College students have unprecedented access to working with world-class research scientists.

Have a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine? Incoming freshmen may apply to our Wilkes Medical Scholars Program, a highly selective, early admission program into the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

Interested in law, art, diplomacy, history, or social entrepreneurship? We have exceptional programs and opportunities that will prepare you for any career -- even those that don't yet exist!

OUTCOMES: We prepare students to become engaged citizens and successful professionals. Our alumni are doctors, scientists, teachers, attorneys, community leaders, business professionals and more. Whatever your dreams, you will graduate fully prepared for your next steps.

ACCESS: Our students come from a wide array of backgrounds, and we enjoy a richly diverse and inclusive community. Many are the first in their family's history to attend college.

VALUE: Most students accepted to the Wilkes Honors College and seeking their first baccalaureate degree receive merit-based scholarships, and many students receive need-based aid. The majority of our students graduate with zero college debt, and the average for others is $10K less than the national average for public universities, and much less than the average for private colleges.

LIVING ON CAMPUS: The Wilkes Honors College is a residential college. All incoming freshmen live on campus their first two years. Students enjoy individual bedrooms in furnished 4-room suites with high-speed internet and cable television.

CAMPUS LIFE: The campus hosts many special events such as live music, student gatherings and festivities to promote a positive and inclusive community. Students are minutes from convenient shopping and nearby amenities, as well as beautiful parks, waterways and healthy outdoors fun that can be enjoyed in our year-round mild and sunny climate.

Have questions or need more information? We're here to help!

Email us at hcadmissions@fau.edu or call 561.799.8646.

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Study Reveals How 98 Percent of Plastics at Sea Go Missing Each Year

A study helps to solve the mystery of missing plastic fragments at sea by using simulated sunlight to explore removal mechanisms, microbial impacts and lifetimes of select microplastics on the ocean surface. more

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Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

Christopher Strain, Ph.D., a professor of History & American Studies in FAU’s Wilkes Honors College has contributed a chapter to a new book on the civil rights movement. Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement... more

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WHC Associate Professor Releases Volume on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps

Jacqueline H. Fewkes, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College recently edited, Anthropological Perspectives on the Religious Uses of Mobile Apps. The edited volume deploys digital... more

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FAU Wilkes Honors College Receives $1 Million Donation to Endow the Kenan Social Engagement Program

Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College met the “Kenan Challenge,” raising $1 million to match a $1 million gift from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. This gift creates a permanent... more

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Faculty Receive National Academies' Early-Career Research Fellowships

Two scientists representing FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science, Wilkes Honors College and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have received the prestigious Early-Career Research Fellowships. more

 
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  • Students intern on campus with world-renown scientists
  • Over 80 students have co-authored publications
  • 70% of graduates go on to graduate and professional programs
  • Most students receives a merit-based scholarship
  • FAU's Diplomacy Program has won 32 National and International Awards for Academic Excellence
SPOTLIGHT STORIES

Destiny Twohill
Destiny Twohill

Destiny Twohill graduated valedictorian of her class at Berean Christian School. As a high school senior, Destiny attended the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College summer program MERGE, a program that focuses on the interaction... Read More

Tracey Tobkin
Tracey Tobkin

Tracey began her journey shortly after, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College captivated her with its idyllic landscape, genuine community, and intimate connections between students and professors. There is an all-around passion... Read More

Michael Metzner
Michael Metzner '12

Wilkes Honors College alumnus Michael Metzner, M.D., ’12, has always had two passions: art and medicine. But “Never in a million years did I think, ‘Oh, well writing for Grey’s Anatomy, that’s how I can do that.’... Read More

Kristina Klaas
Kristina Klaas '11

Kristina Klaas graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2011 with a concentration in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. During her years as a student, Kristina received various awards, including the Distinguished... Read More

Jacqueline Feweks, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Fewkes, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Fewkes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, has written a number of articles on her research interests in topics as diverse as visual ethnography, transnational economic... Read More

Lucia Carvelli
Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D.

Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D., joined the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College as a tenured associate professor and the FAU Brain Institute as an Investigator. Carvelli also holds a secondary appointment in the Charles E. Schmidt College... Read More