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Wilkes Honors College Receives Top National Rating

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A remarkable value with each student receiving a merit-based scholarship

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Our students enjoy unprecedented access to worldclass research and internship opportunities

Congratulations, Graduates!
You made it!!!

A Message to the 2020 Graduates of the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University

If I had been asked a few years ago to give a graduation speech, I would have filled it with pithy wisdom and inspiring quotations, seasoned with funny quips. I would have included lots of motivational platitudes. Aim high. Dream big. Shoot for the stars. Enjoy your successes. Stop and smell the roses.

2020 Graduates: learn more!



Smaller Classes. Bigger Advantages.

Wilkes Honors College assures students all the benefits of a small, highly-selective liberal arts college combined with the resources of a top STEM teaching and research university. Your student will earn a premier education, learn from accomplished professors, gain access to unparalleled research opportunities for an outstanding value. Our staff provides personalized attention to all students from the time they aspire to attend the Wilkes Honors College until the successful completion of their degree.

Nearly all of the Honors College’s endowment goes to students in the form of scholarships. The majority (in 2016, 55%) of our graduates accrued no college debt and the average among those students is $10,000 less than the national average for public universities.

We provide education, resources and safety for your student during their collegiate career. Our on-campus police department provides 24-hour surveillance and protection for your student’s safety. Our on-campus student services department offers accredited medical care, counseling and wellness resources for your student’s health.

Why Is The Wilkes Honors College Your Student’s Best Choice?

The Wilkes Honors College challenges top-performing students in new ways, with a rigorous curriculum and rewarding path to graduate school and professional success. With just 15 students per class on average, every professor interacts with students personally. That makes learning far more effective and rewarding than classes held in large lecture halls.

Your student will have access to rewarding research few undergraduates experience. Students conduct research alongside faculty members and publish or present discoveries before they even graduate, giving them a strong head start on their future career.

In addition to FAU itself, our campus partners are Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience: both are admired worldwide. Students can also do research and internships at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

STEM Concentrations and Beyond: We offer top programs in a broad range of academic subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and arts. For those aspiring to become a doctor, scientist, pharmacist, physician assistant or veterinarian, our concentrations fully prepare you for graduate or professional school and careers in these fields. Students interested in academic careers in such diverse fields such as anthropology, biology, history, political science, and chemistry can all start their paths to success at the WHC!

Scholarships for every student: With few exceptions, all Wilkes Honors College students are awarded merit-based scholarships upon review of the application materials.

Modern residence halls: The Wilkes Honors College is a residential college. All incoming freshmen live on campus their first two years. Students enjoy secure, suite-style accommodations with high-speed internet and cable television in every bedroom

On-campus: there’s a pool, sports facilities and numerous activities, all within a safe neighborhood surrounding campus. 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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FAU Jupiter researchers are investigating the evolution of eye loss in Mexican cavefish. Itzel Sifuentes-Romero, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Johanna Kowalko, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at... more

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FAU Names Justin Perry, Ph.D., as New Dean of Wilkes Honors College

Florida Atlantic University has named Justin Perry, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. more

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New Method of Classifying Organisms

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Faculty Jon A. Moore, Ph.D., and Susan L. Richardson, Ph.D., were recently published in a new book titled “Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode.” more

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HONORS COLLEGE STUDENTS CREATE INNOVATIVE ELECTRONIC ART IN RESPONSE TO QUARANTINE

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors students enrolled in ART4654C Honors Electronics and Electronic Objects for Art this spring worked to create electronic projects that are poetic and innovative. more

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Graduation Celebration for Psychology and Neuroscience Students

Professors Julie Earles, Ph.D., Kevin Lanning, Ph.D., and Laura Vernon, Ph.D., hosted a surprise virtual ceremony on May 5 for Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College graduates in psychology and neuroscience. more

 
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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

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Professor Receives Presidential Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

Jacqueline Fewkes, Ph.D., is the recipient of a Florida Atlantic University Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty-Led Community Engagement for Engaged Teaching. Dr. Fewkes is one of the three faculty members awarded... Read More

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Wilkes Honors Professor Recipient of Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Kevin Lanning, Ph.D., received FAU’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching during the 51st annual Honors Convocation Awards. Dr. Lanning was among the founding faculty members of the Harriet L. Wilkes... Read More

 
  • 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