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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

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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SPOTLIGHT STORIES

Jannatul Begum
Jannatul Begum

Jannatul Begum graduated from Lake Worth Community High School and came to the Wilkes Honors College with an interest in Neuroscience. As Jannatul explains, “I chose the HC because of the small, interactive class sizes.... Read More

Michael Berg
Michael Berg

Michael Berg came to the Wilkes Honors College from Anclote High School in Holiday, Florida. A Flager Scholar, Michael chose this concentration so that he would the opportunity to pursue a career in either education or foreign... Read More

Olivia Ducram
Olivia Ducram '20

Olivia began her freshman year attending the Harriet Wilkes Honors College. After receiving an invitation to attend Scholar’s Day, Olivia was awarded the Henry Morrison Flagler scholarship, which provides her with internship... Read More

Gianni Croci
Gianni Croci '20

Gianni C. Croci came to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College after completing an International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at G-Star School of the Arts in Palm Springs, Florida. He has a dual concentration in History and Political... 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 100 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 37 National and International Awards for Academic Excellence