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FAU Max Planck Honors Program

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: All 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.

SPOTLIGHT STORIES

Students
Nathan Van Zee
Nathan Van Zee
Wilkes Honors College, Chemistry, 2010

Wilkes Honors College alumnus, Nathan J. Van Zee, Ph.D., is lead author on a study published in the journal "Nature" about water’s role in the formation of supramolecular structures. Read More

Michael Metzner
Michael Metzner
Wilkes Honors College, Biological Chemistry and Visual Art, 2012

From the OR to Grey’s Anatomy: A doctor’s path to Hollywood. Wilkes Honors College alumnus Michael Metzner, M.D., ’12, has always had two passions: art and medicine. Read More

FACULTY
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Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

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

Laura Vernon, Ph.D.
Laura Vernon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Laura Vernon, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, was FAU’s 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, an award that is determined by FAU students. Read More

NEWS ALL NEWS

Students Participate in National Courthouse Program
Students Participate in National Courthouse Program

Twenty-seven Wilkes Honors College students participated in the “Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions” program, a national initiative of the federal courts. more

WHC Celebrates 2018 Medallion Ceremony
WHC Celebrates 2018 Medallion Ceremony

The Wilkes Honors College held its annual Medallion Ceremony in the Osher Lifelong Learning Auditorium, where 500 friends and family were in attendance. more

Tracy Mincer, Ph.D.
New Hire: Tracy Mincer, Ph.D.

Welcome new faculty member Tracy Mincer, Ph.D., a joint hire between FAU's Wilkes Honors College and Harbor Branch. more

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WHC Professor Publishes in Nature: Human Behaviour

Kevin Lanning, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a professor of psychology in the Wilkes Honors College examined how personality maturation or development was reflected in natural language. more

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Wilkes Honors College Celebrates 16th Annual Symposium

FAU’s Wilkes Honors College hosted its 16th annual Symposium, which showcased students’ theses and abstracts. more

 
Events SEE ALL

  • Students intern on campus with world-renown scientists
  • 62 students have co-authored publications
  • 70% of graduates go on to graduate and professional programs
  • Every student receives a merit-based scholarship
  • FAU's Diplomacy Program has won 25 National and International Awards for Academic Excellence