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

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Undergraduates dive into research opportunities without leaving campus

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This is Where the Best and Brightest Belong:
Small Classes. Big Opportunities.

At the Wilkes Honors College, students get the best of both worlds: a small, residential, liberal arts and sciences college; and world class research institutes and the resources of a large research university. Most students accepted to the Wilkes Honors College receive merit-based scholarships and the majority of our students graduate with zero college debt.

Why is the Wilkes Honors College a Student’s Best Choice? Graduate and Professional Success Starts Here.

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!

Students interested in science or medicine 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.

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

Students interested in law, art, diplomacy, history, or social entrepreneurship will find 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, 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, call 561.799.8646 or contact one of our admission counselors:

Joel Vander Horst - (561) 799 8569 SR 117 Director, Admissions and Enrollment

Elyse Greenfeld - (561) 799-8245 SR 120 Associate Director, Honors College Admissions

Colleen Pettit - (561) 799-8646 SR 120 Assistant Director, HC Marketing & Enrollment Services

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

jacqueline fewkes
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