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

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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. All 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

Students
Morgan Cable
Morgan Cable
Wilkes Honors College, Chemistry, 2005

Wilkes Honors College alumna Morgan Cable, Ph.D., ’05, was highlighted for her research in the publication "Chemical and Engineering News" (C&EN). Read More

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

FACULTY
lucia-carvelli
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

  • 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