Welcome From the Dean

Dean of the Wilkes Honors College

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It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College!

This is an honors college like no other in the country! Let me tell you what I mean by that.

  • The Wilkes Honors College functions as a top-tier liberal arts and sciences college, with its own faculty and curriculum, within a major, public, research university, Florida Atlantic University. Therefore, it has the intimacy of small class sizes and close mentorship from your professors, while providing all the additional benefits of a large university.

  • At the Wilkes Honors College, it’s all-honors all the time ! We celebrate a curriculum that blends Ivy League tradition with enriching practical applications. Our program requires interdisciplinary and experiential learning, the latter in the form of 120 hours (minimum) in a mentored internship (e.g., corporate, legislative, scientific) or international study abroad.

  • Every Honors College student completes a senior honors thesis under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor, which means you will contribute your own, original scholarship to society. Each year the Honors College Symposium and Research Day celebrates our students’ thesis work.

  • The Honors College shares the MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida with FAU’s Brain Institute and Jupiter Life Science Initiative, along with the world-renown Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and The Scripps Florida Research Institute. Our students conduct research in their world-class labs and regularly co-author publications in top-quality journals in collaboration with their mentors from FAU, Scripps or Max Planck!

  • Our students and faculty share pride and passion for rigorous educational standards – it’s safe to be smart here. Our ethos is one of collaboration and kinship, and the friendships you form here with your peers and professors will last a lifetime.

  • Our students live on campus during their first two years, which lets them build strong social bonds and focus on their academic progress during the vulnerable period of transition to college.

  • We enjoy a spectacular location in southern Florida surrounded by the thriving and growing communities of Jupiter and greater Palm Beach County.

  • Almost all of the Honors College’s endowment goes to students in the form of scholarships. Only 45% of our 2016 graduates accrued any college debt, and the average among those students is $10,000 less than the national average for public universities. Prospective students may be invited to Scholars Day to compete for our most prestigious scholarships.

I joined the Wilkes Honors College family in August of 2016, and I’ve loved every minute. I look forward to welcoming you to the family!


Dean Goldey

Ellen S. Goldey, PhD
Dean of the Wilkes Honors College
Florida Atlantic University
5353 Parkside Drive, HC 134
Jupiter, FL 33458