Mission and Vision
The purpose of the Honors College is to offer students a liberal arts education of the highest intellectual and scholarly standard. As a public institution, we open our doors to those seeking a challenging, yet affordable, learning experience equal to that of the most selective colleges and universities. Small class size, rigorous requirements, and an emphasis on interdisciplinary study anchor a community of dedicated faculty and a talented, diverse student body. We value our special responsibility of public service, and recognize that this responsibility extends not only to the people of Florida but also to the nation, the global community, and the natural environment. Welcome from the Dean!
To offer a liberal arts education of the highest quality
To attract outstanding students from a wide array of backgrounds
To build a dedicated and diverse faculty recognized for its excellence in teaching and research
To link teaching, research, and service in order to convey, expand, and apply knowledge
To promote breadth of knowledge, encourage depth of understanding, and bridge disciplinary divides
To respect differences and recognize their educational value
To cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and beyond
To introduce students to the challenge of original research and discovery
To produce global citizens through international, area, and environmental studies
Explore the Honors College
Beyond Campus: South Florida is a Student's Paradise
The Honors College is located in Jupiter, Florida. Situated along south Florida’s famous beaches, Jupiter boasts near-perfect temperatures year around. The Jupiter campus is central to all the happenings within the Palm Beach community. Nothing is too far away from campus! There are many opportunities to go off campus and do fun things. Enjoy outdoor activities
on the beach or other activities at John D. MacAurtur Park like hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding. The nearest beach to the college is Juno Beach
(pictured below to the right). Fish on its beautiful pier and visit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Boating, fishing, surfing, diving are all available right here and enjoyable year-round in multiple places like Jupiter Island's Blowing Rocks State Park
. Jupiter is laced with bike and walking paths and dotted with tennis courts and golf courses. The 10,000-acre Jonathan Dickinson State Park
boasts hiking trails through mangrove forests as well as an abundance of wildlife. Take a moonlit stroll on the beach during turtle season to watch endangered sea turtles lumber ashore to lay their eggs.
Places to Go, Things to Do
The Honors College campus is situated next to Downtown Abacoa
. Within walking distance of the residence halls, Downtown Abacoa offers a traditional "Main Street" setting with specialty stores, restaurants, coffee shops, an art gallery and much more. The Abacoa Greenway, adjacent to campus, is an ideal location for trail runs or hikes. Downtown Abacoa is also home to Roger Dean Stadium,
the spring training headquarters for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the home of the Jupiter Hammerheads minor league baseball team.
Just ten miles away is downtown West Palm Beach, home to the Norton Museum of Art, the Kravis Center,
CityPlace and the Flagler Museum. The Cruzan Amphitheater plays host to a variety of Rock and Alternative concerts and music festivals. On Thursday evenings, visit Clematis Street where local vendors sell art and food while live bands play a variety of music and people literally dance in the streets.
We are blessed with great weather year round which allows for participation almost all the time. There are plenty of 5K s and other races in the area, and excellent group bicycle rides along the coast each weekend. Within a few miles of campus are a bowling alley, billiards hall, Skate Park, playgrounds, jogging trails, tennis and racquetball courts, and camp sites. You also have access to the FAU Boca campus recreation facilities, and of course FAU Athletics. There are also plenty of professional sports in the area to watch, including Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins, the NBA Champion Miami Heat, the NFL's Miami Dolphins and auto racing at both Palm Beach International Raceway and Homestead Miami Speedway.
At the Wilkes Honors College we value our special responsibility of public service and recognize that this responsibility extends to our local community. Many of our students, faculty, and staff are actively involved in organizations that promote developmental, urban planning, educational, health, and scientific endeavors. In addition, during the academic year we offer the Honors College Forum,
a series of Friday talks by Honors College faculty and occasional guest speakers, that is open to the community.
Organizations and Groups
Corn Maya is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was formed by Mesoamerican refugees in the 1980s. The organization was formed primarily in order to assist thousands of refugees, mostly Mayan indigenous people.
Corn Maya provides immigration services, translation, emergency services, and education for immigrants concerning their rights and responsibilities in American society. Corn Maya has also sponsored a number of cultural events, including Guatemalan festivals, concerts, and dances.
With the help of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Corn Maya is working for the Jupiter community. Its mission is to coordinate and cooperate in providing social services to the primarily (though not exclusively) Mayan immigrant community in Jupiter. Corn Maya works with several organizations in the Jupiter area in order to promote cultural awareness, provide social, legal, and employment services, advocate for the immigrant community, and promote an appreciation for cultural diversity in Jupiter.
For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.
Through a collaborative partnership between the Edna Hibel Art Foundation and Florida Atlantic University, the Hibel Fine Arts Complex was established on the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Florida.
FAU's Jupiter office of the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (www.catanese.org) focuses on the importance of design in creating communities that meet the principles of smart growth. In this effort we host or collaborate on a variety of community, regional, and state activities.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) is dedicated to exploring the world's oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind. Our staff of over 250 includes scientists, engineers, mariners and support personnel. We are involved in research and education in the marine sciences; biological, chemical, and environmental sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; aquaculture; and ocean engineering. We have a wide variety of educational programs and products to raise public awareness of the marine environment, illustrating how the health of our planet is inextricably linked to the state of our oceans.
The Lifelong Learning Society, a division of Continuing Education at FAU, is dedicated to enriching the lives of mature students by offering non-credit, university level courses. Seniors enjoy their own curriculum, along with concerts and entertainment. The LLS program, established in 1980 on the Boca Raton campus, was implemented in northern Palm Beach County in 1997. In five short years, enrollment has grown from 120 to more than 7,000 students, and there are now more than 60 courses available. Several Wilkes Honors College faculty have taught life-long learning courses on the MacArthur campus.