FAU Points of Pride

College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science are truly exceptional. Several students were chosen to participate in highly prestigious internship programs at prominent organizations such as Amazon, Facebook, NASA, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
  • When innovation and compassion come together, extraordinary things happen. An FAU engineering student was born without fingers and only a wrist with knuckles on his left hand and had never used a prosthetic. With the inspiration and help of another FAU graduate student, the two developed an inexpensive prosthetic hand that was printed on a 3D printer as a class project, allowing him to better accomplish tasks like working more quickly and efficiently in the laboratory using test tubes and pipettes, better drive a car, and even lift a three-liter bottle of water.
  • The FAU ocean engineering program, the first academic program of its kind in the nation, is credited with pioneering the field of ocean engineering. To this day, the FAU ocean engineering program is world renowned and recognized as one of the best programs internationally.
  • FAU alumnus and retired NASA astronaut Steve Swanson has flown two space shuttles and lived on the International Space Station for six months during his 28-year long career with NASA. Swanson is famous for being the first person to take a selfie in space and post it to Instagram.


Wilkes Honors College

  • The Wilkes Honors College (WHC) of FAU sets the standard for honors colleges nationwide. The WHC is a top-tier, residential, free-standing, liberal arts and sciences college with a four-year, all-honors curriculum and its own faculty. The faculty members are top scholars with degrees from prestigious universities, including Univ. of California, Berkeley, Brown University, George Mason Univ., Univ. of Oxford, Pennsylvania State Univ., Univ. North Carolina, Univ. of Sydney, and Vanderbilt Univ., and they love teaching undergraduates. WHC graduation rates are at the top of Florida's state university system,* with six-year and four-year rates at 82% and 70%, respectively (national public university averages are 58% and 33%).
  • The campus culture is intimate, collaborative, supportive, inclusive, and fun.
    Students note that it is safe to explore new ideas, to be yourself, and to be smart at the WHC. The college hosts 450 students (12:1 student to faculty ratio) who live on campus during their first two years, thus building strong social bonds and a focus on academics, leading to a successful transition to college. Students are active in clubs and organizations; including strong student government. Many of our students do internships on this campus with world-class scientists at 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. Seventy-seven (77) students interned in these facilities in 2016-2017. Students also intern at nearby Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
  • Our enrollment is made up of a diverse body of high-achieving students.
    Twenty-eight (28) National Merit Finalists have attended the WHC since 2000, the mean GPA for 2017 incoming students was 4.49, the average SAT score was 1278, and the average ACT score was 28. Approximately 25% are the first in their family's history to attend college, and 25% are from underrepresented groups. Forty-seven percent of families who completed a FAFSA in 2017 are Pell-eligible. Our graduates are successful. Over seventy (70%) of graduates go on to graduate and professional (especially medicine and law) programs, including those at Columbia, Cornell, George Washington, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Yale, and FAU. Other graduates take good jobs in research, teaching, NGOs, and business (for-profit and not-for-profit), and several have started their own successful businesses.


Max Planck Honors Program

  • The Max Planck Honors Program is a joint initiative between FAU's Charles E. Schmidt's College of Science, FAU's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, and MPFI. Designed to recruit and serve the "best of the best," this latest honors program with the only Max Planck Institute in North America will focus specifically on neuroscience and offered on FAU's John D. MacArthur Jupiter campus. The FAU Max Planck Honors Program will empower students to work with world-class faculty researchers through a summer research program, and will include the possibility of directed independent research and an honors thesis with program faculty. Cutting-edge neuroscience training courses will include technologies such as super resolution microscopy, electrophysiology and opto-genetic technology.
  • The program also will provide a comprehensive introductory "topics in neuroscience" course; career development workshops for scientists; participation in ongoing Max Planck seminar series and a journal club run by postdoctoral fellows and faculty; access to international symposia with opportunities for students to present their research to Nobel laureates; and special cutting-edge research and techniques in neuroscience taught by teams of renowned local and international scientists and introducing students to a broad range of scientific and technical expertise.