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Wilkes Honors College Welcomes New Dean

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Wilkes Honors College Receives Top National Rating

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THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE HAS GONE VIRTUAL!

Small Classes. Big Opportunities.

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is the nation’s only university-affiliated, free-standing honors college. Located in Jupiter, FL on the John D. MacArthur campus of FAU, this close-knit, residential, highly-selective liberal arts and sciences college offers a distinctive all-honors curriculum and is surrounded by world-renowned scientific research institutes, where our undergraduates benefit from unparalleled access to research internships.

Choose from a wide array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of study, enjoy small classes all taught by accomplished professors, and pursue limitless internship and study abroad opportunities. Are you interested in conducting world-class scientific research, representing a country in a Model United Nations competition, interning in a business, studying in another country, or serving in student government? As one student put it, "the opportunities here are mind-boggling!" Our advice? Pursue what inspires and challenges you the most.

Why Choose the Wilkes Honors College? Graduate and Professional Success Starts Here.

Interested in science or medicine? You 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.

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

Interested in law, art, diplomacy, history, or social entrepreneurship? We have 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, teachers, 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: Most 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 or call 561.799.8646.

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WILKES HONORS COLLEGE RECEIVES TOP NATIONAL RATING FOR THE SECOND TIME

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University received a second consecutive top rating among the country's best honors colleges and programs in the latest edition of "Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews... more

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Novel Study First to Tally Biomass from Oceanic Plastic Debris

FAU Harbor Branch scientists and collaborators have obtained a quantitative number for biomass from oceanic plastic debris using a novel visualization method that provides the first estimate of its kind. more

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Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Origin of Behavioral Evolution

A study is the first to look inside the brains of cavefish with millimeter resolution and show how individual neurons and brain regions that drive complex behaviors, including sleep and feeding have evolved. more

U.S. News & World Report

FAU Moves Up in 'U.S. News & World Report's' List of Top Universities

Florida Atlantic University moved up in the U.S. News & World Report list of "Top Public Schools," to No. 136 in this year's ranking of the nation's best universities. FAU ranked No. 140 in 2020. more

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Evolution of Eye Loss in Mexican Cavefish

FAU Jupiter researchers are investigating the evolution of eye loss in Mexican cavefish. Itzel Sifuentes-Romero, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Johanna Kowalko, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at... more

 
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  • 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
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

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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