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Wilkes Honors College Receives Top National Rating

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

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Our students enjoy unprecedented access to worldclass research and internship opportunities

Smaller Classes. Bigger Advantages.

Wilkes Honors College assures students all the benefits of a small, highly-selective liberal arts college combined with the resources of a top STEM teaching and research university. Your student will earn a premier education, learn from accomplished professors, gain access to unparalleled research opportunities for an outstanding value. Our staff provides personalized attention to all students from the time they aspire to attend the Wilkes Honors College until the successful completion of their degree.

Nearly all of the Honors College’s endowment goes to students in the form of scholarships. The majority (in 2016, 55%) of our graduates accrued no college debt and the average among those students is $10,000 less than the national average for public universities.

We provide education, resources and safety for your student during their collegiate career. Our on-campus police department provides 24-hour surveillance and protection for your student’s safety. Our on-campus student services department offers accredited medical care, counseling and wellness resources for your student’s health.

Why Is The Wilkes Honors College Your Student’s Best Choice?

The Wilkes Honors College challenges top-performing students in new ways, with a rigorous curriculum and rewarding path to graduate school and professional success. With just 15 students per class on average, every professor interacts with students personally. That makes learning far more effective and rewarding than classes held in large lecture halls.

Your student will have access to rewarding research few undergraduates experience. Students conduct research alongside faculty members and publish or present discoveries before they even graduate, giving them a strong head start on their future career.

In addition to FAU itself, our campus partners are Scripps Florida and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience: both are admired worldwide. Students can also do research and internships at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

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!

Scholarships for every student: With few exceptions, all Wilkes Honors College students are awarded merit-based scholarships upon review of the application materials.

Modern residence halls: The Wilkes Honors College is a residential college. All incoming freshmen live on campus their first two years. Students enjoy secure, suite-style accommodations with high-speed internet and cable television in every bedroom

On-campus: there’s a pool, sports facilities and numerous activities, all within a safe neighborhood surrounding campus. 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.

NEWS ALL NEWS

Christy Laflamme
Big Ideas, Big Winners

Christy LaFlamme, a Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College student just won the FAU Division of Research (DoR) "Big Idea Contest," which was designed to solicit ideas on how to communicate the importance of research to broad audiences.... more

Bebeto Amazan
OVER THE FINISH LINE: GENEROSITY HELPS WILKES HONORS COLLEGE SENIOR GRADUATE ON TIME

As a first-generation college student, graduation means more than attaining a degree for Bebeto Amazan — it means all the extra shifts, late nights and financial struggle were worth it, as he takes one step closer toward... more

FAU Diplomacy Program
DIPLOMACY TEAM AWARDED 2019 DISTINGUISHED DELEGATION

The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University recently received the Distinguished Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations competition in New York City. more

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WHC John Hope Franklin Research Center Travel Grant Award

Jacqueline H. Fewkes, Ph.D., associate professor of Anthropology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University was recently awarded a John Hope Franklin Research Center Travel Grant Award from the... more

FAU's Business Plan Competition encourages FAU students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their game-changing ideas for a chance to obtain funding for their new ventures. Along with prize money, teams compete for legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel investors, venture capital groups and more.
LIFE-METRICS MOBILE APP WINS FAU'S BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Life-Metrics, an activity tracking mobile app, won first place and $10,000 in prize money at the annual Florida Atlantic University Business Plan Competition, recently hosted by FAU’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and... more

 
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SPOTLIGHT STORIES

Students
John William Brandon, IV
John William Brandon, IV
Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a concentration in Marine Biology, 2019

When John William Brandon, IV graduates from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University in May, it will be another step in his journey that is rooted in an interest in marine science that started... Read More

Abageal Roland
Abageal Roland
Biological Anthropology, 2019

Abageal Roland, a senior at Florida Atlantic University's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, will graduate May 2019 with a major concentration in biological anthropology. Abageal will be entering FAU’s Christine E. Lynn... 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
  • Over 80 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 32 National and International Awards for Academic Excellence