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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 unapparelled 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.

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Honors College Student Presents Research at National Conference

Czoka presented her research Virtually a Criminal: A Visual Ethnography of the Urban Criminal Underground in Grand Theft Auto Five, during a gallery session on technology at the 2018 American Anthropological Association conference... more

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Wilkes Honors College Benefactor Dinner

Setting the standard for honors colleges nationwide. The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of FAU hosted its Annual Benefactors Dinner at the Abocoa Golf Club on Thursday. President John Kelly provided a university update,... more

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Wilkes Honors College assistant biology professor receives mentoring award

Johanna Kowalko, Ph.D. the assistant professor of biology of the Wilkes Honors College and member of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative, recently received a Mentoring Award from FAU’s Division of Research for 2019. Kowalko... more

 
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Students
Morgan Cable
Morgan Cable
Wilkes Honors College, Chemistry, 2005

Wilkes Honors College alumna Morgan Cable, Ph.D., ’05, was highlighted for her research in the publication "Chemical and Engineering News" (C&EN). Read More

Nathan Van Zee
Nathan Van Zee
Wilkes Honors College, Chemistry, 2010

Wilkes Honors College alumnus, Nathan J. Van Zee, Ph.D., is lead author on a study published in the journal "Nature" about water’s role in the formation of supramolecular structures. Read More

FACULTY
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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
  • 62 students have co-authored publications
  • 70% of graduates go on to graduate and professional programs
  • Every student receives a merit-based scholarship
  • FAU's Diplomacy Program has won 25 National and International Awards for Academic Excellence