Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will remain on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter, despite rumours that the college would be shut or relocated to the university's Boca Raton campus, FAU officials said.
“The Honors College is the jewel in the crown of the university, Director of Admissions Kerry Rosen said, adding that a relocation had been considered, but will not occur.
After surveys and discussion were held, the Honors College and university officials concluded it would be best to keep the program on the Jupiter campus.
“This campus is ideal for us – it fosters a community,” Associate Dean and political science Professor Mark Tunick said.
With endowments exceeding $3.3 million as per year – the largest endowments of all the FAU colleges – the Honors College plans to offer more options in coursed of study and might award an Honors College degree, administrators said.
Tunick said many of the students opposed relocation because “they enjoy the quieter, small campus.”
“One of the main reasons for my choosing FAU’s Honors College was the atmosphere,” said Robert Bruton, a third-year student. “I wanted smaller. It creates a familiarity both with the students and the faculty. I’ve made a lot of friends here.”
The Honors College is a tightly knit community, with 313 students currently enrolled – below the level some FAU administrators would like to see. The college has 76 faculty members.
The college recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as the first public honors institute to be built from the ground up in the United States. Administrators note that the institution offers a high-quality education at a small fraction of the cost of a private liberal arts college.