2 Student Reviews of Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
The low student faculty ratio is exceptional. The academics and enviroment are much more like a small private school than a state University. The town of Jupiter is nice, and the local Village and housing is very nice. I agree somewhat with Jeff’s depiction of the dorm, as the housing director could be better, but I think the student body and the individual student personalities vary significantly from year to year. If you want top notch academics, at a state university, and prefer a small school, with great professors and a lot of individual attention, consider the Honors College. You will most likely make a few really good friends. The students are strong academically.
Overall Score: (4.18/5.00)
Okay, straight up. If you come here to get a great education, I can’t think of a better place. For many majors this school is on par with Ivy League schools in terms of what you will learn and how challenging it is. Many great professors here. I can’t overstate the quality of some of the faculty at the HC. I’ve made connections here that have directly influenced what I have decided to study in graduate school. I have direction now that I did not have previously before attending the HC.
Now for the bad. If you come here expecting the typical (read: good) college social life you will be very VERY disappointed. Some of the students here are crazy, others have, quite honestly, terrible personalities. During my time here I’ve heard about a male student emotionally forcing his girlfriend to have an abortion, a female student lying to the cops about being raped, and another student who was baker acted. This wouldn’t be so bad if the school was larger (there’s only 200 or so students) allowing the insanity to be spread out a bit. People here usually fall into two groups, those who are socially active, but get wrapped up in crazy #%!@ or are crazy themselves, and those who isolate themselves and focus only on schoolwork to make it through this place. On the plus side i’ve made a few lasting friendships that I value dearly, but such great people are few and far between here.
To continue: the housing situation is awful. This is mainly because of the housing director, who is frankly a bit of a jerk. This guy is on a total power trip and likes to manipulate the RAs and the students. The financial advantages of working as an RA (not me) pale in comparison to the loss of self respect you will go through by jumping through this guy’s hoops. Most RAs don’t have the self-awareness to realize this. If they replaced him and treated the students with a bit more respect, this wouldn’t be so bad. It’s funny that just after I graduated (2011) they no longer force people to live in the dorms anymore. Bad luck on my part I guess.
The question you should ask yourself is what kind of student do you want to be? If you are serious and want to establish a career (this school is exceptional for pre-med) then go for it. If you want to have a bit of fun and don’t care about grades so much, I’d recommend the main campus in boca, or another school in florida such as FSU or UF. Although, I’ve dealt with alot of bad social aspects at this school, I am still grateful for attending it as it’s allowed me to begin the career I have always wanted.
Overall Score: (3.45/5.00)
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