Take learning to a higher level
While all students are urged to take an active role in their education, Honors College students lead the way. They aren’t satisfied with high GPAs — they are driven to know the whys and hows and strive to make the world a better place.
Current StudentsApproximately 1,100 FGCU students call the Honors College home. We have student representatives from each academic degree program.
About HonorsThe Honors College is a community of dedicated and diverse students, faculty and staff.
Honors International Impact
Honors College students have many opportunities to participate in study abroad courses and substantial international research and service programs. As an Honors student, we hope the question is not “if you will study abroad,” but “where are you going to go?” See where Honors students have been studying, researching, and serving in the interactive map below.
Honors in the News
Solano, 21, who spent her undergraduate years as a highly visible Honors College student around campus working in projects with University Marketing & Communications, was connected with Chad Evers as her supervisor on the anti-glitter project by the instructor in her own University Colloquium class, Jessica Marcolini. (Article: Keith Gibson, FGCU 360/Photo: James Greco)
Junior Honors Student star Cortney VanLiew is excelling in the classroom and on the court. “When your best players are the hardest working people in the gym, that’s when you have good things happen,” Botsford said VanLiew, who also is an honorable mention All-American, 3.9 GPA accounting major and president of the FGCU Eagles Council student-athlete advisory committee." (Article: Seth Soffian, FGCU 360/Photo: Brad Young)
Multiple Honors students work with faculty, Seneshaw Tsegaye, on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus System project. The integrated WEF system turns solid waste and wastewater into both a biogas energy source that can substitute for propane, and into nutrient-rich, recycled water for fertilized irrigation. In other words, the FGCU engineering team is working to convert your garbage into sustainable gold. (Article: Keith Gibson, FGCU 360/Photo: James Greco)
Honors students, Hannah Arteaga and Alana McFadden, are part of the FGCU student and faculty group that researched how social workers in Puerto Rico assisted communities and individuals in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (Article: Karen Booth, FGCU 360)
With a grant from the Honors College, where Krista served as a mentor to other honors students, she went to Bali for two weeks to teach English and environmental education to fourth-graders. And that’s when everything changed. (Article: Tierney Sadler, FGCU 360/Photo: Jared Pearlman)
Hernandez-Isidro’s research began last semester as an Honors College contract when Dr. Derek Lura, assistant professor in bioengineering, introduced him to Jennifer Lee, who was referred to FGCU during a fitting for her new wheelchair. (Article: Karen Booth, FGCU 360/Photo: James Greco)
Service-learning with wildlife helped Ricky Cassell (Honors Alum '18) find a passion and a career path. (Article: Drew Sterwald, FGCU 360/Photo; James Greco)
“I didn’t realize I was going to love organic chemistry so much … this has been just awesome,” said senior Jacob Foster, who’s earning a biology major and chemistry minor and hopes to one day pursue orthopedics or pediatrics in medical school. “This experience has really helped me excel in my other classwork, develop confidence in my independent critical-thinking skills and learn to take the knowledge in my head and apply it to real-world problems.” (Article: Keith Gibson, FGCU 360)
Daryl Cordova came to Florida Gulf Coast University as a first-generation college student who planned to one day make a difference in the lives of others as a social worker. But as is the case with many undergraduates, Cordova, from Lehigh Acres, changed course. Switching to a political science major his sophomore year, the Honors College student still plans to make a difference, but on a bigger stage. Instead of creating impact at the grassroots level of social work, Cordova hopes to do so on the more wide-reaching platform of government work. (Article: Keith Gibson, FGCU 360)
Fabiana Solano, an Honor's College Student, is graduating with a 3.8 overall grade point average and a 4.0 GPA in her major. She is a Florida Public Relations Association member and an Award of Distinction winner. (Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press Article: Brooke Baitinger USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA)
A summa cum laude graduate in biology, Xylia Horgan, plans to practice pediatric oncology. Horgan is spending her so-called “off” time immersed in research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the nation’s biomedical research institution — in Bethesda, Md.
The Mississippi Blues Legends Festival at FGCU offers not just a chance to enjoy an outdoor concert of soul-stirring, hip-swaying music from the Deep South played by established artists from Clarksdale, Miss. Presented by the Honors College, it’s also an opportunity to learn — about the past and present of Delta blues and about the musicians keeping alive the tradition of sizzling slide guitars and passionate singing
Honors students Chandler Burwell and Kaliegh McFadden are spending a semester studying, living, eating, and playing at the Harlaxton College Manor in London. Thanks to FGCU's partnership with the British campus of the University of Evansville (Indiana) the opportunity to spend a semester at Harlaxton College, London is open to all students.
During the Freedom To Serve course, Jacob Byrd was able to connect with Dr. James Douglas’ friend Vik Chhabra, a Captains for Clean Water activist who works closely with former WINK News reporter and leader of For Truth Media Chris Grisby.
"Sieger was one of 15 undergraduates chosen from across the United States by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, D.C., for 2018-19 funding to study abroad. An art and English double-major, she is studying Chinese language and culture at Soochow University."
We're so proud of Honors College alum Jamie Gaitor for all his success and are excited to see what's ahead for him. Honors Development Grants assisted Jamie in his academic career.
A group of Honors students and staff participated in a three-day immersion program in Immokalee, Fla., working with nonprofit organizations in the community.
15 students study, bring aid and explore the Peruvian Amazon alongside leaders of the Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Scholarship.
Congratulations to the 6 Honors students among 10 Eagles inducted into the FGCU Hall of Fame in 2018.
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