Florida Atlantic University – John D. MacArthur Campus
Florida Atlantic University has been an integral part of higher education in the northern part of Palm Beach County for several decades. In Fall 1999, the University opened the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter as the permanent home for its expanding programs.
Conveniently located off I-95 and Donald Ross Road within Jupiter's Abacoa community, the campus presently enrolls more than 2,000 students and offers a wide range of upper-division and graduate programs. In addition to housing the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Jupiter campus is also home to a thriving Lifelong Learning Society which provides non-credit liberal arts courses for students of all ages.
The campus currently occupies approximately 45 acres with 18 buildings totaling more than 333,000 square feet: eight classroom/office buildings, a library, a 500-seat auditorium, two residence halls, a dining hall, museum building and central utility plant. Recreational facilities include a soccer field, swimming pool, disc golf course and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.
Scripps Florida recently completed construction of its permanent facilities, located on 30 acres within the campus boundaries. In early 2009 the Max Planck Society began its temporary occupation of 2 campus research buildings, with plans for construction of a permanent structure on 6 acres of land near Scripps Florida.
FAU Jupiter is one of the nation’s best buys in higher education. It offers first-rate facilities and academic programs at affordable state tuition. FAU Jupiter provides the benefits of a small campus setting and the resources of a large public research university, while serving as a significant cultural and intellectual center for the community.
The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, which opened in the Fall of 1999, is the first public honors institution to be built from the ground up in the United States. Its intellectual foundation is a belief in liberal arts education as the best preparation for a full and productive life.
With one faculty for every ten students, classes are small, and learning is pursued in formal and informal settings. Students have the opportunity to work on research projects one-on-one with outstanding faculty holding Ph.D.'s from leading universities. Student/faculty collaborations have resulted in publications in scholarly journals and our graduates have gone on to some of the top graduate and professional programs in the country..
A number of universities offer honors programs or honors colleges. But unlike the honors options at almost all of these other universities, at the Wilkes Honors College you are able to take all your classes within the Honors College, and your professors are faculty whose full-time appointments are to the Honors College: we provide an all-honors education at an all-honors college. The Honors College is built around the traditions of the classic American liberal arts education. Enrollment is limited to approximately 500 top scholars, while creative learning opportunities will know virtually no limits. Cross-disciplinary and customized courses of study, plus one-on-one student- faculty interaction, are key elements of the Honors College experience.
The Lifelong Learning Society at FAU Jupiter is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by offering non-credit, university level courses with no homework, grades or tests. This community of learners of all ages enjoys their own curriculum, along with concerts and entertainment
The LLS program, established in 1980 on the Boca Raton campus, and implemented in northern Palm Beach County in 1997, grew from 120 to more than 7,100 students and over 20,000 class registrations. There are now more than 70 courses available, taught by FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers from October through July. Course offerings include such varied subjects as foreign policy, music, art, history, science, literature, philosophy, current events and films.
In August 2005, the new Elinor Bernon Rosenthal Lifelong Learning Complex was completed. The complex houses the Tamar and Milton Maltz Center for Education - a 500-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium - and the Perloff East and West wings, which consist of three classrooms and the LLS administrative offices. Phone: 561-799-8667