Honors College

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. Not satisfied with high GPAs, they are driven to understand the whys and hows and strive to make the world a better place.

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Dean of Honors College

FGCU’s Honors College is an epicenter of excellence, a place for recognitions, in all senses of that word. The Honors College offers common ground for uncommon minds. Our commitment to in-depth mentoring reflects our common cause: ensuring access to excellence in public higher education.”

Dr. Tyler Fisher

     Dean, Rhodes Scholar

Advance to Graduation


Whether you are an incoming freshman, a current FGCU student, or a transfer student, the Honors College welcomes you to join our community of dedicated students.



Approximately 1,200 FGCU students call the Honors College home. Our students come from all undergraduate degree programs across FGCU, as well as students who are undeclared or undecided about their majors.



Honors Housing at North Lake


The Honors College is a community of dedicated and diverse students, faculty and staff.


Honors Student of the Year

Dominique (Dom) Berette is the Honors Student of the Year'24 award recipient. In addition to this distinction, Dom was inducted into the Hall of Fame'24. During her time in the Honors College, she served as the Vice President of the Global Medical Brigades (GMB) chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University, an Honors Ambassador, and an Honors Mentor.


Office of Competitive Fellowships


The Office of Competitive Fellowships' mission is to serve the FGCU student body by fostering intellectual and personal growth through the competitive application process. We provide support and guidance including recruitment, advising, campus endorsements, practice interviews, and post-application mentorship. Our goal is to empower students to pursue their dreams and passions.

The office is housed within the Honors College and serves all students at the University. Please make an appointment with Dr. Hilal Peker (hpeker@fgcu.edu) or stop by the Honors College for more information.

Please note that the office is for external awards and scholarships only. If you need more information, please also visit the OCF website.


Honors Junior of the Year'24

Josephina (Josie) Ansell received the Honors Junior of the Year Award for 2024. She is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and Cognition and minoring in Forensic Studies. Josie serves as an Honors Ambassador, a member of the Forensic Science Student Association, and a member of FGCU Next Level Young Adults. Josie also completed an international internship and an Honors Thesis focusing on Police Mental Health policies. In addition to her research, she has a strong passion for community service and has served over 100 service-learning hours.

Casandra Casadevalle is a Fulbright Scholar for 2024. With tremendous support from Dr. Hilal Peker, Director of the Office of Competitive Fellowships (OCF), she was one of two students to get the award for 2024. Hannalori Thress is a Fulbright semi-finalist.

Honors Students Josie Lorea and Kea Kamiya were honored at the 2022 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference in Dallas. Congratulations to Josie, Kea, and all of the FGCU faculty and staff that have supported them!

Josie was named the 2022 NCHC Student of the Year (SoY), the highest honor that NCHC can confer on an honors student. Josie succeeded Katey Ryan, the 2021 NCHC Student of the Year, who graduated from the FGCU Honors College in May 2022.

Kea was named a 2022 NCHC Portz Scholar for having written the best paper/senior honors thesis in the category of Arts and Humanities in the 2021-2022 academic year. With the other three 2022 NCHC Portz Scholars (in the categories of Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc.), Kea presented her work at a special session at the conference.




Josie Lorea
Kea Kamiya