Palm Beach County offers a healthy variety of higher education options, ranging from one of the fastest growing public research universities in the United States to skilled trade programs to excellent private colleges to world class research institutions. In Florida the state college system is allied with the state university system, with those winning associates’ degrees guaranteed access to university enrollment. Throughout Palm Beach County higher education institutions are highly connected with the needs of business enterprises and community in support of a burgeoning economy.
Public Colleges and Universities
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
One of America’s fastest-growing public universities serves over 30,000 residential and commuter students at its Boca Raton campus. Substantial growth in recent years has accelerated under the dynamic leadership of Dr. John Kelly. Provides 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a 29,419 seat stadium, 19 intercollegiate teams attracting the participation of 450 student-athletes, and 300 campus organizations and clubs. Notable features are the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, and the FAU Lifelong Learning Society, with more than 20,000 patrons. FAU has been designated a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie foundation. It also has one of the most active record labels of any university; Hoot/Wisdom Recordings has released more than 21 albums produced by the students and commercial music faculty.
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Ave.
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Indian River State College has earned a statewide and national reputation for excellence. IRSC offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. The College offers programs not only for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree program and upper-division studies, but also for students who wish to pursue careers immediately upon completion of shorter-term Associate Degree and Technical Certificate programs. IRSC is recognized as a key partner in the continuing development of the Research Coast region and as a national model for innovative use of technology in education. IRSC was selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence out of more than 1,000 colleges nationwide and as the #3 Most Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education, and is one of only 13 institutions nationwide, and the only Florida college in 2013, selected for the prestigious Achieving the Dream™ program dedicated to helping more students achieve in college, improve their skills and earn a degree.
Palm Beach State College
4200 S Congress Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33461
This public state college was formerly the Palm Beach Community College. It is the largest postsecondary institution in Palm Beach County, serving over 48,000 students at campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, and a new campus in Loxahatchee Groves opening in 2016. PBSC offers 130 programs of study, and is ranked 11th in the nation in the number of associate degrees awarded in 2015. It is known for a high graduation rate for minority students. The Associate in Arts degree is a university transfer track, and meets the requirements for Florida’s 2+2 prepaid plan’s guarantee of admission to a state university. Career education options include such fields as health care, information technology, biotechnology, arts, and trade and industry; customized workforce training and continuing education; and professional development tracks for early learning, nursing, teaching, medical imaging and other high-demand fields.Loxahatchee Groves opening in 2016. PBSC offers 130 programs of study, and is ranked 11th in the nation in the number of associate degrees awarded in 2015. It is known for a high graduation rate for minority students. The Associate in Arts degree is a university transfer track, and meets the requirements for Florida’s 2+2 prepaid plan’s guarantee of admission to a state university. Career education options include such fields as health care, information technology, biotechnology, arts, and trade and industry; customized workforce training and continuing education; and professional development tracks for early learning, nursing, teaching, medical imaging and other high-demand fields.
Private Colleges and Universities
3601 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Lynn University is an independent, nonprofit, residential institution on a 115-acre campus featuring five freshwater lakes. It enrolls than 2,500 students from almost 100 countries and nearly all 50 U.S. states. Lynn University is consistently ranked among the top five most international universities in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list. Students life includes over 30 clubs and student organizations, and numerous intercollegiate sports teams with nearly 50 conference and national championships. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn offers a School of Aeronautics, a College of Business and Management, a Conservatory of Music, a College of Education, and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication.
New England Institute of Technology – Palm Beach
2410 Metrocentre Blvd.Metrocentre Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL, 33407
For 75 years, New England Institute of Technology has served as a technical career education specialist. With more than 40 Associate, Bachelor's, Master's and Online degree programs, and an ongoing investment in faculty, facilities, equipment and labs, New England Tech provides excellent resources to prepare graduates for their chosen careers. Programs include Architecture and Interior Design, Automotive, Building Technologies, Criminal Justice, Digital Communications, Engineering, Information Technology, Health Sciences and Veterinary Technology. The focus at New England Tech is to give each student a solid balance: a base of analytical skills with hands-on training. Most Associate Degree programs can be completed in 18 months and Bachelors Degree programs in as few as 3 years.
Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Campus
11501 N. Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Nova Southeastern University is one of the largest private, for-profit universities in Florida, serving nearly 26,000 students at all campuses. The main campus is located in Ft. Lauderdale. Nova serves the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas with a modern, regional campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Noted for small class size and personalized attention, Nova offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for majors including business, education, nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy. Nova also offers online degree programs in computer sciences, counseling and more. The university is noted for having only credentialed professors teach classes; no teaching assistants lead classes. The university offers athletics, social and professional organizations and cultural activities.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
901 S. Flagler Dr.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Offering 48 undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate and professional degrees, Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university. Enrollment in 2015 was 3,918 students. Degree programs include nursing practice, pharmacy, business administration, counseling (with many specializations available), divinity, leadership, organizational management, psychology, and more. Eighty-two percent of the faculty hold the highest degree in their field. The university offers a low 13:1 classroom ratio, and offers a wide range of activities to students, including intercollegiate and intramural sports, over 100 student music, theatre and dance performances annually, and involvement and leadership opportunities in over 40 social, professional, and religious clubs and organizations.
9801 Belvedere Road
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
South University is a private, for-profit academic institution focused primarily on offering degrees in business and the health care professions. The West Palm Beach campus serves approximately 1,100 students. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Programs include Business Administration; Counseling and Psychology; Criminal Justice; Health Science, Administration and Management; nursing; occupational therapy and theology. SU also offers online programs.
11025 RCA Center Dr. #200
West Palm Beach, FL 33410
Strayer University has been helping working adults continue their education to advance their careers since 1892. In over 120 years Strayer has helped over 100,000 students earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees with both online courses and degree programs on campus. Strayer offers programs in Business and Finance, Education, Health Services Administration, Criminal Justice and Information Technology. The university also offers the Jack Welch Executive MBA program, designed by Jack Welch and covering the full range of key business areas including strategy, marketing, finance, operations and leadership. Flexible schedules allow working people to continue their education while employed.