Higher Education in Palm Beach
Palm Beach County offers tremendous postsecondary education, from a wide array of private career and technical colleges to one of the fastest growing universities in the United States, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), located in Boca Raton. The university enrolls over 30,000 students in over 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an exceptional public research university. The faculty includes over 1,000 accomplished scholars and researchers, selected for their excellence in teaching and mentoring. FAU offers distinguished programs including the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center.
FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society has more than 20,000 patrons enrolled, and is one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the United States. The economic impact of FAU on the local economy is $6.3 billion.
Palm Beach State College has campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and an online program, offering associate’s degrees, professional certificates and apprenticeships programs in 110 fields of study, as well as bachelor’s degrees in nursing, information management and supervision management. Programs range from graphic design to environmental technology to fire science. About 48,000 students enroll at PBSC annually.
Among private universities in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton’s Lynn University stands out for its ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five most international universities in the United States. Over 2,500 students come from nearly 100 countries and all 50 states. Among Lynn’s specialized academic units are the Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics, and the Lynn College of International Communication.
Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, is a private Christian university providing more than 65 fields of study. Most programs are offered at the bachelor’s degree level, though the school offers an associate degree in pre-engineering, as well as master’s degrees in divinity, business administration, leadership and counseling. The school offers both Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.
Also found in Palm Beach County are local campuses for universities located in other parts of Florida, including the Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Campus.
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