4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
(561) 967-7222
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At a Glance

Serving 48,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest higher education institution in Palm Beach County, providing bachelor’s and associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. Founded in 1933 as Florida's first public community college, PBSC offers over 130 affordable, quality programs at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade, with a fifth campus under construction in Loxahatchee Groves. Premier programs include health sciences, public safety, biotechnology and the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College. PBSC is the nation’s 11th largest producer of associate degrees, and more Palm Beach County high school graduates choose PBSC than any other institution.

Palm Beach State College (PBSC) is a Public institution located in the South region of Florida. PBSC has Regional Accreditation and is affiliated with HSI.

The main campus in Lake Worth, FL has a City feeling.

Palm Beach State College offers programs that lead to the following types of degrees:

  • Associate (2 yr.)
  • Bachelor's (4 yr.)
  • Certificate
Highest Enrollment Programs
  • AA- General/Transfer AA
  • AS- Nursing
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Student Body (as of Fall 2015)

Enrollment Status
Enrollment Status
Enrollment Type Number of Students
Full Time 13920
Part Time 34080

Part-time students outnumber full-time students (2.45:1) at Palm Beach State College.

Diversity
Diversity
Ethnicity Percentage of Students
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.40
Asian 3.30
Black/African American 25.80
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.30
Hispanic/Latino 28.20
White/Caucasian 37.50
Other/Unknown 4.50

The most common ethnicity is White/Caucasian (37.5%) followed by Hispanic/Latino (28.2%.)

Gender
Gender
Gender Percentage of Students
Female 56.70
Male 43.30

At 56.7%, female students outnumber male students by a significant margin. Percentages are based on "as reported" values.

Additional Information

Palm Beach State College attracts a diverse student body representing 145 countries. More than 2/3 are enrolled part-time, 56.7% are female, average age is 24, and 7,651 take at least one class online.

Enrollment Stats
Total Students: 48,000
Undergraduate Students: 48,000
Graduate Students: 0
Average Student Age: 24
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Costs and Financial Aid (as of 2015)

24
Credit Hours
for Full-Time
$101
In-State Tuition
per Credit Hour
$363
Out-Of-State Tuition
per Credit Hour
Yes
Bright Futures
Scholarships
Additional Information

Over $76 million was awarded in financial aid for 2013/14 year.  Over 60% of PBSC students receive some form of financial aid.  64% of financial aid students receive maximum Pell grant allowed by Department of Education.  Average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/14 was $3,173.  Average scholarship awarded was $1,064.

Scholarships

Palm Beach State offers a wide range of scholarships for students. Merit based scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of scholastic ability, talent, area of study, or leadership potential. Others, known as need-based scholarships, are awarded on the basis of financial need. Generally students should apply for Financial Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov, be in a degree-seeking program and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA for most awards.   Scholarship information can be found on Palm Beach State College's financial aid website  http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/financialaid/scholarships/

Estimated Full-Time Costs
Estimated Full-Time Costs
Category Cost
Full-Time Tuition 2880.00
Books and Supplies 1500.00
Housing Costs 6300.00

The total estimated full time costs of $10,680.00 consists of $2,880.00 for Tuition, $1,500.00 for Books and Supplies, and $6,300.00 for Housing.

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Admissions (as of 2016)

100%
Freshman Applicants
Accepted
$40
Student
Application Fee
N/A
Required
Tuition Deposit
N/A
Average GPA
for Merit Scholarship
Admissions Policy
Palm Beach State College follows an Open Admissions policy. Test scores and/or GPA are not factors in the admissions decision. A high school diploma or GED certificate is required.
Admission Notification Plan
Notification sent by e-mail
Additional Information

In keeping with our mission to provide equal access to its educational programs, Palm Beach State College maintains an open door admission policy.  The College accepts applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.  In addition, Palm Beach State College conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for maintaining and protecting student records, as outlined in the College Catalog. Admission to the College does not ensure acceptance into a particular course or program of study.  Some college credit programs have special admissions requirements.  Refer to the Areas of Study section of the College Catalog for additional information.

Application Deadlines
Academic Period Admissions Deadline Financial Aid Deadline
2014 Summer N/A 04/15/2014
2014 Fall N/A 07/15/2014
2015 Spring N/A 11/01/2014
2015 Summer N/A 04/15/2015
2016 Fall N/A 07/15/2015
* Note: Palm Beach State College follows a Rolling Admissions policy.
Additional Deadlines Information

Here is an important link for potential students:  http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/prospectivestudents/default.aspx

The college calendar provides the timeframes for registration through the academic year.  Academic Calendar: http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/academiccalendar/

 

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Distance Learning (as of 2015)

Enrollment Procedures

All students whether taking online or traditional on-campus classes will register in the same manner.

For more information: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/howtoregister.aspx

 

Distance Learning Fees

Distance Learning fees are $12 per credit hour.  This is subject to change.

Additional Information

Palm Beach State College offers e-learning classes in both credit and non-credit areas that require few (if any) on-campus meetings. Classes are designed to provide close interaction with instructors while also allowing greater time and space flexibility to serve the students' needs. Use of email, discussion boards, synchronous online chat rooms and Web conferencing occur to encourage effective communication with students and instructor or student-to-student interaction. These courses are rigorous and cover the same material as on-campus classes. Credits earned though e-learning course work are transferable and appear on transcripts identically as in-class courses.

Most Notable Programs
  • Supervision & Management
  • Information Management
  • Nursing - BSN
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Distance Learning Courses

Palm Beach State College publishes Distance Learning courses on the FloridaShines Course Catalog. Students enrolled in other Florida public institutions can start registration as transient students directly from the catalog.

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Campuses

Main Campus
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL  33461
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(561) 967-7222
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Belle Glade
1977 College Drive
Belle Glade, FL  33430
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(561) 967-7222
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Boca Raton
3000 Saint Lucie Avenue
Boca Raton, FL  33431
USA
(561) 967-7222
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Lake Worth
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL  33461
USA
(561) 967-7222
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Palm Beach Gardens
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
USA
(561) 967-7222
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Academic Programs

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Campus Life (as of 2014)

Activities
Greek Academic Organizations
Greek Fraternities
Greek Sororities
Social Fraternities
Social Sororities
Academic Honor Societies
Professional Associations
Marching Band
Special Interest Clubs / Organizations
Symphony Orchestra
Student Government Association
Theater
On-Campus Housing Options
Co-Ed
Female Only
Male Only
Palm Beach State College does not offer on-campus housing.
On-Campus Services
Fitness Services
Child Care Services
Medical Services
Palm Beach State College offers Fitness and Child Care services but not Medical services.
Additional Information

Palm Beach State College has numerous student activities for students to enhance their college experience.  Engaging activities, events, workshops, and travel opportunities are offered throughout the year.  Students can participate in Civic Engagement, Diversity Awareness, Health & Wellness, Intramural Sports, Academic Competition, Community Service, Career Development, and Leadership Development activities.  In addition, the College has over 100 clubs & organizations offering social, political, special interest, academic, and faith-based opportunities for students to get involved. 

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Sports

Intercollegiate Sports
Sport Men's Team Women's Team
Scholarships Available
Baseball
Basketball
Softball
Volleyball
Intramural Sports
Soccer
Additional Information

Palm Beach State College participates in intercollegiate men's baseball, men and women’s basketball, and women's softball and volleyball. Palm Beach State plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I in the Southern Conference. The college mascot is the Panther and our college colors are green and gold.

Scholarships are available in all sports for those student athletes who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in their sport and academic achievement. Please contact the coach of your sport for additional information.

The Palm Beach State College Panther Athletic Department is proud to sponsor 5 National Junior College Athletic Association certified sports; Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball and Women's Softball. We have an outstanding group of coaches, athletes and support personnel that drive the momentum of this department.

Team Identity
“Panthers”
Memberships
Palm Beach State College competes as part of the following organizations:
  • NJCAA
  • Florida Junior College Conference
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Contact Directory

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