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

Founded in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State College has been an integral player in the growth and prosperity of Palm Beach County. Our graduates impact every industry and are community and business leaders. With more than 130 programs of study, PBSC offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning. More than 40,000 students enroll annually in face-to-face, online, live online and hybrid classes at five convenient locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves.

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 Suburban 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
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Student Body (as of Fall 2021)

Enrollment Status
Enrollment Status
Enrollment Type Number of Students
Full Time 7090
Part Time 17918

Part-time students outnumber full-time students (2.53:1) at Palm Beach State College.

Ethnicity Percentage of Students
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.20
Asian 3.10
Black/African American 28.00
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.20
Hispanic/Latino 32.90
White/Caucasian 28.90
Other/Unknown 6.70

The most common ethnicity is Hispanic/Latino (32.9%) followed by White/Caucasian (28.9%.)

Gender Percentage of Students
Female 60.40
Male 39.60

At 60.4%, female students outnumber male students by a very significant margin. Percentages are based on "as reported" values.

Additional Information

Palm Beach State College attracts a diverse student body representing nearly 140 countries.  About 7 in 10 students identifies with a minority group, and nearly 80% take at least one online class during the fall term.

Enrollment Stats
Total Students: 25,008
Undergraduate Students: 25,008
Graduate Students: 0
Average Student Age: 25
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Costs and Financial Aid (as of 2018)

Credit Hours
for Full-Time
In-State Tuition
per Credit Hour
Out-Of-State Tuition
per Credit Hour
Bright Futures
Additional Information

Over $66 million was awarded in financial aid for 2016/17 year.  Over 60% of PBSC students receive some form of financial aid.  60% of financial aid students receive maximum Pell grant allowed by Department of Education.  Average Pell Grant awarded for 2016/17 was $3,226.  Average scholarship awarded was $912.


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. Students must apply for Financial Aid, 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.

Estimated Full-Time Costs
Estimated Full-Time Costs
Category Cost
Full-Time Tuition 2880.00
Books and Supplies 1800.00
Housing Costs 6300.00

The total estimated full time costs of $10,980.00 consists of $2,880.00 for Tuition, $1,800.00 for Books and Supplies, and $6,300.00 for Housing.

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Admissions (as of 2023)

Freshman Applicants
Application Fee
Tuition Deposit
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
* Note: Palm Beach State College follows a Rolling Admissions policy.
Additional Deadlines Information

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 2023)

PBSC now offers 'Live Online' courses -- live lectures in webinar settings enriched by asynchronous activities through the Learning Management System (Canvas).
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 for asynchronous Online courses (i.e., Canvas) and $10 per course for Live Online courses (i.e., Zoom synchronous / real-time online lectures).  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
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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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Main Campus
4200 South Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL  33461
(561) 967-7222
Belle Glade
1977 College Drive
Belle Glade, FL  33430
(561) 967-7222
Boca Raton
3000 Saint Lucie Avenue
Boca Raton, FL  33431
(561) 967-7222
Lake Worth
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL  33461
(561) 967-7222
Loxahatchee Groves
15845 Southern Boulevard
Loxahatchee Groves, FL  33470
(561) 790-9000
Palm Beach Gardens
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
(561) 967-7222
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Campus Life (as of 2018)

Clubs and activities for students to participate in during their collegiate time at PBSC includes: PBSC Drumline Model UN Model Legislature Brain Bowl Math Olympic Team M.E.N. of Palm Beach
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
On-Campus Housing Options
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 services but not Child Care or 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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Intercollegiate Sports
Sport Men's Team Women's Team
Scholarships Available
Beach Volleyball
Additional Information

Palm Beach State College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and competes at the intercollegiate Division II level in Region 8 in the following sports: Baseball, Men and Women’s Basketball, Women's Beach Volleyball, and Women’s Volleyball. The College is a member of the Sun Lake Conference, which is governed by the Council of Athletic Affairs (CAA), a division of the Florida College System Activities Association (FSCAA).

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 college mascot is the Panther and the college colors are green and gold.

Team Identity
Palm Beach State College competes as part of the following organizations:
  • NJCAA Division II
  • Sun Lake Conference
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Distance Learning

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Fees & Payments

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Financial Aid

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