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.)
- AA- General/Transfer AA
- AS- Nursing
Student Body (as of Fall 2015)
|Enrollment Type||Number of Students|
Part-time students outnumber full-time students (2.45:1) at Palm Beach State College.
|Ethnicity||Percentage of Students|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.40|
The most common ethnicity is White/Caucasian (37.5%) followed by Hispanic/Latino (28.2%.)
|Gender||Percentage of Students|
At 56.7%, female students outnumber male students by a significant margin. Percentages are based on "as reported" values.
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.
|Average Student Age:||24|
Costs and Financial Aid (as of 2015)
per Credit Hour
per Credit Hour
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.
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/
|Books and Supplies||1500.00|
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.
Admissions (as of 2016)
for Merit Scholarship
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.
|Academic Period||Admissions Deadline||Financial Aid Deadline|
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/
Distance Learning (as of 2015)
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 are $12 per credit hour. This is subject to change.
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.
- Supervision & Management
- Information Management
- Nursing - BSN
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.Explore Courses
Campus Life (as of 2014)
|Greek Academic Organizations|
|Academic Honor Societies|
|Special Interest Clubs / Organizations|
|Student Government Association|
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.
|Sport||Men's Team||Women's Team|
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.