Palm Beach State College

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School Overview

Palm Beach State College, previously known as Palm Beach Community College, is a public, coeducational college located in Lake Worth, Florida. It is one of twenty-eight higher education institutions that belong to the Florida College System. With nearly 50,000 students, Palm Beach State College is one of the largest higher education institutions in Florida and one of the largest state colleges in the nation. Palm Beach State College was first established as Palm Beach Junior College and later became Palm Beach Community College. Within the last few years its name was changed, yet again, to Palm Beach State College.

Palm Beach State College has an annual enrollment of roughly 50,000 students who participate in over 100 different educational programs. The college offers several degrees including the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.). Palm Beach State College also offers professional certificates and a large selection of continuing education and vocational programs. The college launched its first baccalaureate program (a B.A.S degree) in Supervision & Management in 2009 when it achieved the status of “State College”. In 2011, Palm Beach State College added a bachelor’s degree in Information Management and a year later in Nursing. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award A.A., A.S., A.A.S., B.A. and B.S. degrees.

General Information

Admission Office

4200 Congress Avenue

Lake Worth, FL 33461

(561) 868-3300

Fax: (561) 868-3584

Contact: Edward Mueller

District Registrar
Main Address

4200 Congress Avenue

Lake Worth, FL 33461

(561) 967-7222

Total undergrads: 25,122

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,110

Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,428


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for dental, nursing, dietetic, occupational therapy assistant programs. Admission to paramedic, radiography, respiratory care programs based on test scores and GPA.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $1,614 $1,820 $1,990 $2,158 +8.44%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,500 $1,750 $1,750 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,814 $3,320 $3,740 $3,908 +4.49%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,603 56%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,603 56% $6,012,077 $3,751
• Federal grants 1,008 36% $3,721,558 $3,692
• Pell grants 1,008 36% $3,527,632 $3,500
• Other federal grants 254 9% $193,926 $763
Local and state government scholarships or grants 572 20% $1,614,106 $2,822
Institutional scholarships or grants 320 11% $676,413 $2,114
Student loan financial aid 226 8% $758,343 $3,356
• Federal student loans 226 8% $758,343 $3,356
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOC/PHD AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3245 1817
Agriculture, General 2 28
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 28
Architecture and Related Services 10
Interior Architecture 10
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 63 317
Accounting and Related Services, Other 6
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 6
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General 34 74
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business and Personal/financial Services Marketing Operations 80
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 21
Executive Assistant/executive Secretary 5 15
Finance, General
Hospitality Administration/management, General 12
Hotel/motel Administration/management 18
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 2 3
Management Information Systems, General 4
Marketing/marketing Management, General 2
Office Management and Supervision
Operations Management and Supervision 4
Real Estate 77
Restaurant/food Services Management 17
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/technician
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 28 22
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 5
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 23 22
Construction Trades, General 10
Building/construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other
Carpentry/carpenter 7
Electrician 3
Painting/painter and Wall Coverer
Pipefitting/pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter
Plumbing Technology/plumber
Education 2 107
Curriculum and Instruction 30
Education, Other 73
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 4
Engineering Technology, General 3 14
Architectural Drafting and Architectural Cad/cadd
Architectural Engineering Technology/technician 8
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 6
Construction Engineering Technology/technician
Drafting and Design Technology/technician, General
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 2
Electrical/electronics Drafting and Electrical/electronics Cad/cadd
Environmental Control Technologies/technicians, Other 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 276 532
Dental Assisting/assistant 12
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 18
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 2 13
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 22 236
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 15
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 45
Massage Therapy/therapeutic Massage 34
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 29 95
Medical/clinical Assistant 12
Nursing Assistant/aide and Patient Care Assistant/aide 34
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Psychiatric/mental Health Services Technician 15 17
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 173
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 17
Surgical Technology/technologist 19
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 24 419
Corrections 124
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 3
Criminal Justice/police Science 122
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 6 6
Fire Protection, Other 4
Fire Science/fire-fighting 113
Fire Services Administration 33
Forensic Science and Technology 15 17
Human Services, General 1
Public Administration 1
Legal Studies, General 21
Legal Assistant/paralegal 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2773
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 2773
Mechanics and Repairers, General 94
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 75
Diesel Mechanics Technology/technician 2
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 6
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/technician
Medium/heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/technician 11
Personal and Culinary Services 85
Cosmetology/cosmetologist, General 33
Facial Treatment Specialist/facialist 32
Nail Technician/specialist and Manicurist 20
Precision Production Trades, General 14
Machine Shop Technology/assistant 5
Sheet Metal Technology/sheetworking
Welding Technology/welder 9
Science Technologies/technicians, General 3
Biology Technician/biotechnology Laboratory Technician 3
Transportation and Materials Moving 4
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 3
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 1
Truck and Bus Driver/commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor
Visual and Performing Arts 9 9
Cinematography and Film/video Production 1 6
Commercial and Advertising Art 8 3
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Work and Family Studies 27 165
Child Care and Support Services Management 63
Child Care Provider/assistant 27 102
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticulture, Ornamental A

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation A
Arts – General A
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Film Production/Cinematography A
Fine/Studio Arts A
Interior Design A
Jazz Studies A
Music – General A
Photography A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A
Zoology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A
Finance/Banking A
Hospitality Administration/Management A
Management Information Systems A
Marketing Management A
Sales and Distribution A

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism A
Journalism A

Communications Technologies

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General A
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Computer Systems Analysis A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Information Sciences/Systems A

Construction Trades

Building/Property Maintenance A,C
Carpentry C
Electrician C
Masonry/Tile Setting C
Pipefitting C
Power/Electric Transmission C


Art Teacher Education A
Early Childhood Education A
Elementary Education A
Health Occupations Teacher Education A
Health Teacher Education A
Music Teacher Education A
Physical Education A
Sales/Marketing Education A
Science Teacher Education A
Secondary Education A
Social Science Teacher Education A


Electrical/Communications Engineering A
Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting C
Computer Software C
Construction/Building Technologies A
Drafting and Design Technology A
Electrical Engineering Technologies A
Electrical/Electronics Drafting C
Engineering/Industrial Management A
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration C
Mechanical Drafting C
Surveying Technology A
Telecommunications C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A
Child Care Service C
Family/Consumer Sciences – General A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Dental Assistance C
Dental Hygiene A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Health Services – General A
Massage Therapy A
Medical Administrative Assistance C
Medical Assistance C
Medical Dietetics A
Medical Insurance Billing C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistance C
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Premedicine A
Public Health A
Respiratory Therapy A
Surgical Technology C


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair C
Automotive Technology A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C
Marine Maintenance/Ship Repair A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness A
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A

Personal & Culinary Services

Cosmetology C
Culinary Arts/Related Services C
Facial Treatments C
Manicure/Nails C
Personal & Culinary Services – General C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Physics A

Precision Production Trades

CabinetmakingMillwork C
Welding Technology C


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Human Services A
Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Corrections C
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Fire Services Administration A
Police Science C

Social Sciences

Anthropology A
Geography A
International Relations A
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Palm Beach State College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(561) 967-7222
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:30,520
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:22,984 (75% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$2,444
Out-of-state Tuition:$8,732
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:68%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,598

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Palm Beach State College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Palm Beach State College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences22
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1261
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services941
Construction Trades7
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields33
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Health Professions and Related Programs1591
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service104
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians8
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Personal and Culinary Services3
Precision Production2
Science Technologies/Technicians1
Social Sciences1
Transportation and Materials Moving22
Visual and Performing Arts12
Grand total81393

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Palm Beach State College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Palm Beach State College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,50868%
Grant or scholarship aid1,40464%$5,598
Student loan aid24111%$3,943

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,79243%$5,252
Federal student loans2,6139%$4,454

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Palm Beach State College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Palm Beach State College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Palm Beach State College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment30,520
Undergraduate enrollment30,520
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Palm Beach State College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
    • Montessori Education (MONTE) - Montessori teacher education programs and institutions
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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