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Fourth Largest
4th largest of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System


 

Student Profile
49,000 students
34% White     • 30% Hispanic
• 25% Black     • 11% all other

 

Financial Aid
$80.4 million awarded in financial aid, including scholarships



 

Economic Impact
on Palm Beach County

• $1.1 billion
• Employs 3,550 full-time &
   part-time staff and faulty

 

  • Founded in 1933 as Florida's first public junior college
  • Merged with Roosevelt Junior College in 1965
  • Changed name from Palm Beach Junior College to Palm Beach Community College in 1988
  • Began offering its first bachelor's degree in fall 2009
  • Changed named to Palm Beach State College on Jan. 12, 2010 to reflect new bachelor's degree offerings
  • Governed by a five-member District Board of Trustees appointed by the governor
  • Fourth largest of the 28 colleges comprising the Florida College System 
  • Largest institution of higher learning in Palm Beach County.
  • Average class size of 23

Belle Glade  |  Boca Raton  |  Lake Worth  |  Loxahatchee GrovesPalm Beach Gardens

The College also has a satellite location in the Count and Countess de Hoernle Historic Building in West Palm Beach. It houses The Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education, which provides training and support to early childhood educators in Palm Beach County.

130+ programs of study

  • Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Associate in Arts transfer degree
  • Associate in Science career degrees
  • College credit certificates
  • Job preparatory programs
  • Corporate and continuing education
  • Customized training
  • Lifelong learning

6,599 Degrees & Certificates Awarded (2017-18)

  • 353 Bachelor's
  • 3,622 A.A.
  • 681 A.S./A.A.S.
  • 1,943 Certificates

College credit courses:
Florida resident: $101.00/credit hour
Non-Florida resident: $363.00/credit hour

Bachelor's degree courses:
Florida resident: $122.85/credit hour
Non-Florida resident: $558.00/credit hour

PSAV certificate courses:
Florida resident: $83.40/credit hour, $2.78/contact hour
Non-Florida resident: $327.30/credit hour, $10.91/contact hour

  • 49,000 students
  • 42,460 enrolled in credit courses
  • 6,644 enrolled in non-credit courses
  • 557 enrolled in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
  • 28% full-time (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and PSAV courses)
  • 72% part-time (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and PSAV courses)
  • 57% female, 43% male (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and PSAV courses)
  • 34% White, 30% Hispanic, 25% Black, 11% All others
  • Average age 24 (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and PSAV courses)
  • 123 - Number of countries and territories represented among all students
  • 17,992 - Number enrolled in distance learning courses
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Conference: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I in the Southern Conference
  • NJCAA Teams: Men’s baseball, Men’s basketball, Women’s basketball, Women’s softball and Women’s volleyball
  • Club Sports Teams: Men's and Women’s Soccer
  • Colors: Green and gold

 

Financial Aid (2017-18)

$80.4 million awarded in financial aid, including scholarships.

 

Operating Budget (2018-19)

$132.5 million

 

Economic Impact on Palm Beach County

  • $1.1 billion (2013)
  • Employs 3,550 full-time and part-time staff & faculty (2018)

 

Palm Beach State Tuition is Among the Lowest in Florida

Search the U.S. Department of Education database on college costs, based on 2016-2017 data, which shows that Palm Beach State had one of the lowest tuitions in Florida.

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