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Fast Facts

Note: 2021-2022 data unless otherwise noted

Fifth Largest

5th largest of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. (2020-2021)

Student Profile

35,999 students
• 34% Hispanic  • 30% White  • 29% Black  • 7% all other

Financial Aid

$83 million awarded in financial aid, including scholarships.

Economic Impact On Palm Beach County

• $1.1 billion. For every $1 of spending, students gain $4.60 in lifetime earnings, taxpayers gain $6.30 in added tax revenue and public sector savings, and society gains $19.10 in added state revenue and social savings.


  • 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
  • Fifth largest of the 28 colleges comprising the Florida College System 
  • 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. 

130+ programs of study

  • Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • 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

6,261 Degrees & Certificates Awarded (2021-2022)

  • 471 Bachelor's
  • 3,582 A.A.
  • 625 A.S./A.A.S.
  • 1,583 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

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

  • 35,999 students
  • 338 enrolled in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
  • 28% full-time (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and CCP courses)
  • 72% part-time (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and CCP courses)
  • 60% female, 38% male, 2% not declared (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and CCP courses)
  • 34% Hispanic, 30% White, 29% Black, 7% All others
  • Average age 25 (fall students enrolled in credit, developmental education, and CCP courses)
  • 151 - Number of countries and territories represented among all students
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Conference: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II in the Sun Lakes Conference
  • NJCAA Teams: Men’s baseball, Men’s basketball, Women’s basketball, Women’s softball and Women’s volleyball
  • Club Sports Teams: Men's/Women’s Soccer and Wrestling
  • Colors: Green and gold


Operating Budget (2022-2023)



Palm Beach State Tuition is Among the Lowest in Florida

Search the U.S. Department of Education database on college costs, based on 2021 data, which shows that Palm Beach State had one of the lowest tuitions in Florida.

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