FINANCIAL AID RATE72%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO24:1
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$5,905
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
Palm Beach State College
Also known as Palm Beach Atlantic PBA
901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach State College (PBSC), located in Lake Worth, Florida, was formerly called Palm Beach Community College (PBCC). PBSC was the oldest community college in Florida, formerly a two-year institution offering associate's degrees in arts, science, and applied science. With its name change and expansion, the school continues to offer associate's degrees in these areas, as well as technical certificates, and now also offers a four-year bachelor's degree. Students may choose many programs of study that allow them to transfer their credits to a four-year institution.
Palm Beach State College also offers Distance Learning programs, with both credit and non-credit courses available online. The online course goals and objectives for distance learning programs are the same as those offered on campus.
Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 as Palm Beach Junior College. It initially had 41 students enrolled, and it was housed in a building adjacent to Palm Beach High School. Palm Beach State College's main campus west of Lake Worth opened in 1955. The Belle Glade campus opened in 1978, and the Palm Beach Gardens campus opened in 1980. The opening of the Boca Raton campus followed in 1983. The college's name was changed in 1988 to Palm Beach Community College, as a reflection of its broader scope of programs and services. Further expansion and development of its educational offerings led to its most recent name change to Palm Beach State College in 2010.
The academic calendar of Palm Beach State College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer "terms." Within each academic term there are four sessions. Students have the option to attend a full term of 16 weeks, or to enroll in a shorter session of either eight weeks or 12 weeks.
Colleges and Schools
Palm Beach State College is divided into Programs of Study, rather than into colleges and schools. Palm Beach State College's Programs of Study include:
- General Education
- Bachelor of Applied Science
- Associate in Arts Degree (University Transfer)
- Business and Office Management
- Child Care, Human Services and Teacher Education
- Computer Science and Information Technology
- Creative Arts and Communications
- Health Care
- Public Safety
- Science and Environment
- Trade and Industry
Each of the four campuses of Palm Beach State College has a Campus of Student Activities Office that provides students with a list of activities that are opportunities for involvement and connecting with other students. There are a variety of student clubs and organizations, many intramural sports activities, as well as academic, community service, and leadership programs, among others.
Student services include a Career Center, Testing Center, Wellness Center, Student Learning Center, Veteran Services Center, and more.
Palm Beach State College's mascot is the panther, and the school colors are green and gold.
The Palm Beach State College "Panthers" athletics teams participate in several intercollegiate sports including:
Palm Beach State College has four campuses in and around the Lake Worth, Florida area:
- Belle Glade Campus
- Boca Raton Campus
- Lake Worth Campus
- Palm Beach Gardens Campus
Palm Beach State College has several arts and entertainment facilities on its campuses that are open to the general community. It has three theatres located on three of its campuses: Belle Glade (Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center), Lake Worth (Duncan Theatre), and Palm Beach Gardens (Eissey Campus Theatre). These theatres are open to students and community members and offer a full calendar of performances year round.
On Palm Beach State College's Lake Worth campus is the Jan and Gary Dario Gallery, "dedicated to promoting artistic excellence within the visual arts in the Palm Beach area." The gallery holds and annual national painting, drawing and printmaking competition that features local and national artists and is judged by museum directors and curators from the local community.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the students Palm Beach State College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,400-$2,900
- Out-of-State: $8,700-$10,450
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $100-$120 per unit
- Out-of-State: $360-$440 per unit
- May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||72%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||65%||$6,545|
|Receiving Student Loans||7%||$3,642|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Palm Beach State College may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Palm Beach State College
- Dental Assistant Program
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Montessori Teacher Education Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens Campus
- Radiology Technician Program
- * Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1992)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Palm Beach State College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges
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- Broward College in Cocoa, FL (35 miles away)
- Miami Dade College in Miami Lakes, FL (58 miles away)
- Indian River State College in St. Petersburg, FL (58 miles away)
- South Florida State College in Palatka, FL (110 miles away)
- Edison State College in Saint Petersburg, FL (111 miles away)
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