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Palm Beach State College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the certificate programs offered at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Palm Beach State College

Originally known as Palm Beach Junior College at it's founding in 1933, Palm Beach State College became the first public junior college in Florida. In 2009, it began offering bachelor's degrees and in 2010, the school became Palm Beach State College.

In addition to Lake Worth, there are locations in Boca Raton, Belle Glade and Palm Beach Gardens. During the 2010-2011 school year, the U.S. Department of Education found that Palm Beach State had the ninth-lowest tuition in the U.S. among four-year public schools. It is the sixth largest of the 28 schools in the Florida College System.

All four campuses house wellness/fitness centers. Other services include job placement and a student-run massage clinic.

Academics

Palm Beach State has an array of associate's degree programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year degree programs or to immediately enter the workforce. Areas of study include paralegal studies, dental assisting, medical transcription, graphic design and fire science, to name just a few. As of 2012, the college offers Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs in information management and in supervision and management; both programs offer concentrations to narrow the focus of study. Additionally, the college offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Non-credit and vocational programs are also available.

Admissions

Palm Beach State College has open admissions. Prospective students with a high school diploma or GED may apply; completion of a Florida home education program or approval for high school dual enrollment or early admission are also accepted. Individuals can fill out the online application available on the school's website. Students enrolling in certificate programs may have different admission criteria depending on whether they're enrolling in a credit, non-credit or vocational program.

Of the 29,354 students who enrolled in fall 2011, 58% were female, 37% attended full-time, and 99% were Florida residents. Additionally, 67% were 24 years or younger, 43% were white, 24% were African American, and 23% were Hispanic.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary according to program and residency. For the 2012-2013 school year, Florida resident students pursuing a bachelor's degree program paid $120.85 per credit hour, while non-Florida residents paid $556.00 per credit hour. The tuition for in-state students in the vocational certificate programs was $83.40 per credit hour, while out-of-state residents paid $327.30 per credit hour. In all other programs, Florida resident students paid $98.25 per credit hour, and non-Florida resident students paid $358 per credit hour.

Student financial aid is available, including grants, scholarships and loans. In 2011-2012, more than 17,800 students received financial aid that equaled to more than $82 million.

PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, Public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Associate's, Certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 29,354 (all undergraduate)*
Student Housing None*
ACADEMICS
Schools and Study Areas 1 school and 52 areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Nursing (277)*
Bachelor's: Business (87)
Graduation Rates 31% of students who began in fall 2005*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 3,985 in fall 2011***
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition 2011-2012: $2,324 for in-state students, $8,396 for out-of-state students (per year, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (55%), Pell grants (55%), State-local grants and scholarships (26%), Federal student loans (22%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 73% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Palm Beach State College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Paul J. Glynn Building, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461
  • Phone: 561-868-3300
  • Website: www.palmbeachstate.edu

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