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IPEDS ID: 136358
OPE ID: 00151200
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Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
General information:  (561) 967-7222
Type:  4-year, primarily associate's, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  30,520 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  23 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty300827
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,800$1,8000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,000$9,000$9,000$9,0000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Off Campus$15,878$15,944$16,244$16,2440.0%
Off Campus with Family$6,378$6,444$6,744$6,7440.0%
Off Campus$22,112$22,232$22,532$22,5320.0%
Off Campus with Family$12,612$12,732$13,032$13,0320.0%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,50868%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,40464%$7,859,805$5,598
Federal grants1,31860%$6,336,545$4,808
Pell grants1,25057%$6,295,295$5,036
Other federal grants683%$41,250$607
State/local government grant or scholarships80536%$646,159$803
Institutional grants or scholarships28513%$877,101$3,078
Student loan aid24111%$950,225$3,943
Federal student loans24111%$950,225$3,943
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid112,79243%$67,181,368$5,252
Pell grants11,00837%$54,842,855$4,982
Federal student loans2,6139%$11,638,390$4,454
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$2,467$2,615$4,134
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2013-20142014-20152015-2016
$0 – $30,000$1,627$1,393$3,239
$30,001 – $48,000$2,838$2,423$4,193
$48,001 – $75,000$5,090$4,990$6,700
$75,001 – $110,000$6,492$6,000$8,463
$110,001 and more$7,463$6,838$9,282
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)30,520
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,511
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 27%
Part-time: 73%Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 25%
Hispanic/Latino: 29%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 35%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 69%
25 and over: 31%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 98%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 9%
Enrolled in some distance education: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 75%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $40
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 28 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 35%
Transfer-out rate: 7%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 32%
Female: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 44%
Asian: 52%
Black or African American: 26%
Hispanic/Latino: 39%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 20%
White: 39%
Two or more races: 35%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 25%
Non-resident alien: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 45%
Received award in 8 years: 47%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 2%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 25%
Received award in 6 years: 52%
Received award in 8 years: 53%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 30%
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 29%
Received award in 8 years: 32%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 3%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 22%
Received award in 6 years: 41%
Received award in 8 years: 43%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 31%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agriculture, General0--
Landscaping and Groundskeeping6-22
Category total6-22
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Category total--5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping7-10
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General--0
Banking and Financial Support Services--1
Business Administration and Management, General14-335
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-254-
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations--58
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry--0
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies--29
Hospitality Administration/Management, General11--
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management--40
Office Management and Supervision1-1
Operations Management and Supervision1--
Real Estate--96
Restaurant/Food Services Management--20
Small Business Administration/Management5--
Category total39254590
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician0--
Category total0--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--0
Computer Graphics26-81
Computer Programming, Specific Applications--0
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification--0
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications8--
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other-46-
Information Technology20-232
Network and System Administration/Administrator41-122
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design2-2
Category total9746437
Construction Trades
Building Construction Technology--0
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter--0
Plumbing Technology/Plumber--0
Category total--40
Curriculum and Instruction--1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching36--
Education, Other--37
Teacher Assistant/Aide--3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other1--
Category total37-41
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD--0
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician3--
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General--0
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician8--
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician--3
Engineering Technology, General0-0
Category total11-3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management--11
Child Care Provider/Assistant--212
Category total--223
Health Professions and Related Programs
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling8-10
Dental Assisting/Assistant--18
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist21--
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician6-12
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)20-292
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician10-47
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training--29
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage--34
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist27-33
Medical/Clinical Assistant--27
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other20-59
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide--36
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist9--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse22968-
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist13--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling--1
Surgical Technology/Technologist--18
Category total36368616
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration19-2
Criminal Justice/Police Science--194
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management2-2
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician4-1
Fire Protection, Other--0
Fire Science/Fire-fighting--92
Fire Services Administration--0
Forensic Science and Technology14-77
Homeland Security, Other--15
Category total39-426
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal41--
Category total41--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies3,629--
Category total3,629--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician--0
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician--68
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician--0
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician--42
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician--11
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician--14
Category total--135
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science5-25
Category total5-25
Personal and Culinary Services
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General--60
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist--36
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist--18
Category total--114
Precision Production
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant--14
Welding Technology/Welder--30
Category total--44
Science Technologies/Technicians
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician5-12
Category total5-12
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography--0
Category total--0
Transportation and Materials Moving
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew8-0
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations3--
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor--0
Category total11-0
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production2-6
Interior Design8--
Category total10-6
Grand total4,2933682,739
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2015-2016
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 715
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 157
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,205
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,116
Full-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NJCAA Division I MenWomen
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1942 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETT) - Dietetic Technician Program6/1/1983 - 12/31/2006Resigned
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs6/1/1996 - 7/21/2017Accredited
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)10/1/2014 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)7/18/1964 -  Accredited
Dental Assisting (DA)12/9/1966 -  Accredited
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Montessori Education (MONTE) - Montessori teacher education programs and institutions5/4/2000 - 7/30/2012Resigned
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft301
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate14.4%14.1%16.3%
Number in default339324358
Number in repayment2,3412,2942,190
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)