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Academic Experience

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The major I am proceeding in is Chemistry, there are plenty of classes to choose from to help me complete my major. The workload is just right and I am learning all the details I need to move on to my other classes. The professors give us many opportunities to learn new things and try it our self.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am majoring in finance and I live in coconut creek. The Boca Raton location, which is closest to me, does not provide the best teacher in the Financial Accounting. So, in the fall I will be needing to drive 45 minutes to the lake worth campus so I could get a good teacher in that class.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Palm Beach State has many program to help you pursue the career of your dreams. An even if you're undecided the facility does a great job in leading you into the right direction.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: although I am undecided, pbsc is helping me change that around . It is helping me discover what I want to do in life .

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am only going here to get my AA.

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Academics are serious at Palm Beach State College. You get out what you put in. Classes are challenging and rigorous, especially the math and science courses. Teachers want to ensure that each student is knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics. While some classes may require more intensive work than others, they are all aimed at preparing students for higher educational opportunities and providing employment training. Some teachers may be given the stereotype of "easy" or "hard," but it all depends on the individual student's strengths and weaknesses.

Summer classes are intensive. This is only because instructors have to cover the same amount of information as they would in a 16-week semester in a shorter time. These classes may seem overwhelming to the less-than-serious student. Otherwise, teachers are sure to expose students to as much as they possibly can while they are together. In addition, teachers aren't looking to fail students. They want to do everything reasonably possible to guarantee student success.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
29:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
291
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
977
Full-Time Retention Rate
71%
Part-Time Retention Rate
26%
Transfer-Out Rate
14%
Graduation Rate
35%
Colleges/Divisions
Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
84
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: Unknown
  • Child Care Provider: Unknown
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic): Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Average classes have about 23 students. The limited class size promotes more formal learning and educational nurturing. Even smaller classes are provided through the access limited degree programs and the Honors College.
Student/Professor Relationships
Teachers and students develop deep relationships at Palm Beach State College. One student may find a maternal connection with an English professor, while others finds mentors and advice gurus. Even long after students have graduated from the college, they still return to see the teachers and instructors that they so deeply care for.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Tests and grades are weighted differently for each professor. Although there isn't a uniform method for these calculations, students can guarantee their instructors are well-versed and professional because they are all required to undergo a class examination that is administered by one of the dean of students.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Lectures can be done either in or out of the classroom. Instructors may lecture in front of the class and on the board. Other methods of instruction include in-class projects and assignments, videos, and guest speakers.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
A typical course would consist of going over the course syllabus and instructor/student expectations, taking notes and completing assignments, possibly attending an out-of-the-classroom seminar or event, periodic grade calculations, receiving graded work, and participating in alternative learning activities.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • How many AA programs are available
  • How the course selection process works
  • The time it takes to see a counselor
Tips to Succeed
  • Check out half.com and Ebay for cheaper textbooks.
  • Have determination!
  • Talk to an academic adviser so that you can be on the right path for your desired career.
  • Test out of required low-level classes with CLEP exam.
Full-Time Faculty
291
Female Faculty
57%
Male Faculty
43%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 13%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 6%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,316
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
Palm Beach State College trains a whopping 80 percent of the health care workers in Palm Beach County. Individuals from all over Palm Beach County and South Florida depend on Palm Beach State for employment training and education instruction.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 453 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 13% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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