West Palm Beach Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

West Palm Beach Colleges and Schools

Known for its stunning skyline and myriad of historic neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is the oldest municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. The city housed approximately 104,031 inhabitants in 2014 according to U.S. Census estimates, and relies on key industries such as tourism, construction, agriculture, and biosciences.

West Palm Beach residents enjoy some of the east coast's most beautiful beaches, plus a slew of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The county where West Palm Beach is located, Palm Beach County, has also been referred to as the "Golf Capital of the World," which helped to solidify the area's standing as a top destination for nature and sports lovers.

Colleges and Schools in West Palm Beach, Florida

Because it boasts such a large population and draws from equally-populated surrounding areas, West Palm Beach is home to 13 institutions of higher education. While that list includes a few traditional institutions, it also hosts community colleges, beauty schools, and trade schools. Collectively, West Palm Beach colleges and schools enrolled approximately 6,820 students in 2014.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $26,274
  • Graduation rate (2008): 55%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 50 undergraduate and graduate programs

With an enrollment of 3,865 students in 2014, Palm Beach Atlantic University was one of the area's largest schools. Intimate class room settings with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 13:1 help students learn and grow in a personalized academic setting. Popular degree programs include those in biology, nursing and public relations.

Northwood University - Florida

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $23,132
  • Graduation rate (2008): 28%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 20 undergraduate, 7 MBA specializations, 1 master's program

Northwood University of Florida is a small, private institution with a focus on entrepreneurship and holistic learning. Enrollment was made up of 710 students in 2014, and some of their most popular degrees were in business administration, accounting and marketing.

MCI Institute of Technology

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $17,000
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 45%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 8 diploma programs

As a two-year, private school, MCI Institute of Technology prepares students for careers in health care, automotive technology and pharmacy technology. Enrollment was made up of 146 students in 2014, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Dade Medical College - West Palm Beach

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $47,813
  • Graduation rate: not reported
  • Accredited: R
  • # of programs: 9 undergraduate degrees

Dade Medical College of West Palm Beach is a two-year, private school that prepares future nurses, medical assistants, and other health care workers for rewarding careers in Southern Florida. Enrollment was made up of 263 students in 2014.

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $26,113
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 75%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5 programs

With 424 students in 2014, the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations offered programs in nursing, medical assisting, and general patient care. With small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of just 12:1, ANHO students prepare for rewarding careers in a variety of health care settings.

Facts for Students of West Palm Beach Colleges and Schools

West Palm Beach Economy

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, inhabitants of West Palm Beach, Florida brought in a median household income of $44,897 in 2013. That's lower than the median household income for the state, which worked out to $46,956 that year. However, the median housing value in West Palm Beach worked out to just $178,200 in 2013, which is rather affordable for a popular tourist area. Further, in 2013, 52.4 percent of West Palm Beach residents owned their homes.

Demographics in West Palm Beach

With a population of 104,031 in 2014, West Palm Beach is considered a medium-sized city for the state of Florida. Meanwhile, approximately 30.4 percent of area adults held a bachelor's degree through 2013, and 84.2 percent held a high school diploma or better. As the U.S. Census Bureau notes, 26.2 percent of the city's population was foreign-born in 2013.

West Palm Beach Fun Facts

Love animals? The Palm Beach Zoo, which is home to 1,400 animals, is located in West Palm Beach. Meanwhile, the area's bounty of wildlife has made it a hub for eco-tourism.


  1. City of West Palm Beach, http://wpb.org/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, West Palm Beach, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/1276600.html

Featured Colleges in the West Palm Beach Area (QuickSchools™)

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Fortis Institute

West Palm Beach, FL

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  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma

Southeastern College

West Palm Beach, FL

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma, Associate

Lincoln Tech

West Palm Beach, FL

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma

Keiser University Campus

West Palm Beach, FL

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design, Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Education and Teaching
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

South University

West Palm Beach, FL

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Master, Associate, Bachelor

Empire Beauty Schools

West Palm Beach, FL

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  • Degrees: Diploma
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West Palm Beach Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Academy for Practical Nursing & Health Occupations
5154 Okeechobee Blvd Ste 201
West Palm Beach, FL 33417

  • Programs: licensed practical nurse, physical therapist assistant, nursing assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 376 students, 391 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Medical Career Institute of South Florida
1750 45th St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

  • Programs: medical assistant, medical records admin
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 205 students, 306 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

The Beauty Institute
2215 N Military Trl
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

  • Programs: cosmetology, barber, personal grooming, manicurist, aesthetician and skin care
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 93 students, 140 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Colleges in West Palm Beach with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Northwood University-Florida Education Center
2600 N Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-2911

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: vehicle parts marketing, business management, marketing, international business, sports and fitness management, hotel management, banking, advertising
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 874 students, 824 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 414 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 400-500. Math: 410-510.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach
901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: organizational behavior, pharmacy, counseling psychology, business management, psychology, elementary school teaching, registered nursing, school counseling
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,291 students, 3,198 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,175 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 448-663. Math: 415-645.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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