President’s Welcome

Welcome to Beacon College. SONY DSCBeacon is a community that will transform your life. We do so by creating and setting in motion an undergraduate experience that will give rise to new ambitions and expectations for you and your future.

We are the first institution of higher education devoted exclusively to the instruction of students with specific learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences to be regionally accredited to award both bachelor’s (BA) and associate’s (AA) degrees. This legacy defines and inspires us as we pursue our work on campus today and as we seek ever new and enlightened ways to educate and serve our students.

The SONY DSCresults of our singular dedication to the success of our students are tangible and consequential. The rates of student retention (84%) and graduation (83.3%) arising from Beacon’s rigorous undergraduate curriculum are extraordinary when measured against comparable national averages, as are our students’ records of postgraduate employment and advanced study (again, over 80%).

We are understandably proud of the recent attention Beacon College has enjoyed in the national media. In October of 2012, the respected ranking of liberal arts colleges and universities that prepare students for social mobility and civic impact and potency conducted by the Washington Monthly placed Beacon College among the top 100 American institutions of higher education. Less than a year later (June of 2013), the highly regarded survey of “best value” colleges and universities compiled by ValuePenguin ranked Beacon first among private colleges and universities in Florida. This is a particularly noteworthy achievement for our community, as the ValuePenguin survey measures the rate of return from the financial investment made in a college education by families and students. Most recently, Beacon has garnered significant and positive national recognition in publications such as USAToday, The Huffington Post, Diversity in Education Magazine, and in print and broadcast media throughout the southeastern United States.

SWith all that Beacon College has achieved in a quarter century, the most telling feature of the College’s storyline resides in the community of committed educators and administrators who refuse to be self-satisfied.  Wherever your interests lie in our major courses of study (i.e., Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, or Studio Arts), you can be confident that a culture of continuous improvement pervades our curriculum, services, and every thread of the living and learning environment that defines and animates the Beacon experience. Here, you will discover an intimate and supportive community that will challenge and empower you in the best traditions of American higher education.

And so, with the entire Beacon College community, I welcome you to our Website, and invite you to explore the possibilities that our community offers. We would be delighted to meet you personally as well and encourage you to visit with us on campus.


George Hagerty, Ed.D.