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Get to Know Beacon

We’re a close-knit community of diverse learners located in Leesburg, Florida! Here, students with learning differences navigate the academic rigor and expectations of college, gain hands-on career experiences, and build lifelong relationships with peers from around the world.

The best way to get to know Beacon is to get an overview of who we are and what our students have accomplished.

College Profile

  • Located in Leesburg, Florida
  • Founded in 1989 by visionary parents
  • Dedicated exclusively to the undergraduate preparation of students who learn differently (those diagnosed with LD, ADHD, AD, ASD)
  • First accredited baccalaureate institution in the U.S. exclusively devoted to collegians with learning differences
Why Beacon?

Our Students


Undergraduates representing 42 states and 6 foreign countries


Average class size


Freshman to Sophomore year retention rate


of students receive financial assistance

Enrollment by Major

  • Anthrozoology
  • Business Management
  • Business Management with Hospitality and Tourism
  • CIS - Information Systems Track
  • CIS - Web and Digital Media Track
  • Human Services
  • Humanities
  • Psychology
  • Studio Arts
  • Undeclared

Faculty and Staff


Student to faculty ratio




of faculty have a terminal degree

Activities and Recreation


Student-led organizations


Organized activities each week


Competitive and intramural sports


Athletic areas and pocket parks

Living and Learning


Housing options


Dining areas


Semester abroad opportunities


International travel opportunities

College Rankings

#3 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional College

Beacon College vaulted towards the top of Southern colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Colleges regional rankings, earning a No. 3 ranking. The premier placement lands Beacon in the top tier for the second consecutive year.

#1 BestValueSchools.com for Students with Learning Disabilities

Beacon College was rated No. 1 in BestValueSchools.com’s ranking of the 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities. The website rates universities, colleges, and degree programs for the best return on investment.

#5 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional College for Social Mobility

Beacon climbed to No. 5 among the regional colleges as a top performer in social mobility. According to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, “some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students.”

#1 Peterson’s Great Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities

Peterson’s pointed to Beacon’s flexibility in offering both “associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs designed for students who learn differently” and cheered the “70% on-time graduation rate, which is well above the national average rate for students diagnosed with learning disabilities.”

#3 Great Value Colleges

As Great Value Colleges put it: “Seven different sources name Beacon College as one of the best colleges for students with disabilities. Beacon’s specialized approach has seen results, with strong numbers to back its education up.

#8 Best Colleges in Florida

BestColleges.com uses an objective benchmark — analyzing metrics such as affordability, enrollment and graduation rates, and student outcomes from the National Center for Education Statistics — to calculate its rankings for Florida’s two-year, four-year, and online schools.