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Welcome to Leesburg!

We’re happy to call Leesburg HOME! Located about 50 miles northwest of Orlando, Central Florida is one of the most beautiful, versatile, and popular vacation destinations in the state. It is an area of unmatched natural beauty and old Florida charm, all within minutes of the theme park thrills of nearby Orlando and Tampa and the glorious sands of both coasts. The climate averages an annual temperature of 72 degrees with ever-present sunny skies.

Known for its outdoor activities and wildlife, our area has more than 550 freshwater lakes, making it an ideal spot for fishermen, boaters, water skiers, bicyclists, hikers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts. Leesburg has devoted 15% of its land area to parks and recreational activities. Nearby, there are tennis and racquetball courts, biking paths, ball fields, picnic areas with pavilions, and jogging trails. Exciting activities and events where students explore our community are routinely planned throughout student life.

Situated in a downtown setting, Main Street in Leesburg offers quaint restaurants, gift shops, antique stores, an extensive public library, and other unique local businesses.

Cultural enrichment can be found through Central Florida and Lake County. With a strong appreciation for local arts, community events and theater productions are routinely sponsored in nearby Mount Dora, Eustis, Clermont, Lady Lake, and Leesburg. Additional local activities include movie theaters, fitness clubs, restaurants, art galleries, and museums.

With Orlando about an hour’s drive from campus, the area’s biggest tourist attractions include Walt Disney World (44 miles), Sea World (42 miles), Universal Studios (44 miles), Kennedy Space Center (60 miles), Legoland (90 miles), and Daytona Beach (69 miles). Additionally, beach trips are nearby — both Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts are only about an hour’s drive away.

With the majority of our students attending Beacon from out of state, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is roughly an hour’s drive from campus. During holiday breaks, our transportation service offers bus schedules to the airport and the Brightline train terminal.

Community Outreach

As a Beacon student, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved in our Leesburg community. By participating in our outreach events, you’ll hone your skill sets and develop a deeper connection to your class content by applying your classroom knowledge to a real-world setting.

Salon Series

The Beacon Salon Speaker Series is the college’s educational outreach program. The Speaker Series invites the Central Florida community to partake in presentations from respected scholars and entertainment.Salon Series

Mason Art Gallery

The Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery at Beacon College opened in February 2014, and exhibitions include student shows, faculty shows, senior portfolio shows, and exhibitions from professional artists.Mason Art Gallery

Community Service Projects

Get involved in our Leesburg community through the numerous service project opportunities sponsored by our student clubs. Beacon students are active around Leesburg helping to make our community better.Career Immersion Program