As the first college in the nation accredited to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD, Beacon College remains committed to student success, offering academic and personal support services that help students achieve their goals. We are truly a community — welcoming, accepting, and supporting each member of it.
It is unmistakable when one enters the Beacon campus that something special is underway. The Beacon difference is in the energy of the place — emanating from devotion to a common purpose, an unwavering commitment to robust student outcomes, and the clear-eyed convictions of those in the community that our work is important and trail-blazing. There is an urgency in all that we do and for which we plan.
Beacon College is an accredited, liberal arts institution of higher education, which uniquely serves the educational needs of students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other learning differences.
Beacon College is a competitive institution of higher education in the arts, sciences, business, and technology specifically devoted to the undergraduate preparation and success of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences. In the arena of our mission and focus, Beacon is recognized as one of the foremost American institutions in this undergraduate specialty.
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 by seeing who we are and what our students have accomplished.Beacon by the Numbers
Recognition and Accolades
#3 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional College
Beacon College vaulted upwards in the regional colleges’ rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Colleges.See Rankings
#1 BestValueSchools.com for Students with Learning Disabilities
BestValueSchools.com rates universities, colleges, and degree programs for the best return on investment.
#5 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional College for Social Mobility
“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.”
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Learn more about nine bachelor degree programs!Majors and Degrees
Summer for Success
Learn about our three week summer program for high school sophomores and juniors!Summer for Success
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Salon Speaker Series
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Beacon College is founded. Marsha Glines presides as Beacon’s first president.
D’Addario and Stoer Buildings are purchased. Beacon’s first commencement takes place.
First Parents’ Weekend is celebrated. AA in Human Services is offered.
Deborah Brodbeck becomes Beacon’s second president.
General studies degree is added to the curriculum.
Academic mentoring program is established.
Beacon submits its first application for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
Education building is purchased.
Col. Jerald L. Thompson Mentoring Center opens.
SACSCOC accreditation is attained. Construction of the Village Apartments is completed.
Beacon celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Three new majors are added. The Robert & Jane Weiner Writing Center opens.
Palmetto Building is purchased. Minors in English/Literature and History are approved.
Beacon celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The Chopping Block makes its debut.
The Student Center relocates. Majors in Business Management and Psychology are established. Beacon acquires vans through state grant.
Beacon Hall opens its doors. Counseling Center is purchased. The Herlong Building is acquired. The new fitness center is housed in the former train depot. Center for Student Success relocates. Studio Arts building is leased, and Art major is approved.
Beacon welcomes Dr. George J. Hagerty. The Founder’s Room is established and dedicated to the Resnick family. Beacon celebrates 25 years.
The Navigator Cafe makes its debut. Beacon College launches the Compass Program in conjunction with the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Beacon College delegation testifies at a congressional briefing on the college and learning disabilities. Summer for Success program launches. College Magazine ranks Beacon College No. 2 among the top 10 most accommodating schools for pupils with learning disabilities.
The Board of Trustees is named among five winners of the AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
Beacon signs a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services in the United Arab Emirates to expand the services provided by Beacon to those with learning disabilities who reside in Sharjah, the UAE, and regionally.
BestValueSchools.com ranks Beacon No. 1 on its list of 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities.
The inaugural class of Beacon in Tuscany program begins in Prato, Italy.
Resnick Alpern Plung (RAP) Hall opens. Beacon launches project discovery program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Durand Garden Park opens.
BestValueSchools.com ranks Beacon No. 1 on its list of 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities. Peterson’s ranks Beacon No. 1 on its list of 20 Great Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities. Beacon becomes a charter member in the Global University Disability & Inclusion Network.
COVID-19 impacts the college through closure and remote learning. U.S. News & World Report for the first time recognizes Beacon in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its “Best Colleges” regional rankings at No. 31.
U.S. News & World Report again recognizes Beacon in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its “Best Colleges” regional rankings at No. 35. Beacon receives a $210K Fogg Trust Grant for career center expansion and critical scholarship support. Against the pandemic odds, Beacon College’s Class of 2021 represents the largest graduating class in the school’s history — a notable milestone during the COVID-19 crisis.
Beacon College’s neurodiversity-focused television show “A World of Difference” earns a Bronze Award for Best Strategy, Health in February in the inaugural Anthem Awards. Beacon alum, Sam Finelli, hits the high notes while chasing his dreams as a contestant on American Idol. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Beacon in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its “Best Colleges” regional rankings at No. 10.
Beacon College sports tips off a new era with membership in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The college introduces its new mascot, the Beacon Blazer. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Beacon in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its “Best Colleges” regional rankings at No. 3.
The inaugural class of Beacon in Tokyo program begins.