U.S. News Ranks Beacon College as a Top 3 Best Regional College

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US News Best Colleges Rankings

By Mary Wymer 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, after moving up to tenth last year. In its annual college rankings, released today, the magazine rated the Leesburg, Florida nonprofit liberal arts school No. […]

Record Class Learns College Hacks at Annual Convocation

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Beacon College Convocation entrance with bagpiper 2023.

By Gabrielle Russon As Alexander Morris-Wood surveyed the faces in Beacon College’s incoming class of 168 students — a school record and the most competitive class Beacon has ever had — gathered at the Venetian Center, he realized the numbers only told part of the story. Sure, the College was welcoming the new students who […]

Capital Projects Build Horizons and Community for Students

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New basketball court at The Oasis.

By Brad Kuhn A big part of delivering on the Beacon Promise is ensuring the College’s built spaces are matched to its mission of physical wellness, mental health, worthy work, and abundant life for students with learning differences. Beacon boasts an operations team with more than 30 years of experience focused specifically on the needs […]

College Hails the Return of the Beacon Student Ambassadors Program

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A sampling of Beacon ambassadors (from left to right: Canyon Mitchell; Cole Pomeroy; Alexander “AJ” Evdokimo; Helen Chinn; Athena Kelley; and Josh Bourbon)

By Richard Burnett From his childhood years onward, Canyon Mitchell was always a greeter, talker, and leader. At age eight, with his dad’s help, he learned about gumball machines and how to set up deals to place them in restaurants. Years later, he learned the art of flipping real estate — buying, renovating, and selling […]

College Gallops onto the Sports Scene with New Blazers Logo

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By Marco Santana When Kylee Davis arrived at Beacon College in the fall of 2020, she didn’t immediately connect with the school’s nickname and mascot. It wasn’t that she had anything against the NaviGator, a nod to the school’s reputation as a guiding force for students with learning differences. But she did not think it […]

Fondness for Alma Mater Forever Tattooed on Adams’ Heart

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Alum Steve Adams with spider tattoo on arm

By Gabrielle Russon Steven Adams is a Beacon College super fan. Adams, 44, of Casper, Wyoming, is the proud holder of two Beacon bachelor’s degrees, yet he wanted to do more for the place where he had evolved from a loner to a student leader in the spotlight. Beacon provided such a valuable education, Adams […]

National Numbers Show Attending Beacon is a “Sticky” Experience

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retention-rates-firefly-created-image; comic style image with diverse student body standing in front of large academic building

By Marco Santana New data shows that colleges across the country have quickly overcome pandemic-related struggles to retain students — and the numbers are even better at Beacon College. The school outpaces national averages in two key enrollment metrics: persistence and retention. The key to doing so has been to be open to change and […]

Summer Experiences Bring Beacon Students Closer to Job Readiness

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Javier Escudero hangs out with a furry friend during his summer internship through the Beacon Career Immersion Program.

By Darlyn Finch Kuhn Beacon College students don’t seek just internships anymore. That’s because now they can take part in experiential learning opportunities that, in addition to traditional internships, also include job shadowing, volunteer work, and apprenticeships. This flexibility “supports a wider scope of opportunities students can engage in during their school breaks that provide […]

“A World of Difference” TV Show Renewed on PBS’s WUCF for Season Four

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Darryl Owens on set of A World of Difference

Ready on the set. After a successful maiden season on WUCF TV, the Orlando PBS member station and Beacon College – the first accredited baccalaureate institution in the nation for neurodivergent students – have renewed their partnership to air another season of the college’s award-winning television series, “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity.” After a […]

Manzo and Morris-Wood Earn Promotions to Vice President

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Beacon Staff Beacon College promoted Dana Manzo and Alex Morris-Wood in July to vice presidents expanding the College’s programs and services for students with learning differences. Manzo will now serve as the vice president of the division of student affairs. In this new role for the College, she will oversee all student affairs services, including […]