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Horner and Williams Receive Honorary Doctorates

Apr 15

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Alumni News

Sandfort Test Pilots Corporate Websites as Quality Assurance “Top Gun”

October 6, 2023

Beacon graduate Kyle Sandfort now works in quality assurance at Infosys, a digital services and consulting company with clients in more than 56 countries.

Beacon News

Growing Community Involvement Pays Dividends for Neighbors, Students

October 5, 2023

More than a decade ago, some Leesburg residents had never met a Beacon College student, though Beacon had already been located downtown for years.

Student News

The Force — and Fun — is with Students in Lightsaber Club

October 4, 2023

The idea for the Star Wars Dueling Club came to Charles Dion a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away OK, so actually, the idea struck him as Dion, while considering his college options.

Beacon News

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

September 20, 2023

Beacon College vaulted towards the top of Southern colleges and universities in U.


Record Class Learns College Hacks at Annual Convocation

September 5, 2023

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.

Beacon News

Capital Projects Build Horizons and Community for Students

September 5, 2023

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.

Student News

College Hails the Return of the Beacon Student Ambassadors Program

September 5, 2023

From his childhood years onward, Canyon Mitchell was always a greeter, talker, and leader.


College Gallops onto the Sports Scene with New Blazers Logo

September 5, 2023

When Kylee Davis arrived at Beacon College in the fall of 2020, she didn’t immediately connect with the school’s nickname and mascot.

Alumni News

Fondness for Alma Mater Forever Tattooed on Adams’ Heart

September 5, 2023

Beacon graduate Steven Adams was instrumental in drafting the student body constitution.


National Numbers Show Attending Beacon is a “Sticky” Experience

September 5, 2023

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.

Career Development

Summer Experiences Bring Beacon Students Closer to Job Readiness

September 5, 2023

Beacon College students don’t seek just internships anymore.

In The Media

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

August 30, 2023

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.

In the Media

Learning Differently

Featured in Florida Trend Magazine. At Beacon College in Leesburg, students navigate learning differences and disabilities to earn a college degree and prepare for a career.

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How to Navigate College Admissions With a Learning Disability

Featured in U.S. News & World Report. The college admissions process can be overwhelming for any student, but it can be especially challenging for those with learning disabilities.

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College, with Learning Differences

Featured in Campus News. Despite excelling academically in middle and high school, Benjamin Strauss faced challenges due to his learning difference. Yet, his transition to Beacon College, designed for students with learning disabilities, has empowered him to pursue his passion for business management and sports media.

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Best Regional Colleges South Rankings

Featured in U.S. News & World Report. These colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. These rankings are split into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

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Featured Expert

Dr. A.J. Marsden, Associate Professor of Human Services and Psychology

Dr. A.J. Marsden is a former U.S. Army surgical nurse who now serves as an assistant professor of human services and psychology. She specializes in human development, emotion and attitudes, abnormal psychology, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, human sexuality, and health psychology. She has been quoted by Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, and more.


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