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Horner and Williams Receive Honorary Doctorates

Apr 15

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Melita Wins Coveted Sodexo Service Award

June 2, 2023

Mike Melita recently was recognized for his commitment and excellence on the job with a prestigious Spirit of Sodexo award.

Alumni News

Alum Escobar Soldiers as an Army of One for Neurodiversity

June 2, 2023

By Richard Burnett After years of hard work to see if he even belonged in school, German Escobar arrived in his first year at Beacon College, wary about attending a custom-made place for students with learning difficulties.

Beacon News

Gore Appointed as Chief Financial Officer

June 2, 2023

By Mary Wymer To shepherd the College’s continuing growth, evolution and fiscal health, Beacon College has appointed Dr.

In The Media

Beacon College’s ‘A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity’ Television Show Recognized with Two Prestigious Telly Awards

June 2, 2023

By Mary Wymer For the second consecutive year, Beacon College’s television show “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity” was saluted for excellence with multiple prizes in The Telly Awards.

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Every picture tells a story – and so do Beacon graduates

May 11, 2023

By Richard Burnett On graduation day, in which neurodiversity icon Dr.


New Beacon Residential Program Gives Struggling Students the “Edge” to Succeed

May 5, 2023

For students with learning and attention issues, it’s an age-old story: they trot off to mainstream colleges with big dreams (but without the accommodations they need) only to run headlong into bigger problems managing assignments and relating to professors and classmates.

Beacon News

Beacon College Launches $12 Million Capital Campaign, “The Beacon Promise”

May 1, 2023

Beacon College has launched the $12 million capital campaign, “The Beacon Promise,” the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s 34-year history.

Beacon News

Trustee Inducted in University of Central Florida Business Hall of Fame

May 1, 2023

According to a UCF press release, the “UCF College of Business Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional professional success in their field.


Beacon Student Presents at Regional Psych Convention

April 27, 2023

Laney Leichter recently showed off her researching prowess on a big stage last month when she presented research she conducted as a Beacon College student at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Sh (No Longer) Happens: Beacon Library Turns Page on Tradition

April 27, 2023

By Richard Burnett Almost a decade ago, the popular cable series “The Librarians” materialized onto the small screen with a team of super-smart heroes who used their powers to battle mysterious foes and save the world from dangerous magic.


Georgia B-ball Star Signs as Beacon College’s First Basketball Recruit

April 27, 2023

Ahead of its entrance into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association this fall, the Beacon College basketball program is soaring to new "heights" with the recent signing of a Georgia high school star, the college’s first-ever sports recruit.


Ex-sailor Finds Smoother Sailing after Nontraditional Journey to Beacon

April 27, 2023

By Richard Burnett With tenacity in his step, James Avery strides across the Beacon College campus in Leesburg, Florida, to his math class.

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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