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Lynn University
Lynn takes an innovative approach to education, where new ideas and technologies are fully...

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University is agile, dedicated, forward-looking, and well placed. It concentrates on the art of teaching, making good students great, and great students, remarkable.


An independent institution, Lynn is known for its innovative learning programs and diverse student body, with students from over 100 countries. Lynn embraces new ideas and technologies that empowers its faculty to creatively deliver its nationally praised core curriculum. The Lynn community believes in providing an open and supportive environment, where professors, academic advisors, and mentors are readily available. Lynn University is college reimagined.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
516 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
47% male 53% female
59.3% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
114 full-time faculty
80 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
84% of first year students live on campus
45.4% of all students live on campus

School Location

Lynn’s South Florida location can’t be beat. Just minutes from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, Lynn is located in one of the most strategic, international gateways to America. This area is a center for commerce, culture, finance, international trade, and start-ups, making it the perfect place for students to further their education.

The Lynn campus showcases the South Florida lifestyle, too. With lush green landscaping and hammocks dotting the campus, it just happens to be a tropical paradise.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  X 
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

73% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

44.31% of students graduated in 6 years              


Nonresident aliens 17%
Hispanic/Latino 16%
Black or African American 9%
White 51%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


The Lynn University Fighting Knights compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference. Fighting Knights athletics teams have won 23 national championships and 36 Sunshine State conference titles—so far.

6 men’s varsity sports: Baseball; Basketball; Golf; Lacrosse; Soccer; Tennis
9 women’s varsity sports: Basketball; Cross Country; Golf; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Tennis; Track; Volleyball

School colors: Blue and white

Academic Programs

Lynn University is a private institution, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.

Additionally, Lynn University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:


Bachelor of Science in:

  • Aviation Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Fashion and Retail
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business Management
  • Investment Management
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management



Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in:

  • Aviation Management
  • General Management

Bachelor of Science in:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Sports Management



Master of Business Administration with specializations in:

  • Aviation Management
  • Financial Valuation and Investment Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Sports and Athletics Administration 

More Distinctions

  • “2015 America’s Best Colleges” (U.S. News and World Report)

  • “25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” (Best Value Schools

  • Being a “Green” university (The Princeton Review)

  • “Best Online Programs” (U.S. News and World Report)

  • CIO 100 award winner for technological innovation (CIO magazine)

  • Consistently recognized as one of the most international universities, enrolling the fifth highest percentage (23 percent) of international students (U.S. News and World Report)

  • “High School Counselor Rankings” - Listed as offering one of the best undergraduate education to students, according to high school counselors (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Institutional Excellence in Informational Technology award (ACUTA)

  • One of the highest concentrations of international students (U.S. News and World Report)

  • Ranked among the top 25 “Most Innovative Colleges” in the nation (U.S. News and World Report)

  • “Top 100 Social Media Colleges” (StudentAdvisor)

See how Lynn students take their college education to the next level with these offerings from Lynn University.

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree

Lynn’s accelerated bachelor’s degree is an incredibly unique program that offers students the chance to complete a 4-year degree in just 3 years. Students who participate work closely with academic advisors to create a degree program that is unique to their individual needs. There are countless benefits to participation in this program. Students in the accelerated bachelor’s degree can take extra courses at no cost. They also enjoy the advantage of an early graduation, decreased tuition, the opportunity to design their own path of study, and the ability to jumpstart their careers to get ahead in the workplace.

January (J) Term

The January Term is a unique learning experience in which students can apply academic theories to projects, social initiatives, and internships. The goal of each J-Term is to allow students to more deeply explore their disciplines through real-life application. Students are expected to complete one course each January Term that explores specialized and application-based subjects.

The Conservatory of Music

In addition to practicing daily with renowned faculty-artists, students admitted to the Conservatory of Music enjoy a full-tuition scholarship and the opportunity to be featured in more than 10 live performances each year.

Study Abroad

Ready to travel? Lynn’s study abroad programs allow students to visit more than 30 cities around the world at no additional cost to their normal tuition. And unlike other schools, Lynn students don’t have to wait until their sophomore year to study–they can go abroad as second-semester freshmen. Trips range from 3 weeks to a year in length, and new cities are continually added to their repertoire. The Center for Learning Abroad is a great resource to students interested in finding a program. The center helps students coordinate the logistics of going abroad, while making sure the program is contributing to the completion of their degree.


Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups  
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X

Close-Knit Classrooms

The average class size at Lynn is 18 students, lending a hand to a learning style that is both individualized and unique. With small class sizes, students have the opportunity to thrive in an environment where their individual skills are valued and respected. Faculty are not leading large lecture seminars where students are numbers. Instead, they are actively engaging small groups of students to push their academic potentials and find educational success.

Experienced Professors

Each Lynn faculty member was chosen because of their dedication to education and proven success in their fields. Professor of American Studies, Dr. Robert Watson, is a frequent media commentator, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, “Time,” “USA Today” and numerous others. He also directs and edits a report for the White House, which is produced every 4 years after the Inauguration. College of International Communication’s Gary Carlin brings his advertising expertise as the former vice president for Hasbro Toy Company, managing brands like Monopoly, Scrabble and Clue. Lynn professors are all firm believers in experiential learning, including Dr. Lisa Dandeo, who takes fashion and retail majors behind-the-scenes at New York Fashion Week, and leads their annual spring student fashion show.

Experiential Learning

At Lynn, students don’t just study; they learn by doing. In more than 50 undergraduate and graduate majors, everyone is able to work hands-on in the subjects they’re interested in. Projects, interviews, excursions, and internships help students master the latest trends in their fields. Lynn students don’t wait until after graduation to get real-life practice, which means they’re always a step ahead. Whether in Arts & Sciences, Business and Management, Education, International Communication or School of Aeronautics, students gain key skills to help them succeed.


Lynn offers iExplore to assist undecided majors explore career options that could lead to a declared major of interest. An iExplore Advisor builds a personal profile to see what strengths and interests the student has. Then, a tailored program is created to help the student explore career options and select a coordinating major. 

Limitless Learning

Lynn University believes that learning can go beyond campus. By partnering with other best-in-class organizations, Lynn offers students the ability to learn just-in-time job skills in emerging careers. For undergraduates, Lynn + General Assembly allows students to enhance their bachelor’s degree with highly marketable skills for emerging technology careers. Lynn also offers a 3+3 program, where students can complete their bachelor’s degree in 3 years, followed by a 3-year Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University. Graduate students can take advantage of other partnerships like Lynn + Amani Institute and Lynn + Wyncode Academy.

The Institute of Achievement and Learning

Since 1991, Lynn’s Institute of Achievement and Learning has helped students achieve academic success. The Institute recognizes that students have a variety of strengths and weaknesses, and they allow these young scholars  to capitalize on their strengths. Whether students need help with planning, organization, studying, writing or testing, the IAL has certified coaches and tutors readily available. Undergraduates can opt for full-program participation, or choose a la carte services as needed.

iPad®-Powered Learning

Lynn is known around the nation for its iPad®-powered learning initiative, which provides undergraduate day students with their own iPad Pro to keep and use in their classes. Lynn is also known for its innovative coursework that applies traditional subjects like science and math to everyday situations, so students gain both theoretical understanding and practical approach.



Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy  X 
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 61 169 197 37 1 1 0 466

Clubs & Organizations

Lynn offers its students several opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. There are more than 40 clubs and organizations that span various interests. Students can be involved in religious, political, academic, social and organizations that span various interests. Greek life is also present at Lynn, with 3 fraternities and 2 sororities on campus. The Lynn community is always offering something new, exciting and intriguing. And, students can form their own official clubs or organizations, with just 10 students. Some examples of the fun activities and events include:

  • CEO Speaker Series, where students have the opportunity to hear from respected CEO’s and ask questions
  • Dively Frontiers in Globalization Lecture Series
  • Fighting Knights athletics
  • Knights of the Round Table (KOR), featuring discussion panels, food drives, local outreach, and promoting a connected Lynn community
  • Movies on the lawn or in the pool
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival, hosted at Lynn University and open to all Florida high school and college students. Featured guests and presenters have included Vanilla Ice, Burt Reynolds and American-Idol contestant, Emily Brooke.
  • Paws & Relax, when furry friends help students take a break from studying for upcoming finals
  • Off-campus excursions to area attractions, including water parks, Orlando theme parks, ocean activities and more
  • Student Activity Board (SAB), where students put on events like game show nights, trivia, comedians, bumper cars, food trucks, 90’s night, a spring carnival, and more
  • Student cooking classes, like sushi-making
  • The First 40, featuring planned campus events, speakers, socials and excursions for the first 40 days of the school year
  • Various touring shows, such as Second City, MJ Live and Capitol Steps

Annual Events

Lynn’s annual events always draw a crowd. This list features just a few of the big events Lynn hosts each year:

  • Alumni Weekend, featuring an alumni sports game, picnic and social dinner
  • Celebration of Nations, featuring food and artistic performances celebrating the 100+ countries represented by Lynn students
  • Celebration of the Arts, showcasing student and faculty musicians, singers, dancers, and artists of all kinds
  • Family Fun Day, featuring free games, prizes and food for the entire community
  • Founders Day, celebrating the university’s intriguing history, including a costumed-theme canoe race
  • Gingerbread Holiday Concert, showcasing student-musicians from Lynn’s Conservatory of Music
  • Parents & Families Weekend, where Lynn welcomes their extended #LynnFamily with news, announcements, showcases, picnics and other social events
  • Spring Fashion Show, a student-produced event incorporating students studying fashion & retail, advertising & PR, journalism, communication & emerging media, event management, digital art & design, marketing and hospitality management

Lynn Traditions


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

A college education is about advancing one’s academic achievements, growing as a person, and finding one’s professional calling. At Lynn University, students develop into well-rounded individuals. Each student will have their own unique path, influenced by major classes, core-curriculum courses, experienced professors, experiential learning practices, life experiences, surroundings, and even peer groups.

Lynn recognizes that preparing students for the working world is an especially important part of a student’s educational experience. In the Hannifan Center for Career Connections at Lynn, students are given individualized guidance for their futures. For all of these reasons, Lynn graduates are highly successful and go on to pursue careers as prominent professionals in their respective fields.

Internships and Work Experience

Most Lynn students take internships as part of their graduation requirements. South Florida is a center of commerce, culture, finance, international trade, and start-ups, which means students have numerous opportunities to put their studies to practical use.

Notable Alumni

  • Carla Conde – Vice President, Corporate Communications, Discovery Networks Latin America/ U.S. Hispanic
  • John Silviano – Miami Marlins Backstop
  • Joseph Abruzzo – State Senator
  • Lisa Gangel Kearney – ESPN News Anchor
  • Susan Haynie – Boca Raton Mayor
  • Tommy Kahnle – New York Yankees Pitcher

The Career Connections Fair

The Career Connections Fair is a great way for students to meet potential employers. The networking experience is beneficial for students who want to explore different career options and talk with experienced alumni. The event is a closed event, only open to the Lynn community.

Of the many companies and organizations where Lynn alumni are making an impact, these are just a few:

  • Aeronautics: Department of Homeland Security, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, U.S. Air Force, Vida Jets
  • Business and Management: ADT, Bank of America, Bloomingdale’s, Boston Red Sox, Dow Jones, Enterprise Holdings, Fidelity, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, IBM, JP Morgan, Walt Disney World
  • Education: Broward County School District, Florida State University, New York City Department of Education, School District of Palm Beach County, Texas A&M University
  • International Communication: A&E Network, CBS Radio, CNN, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Inside Edition, MTV Latin America, NBCUniversal, Univision, VH1
  • Music: Chicago Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Sao Paulo Orchestra, Unites States Navy Band

Open Doors with Lynn


admissions fall 2015

3,770 Total Applicants
2,864 Total Admissions
516 Total Freshmen Enrollment

75.97% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

November 15 for Early Action (decisions will be available by Dec. 15)
December 1 for spring semester entry
March 1 for fall semester entry

Applications submitted after March 1 will be reviewed on a space available basis 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 540
SAT Math 445 550
SAT Writing  430  540
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing  3  8

What to submit

At Lynn, all styles are welcome. No matter your background, admission counselors at Lynn want to get to know the real you—not just what’s reflected in your test scores. Applying to Lynn is easy—just submit your:


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $34,400
Fees $2,250
Total $36,650
Room and Board (on campus) $11,640
Estimated Total On Campus $48,290


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$21,967 First year students
$9,775 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

53.5% on average, the percentage of need that was met
100% of financial need students that had need fully met

$9,775 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,627 Average need-based loan

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