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

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn is agile, dedicated, forward-looking, and well placed.  


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 empower its faculty to deliver creatively its nationally praised core curriculum. The Lynn community believes in providing an open and supportive environment in which professors, academic advisors, and mentors are readily available. Lynn University concentrates on the art of teaching, making good students great and great students remarkable.



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
482 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
51% male — 49% female
54% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
127 full-time faculty
56 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
82% of first-year students live on campus
46% 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 home to Lynn’s largely international student body.
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 X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2017

69% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

50.6% of students graduated in 6 years              


Nonresident aliens 17%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 11%
White 44%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


The Lynn University Fighting Knights compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference. Fighting Knights athletics teams have won 23 national championships and 38 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

Other Information

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

Additionally, Lynn University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Academic Programs

Undergraduate studies


  • Aeronautics – Aviation
  • Arts and Sciences – Applied Sciences; Behavioral Sciences
  • Communication and Design – Advertising and Public Relations; Graphic Design*; Multimedia Design*
  • Education – Elementary Education


  • Aeronautics
    • Air Traffic Control; Aviation Operations; Aviation Security; Professional Pilot
  • Arts and Sciences
    • Biology; Criminal Justice; Drama; Environmental Studies; Forensic Investigations; Political Science; Psychology
  • Business and Management
    • Aviation Management; Entrepreneurship; Event Management; Fashion and Retail; Healthcare Management*; Hospitality Management; Human Resource Management*; Information Systems*; International Business Management; Investment Management; Marketing; Social Entrepreneurship*; Sports Management
  • Communication and Design
    • Advertising and Public Relations; Communication and Emerging Media; Computer Animation*; Digital Art and Design; Film and Television; Graphic Design*; Media Studies and Practice; Multimedia Journalism
  • Education 
    • Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education Grades K–6
  • Conservatory of Music
    • Composition; Performance (Piano, Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp, and Percussion)

Certificate programs

  • Aeronautics
    • Airline Transport Pilot; Boeing B-727 Familiarization; Certified Flight Instructor; Commercial Pilot; Instrument Pilot Rating; Private Pilot; Professional Commercial Pilot; Recurrent Flight Training

*New major for 2018–19

Online programs


  • Communication and Design
    • Multimedia Design*


  • Arts and Sciences
    • Criminal Justice; Liberal Arts; Psychology
  • Business and Management
    • Aviation Management; Business Administration; Entrepreneurship; International Business Management
  • Communication and Design
    • Communication and Media

More Distinctions

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

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

  • “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 in the nation (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)

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

  • “Top 100 Social Media Colleges” (StudentAdvisor)

  • Named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (Corporation for National & Community Service)

  • Apple® recognized Lynn twice consecutively for outstanding innovation, leadership, and educational excellence as an Apple® distinguished school (Apple®)

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 a 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.

Study Abroad

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 early as their second semester. Trips range from three weeks to a year in length, and new cities are continually added to the possible repertoire. The Center for Learning Abroad is a great resource for students interested in finding a program. It helps students coordinate the logistics of going abroad, all while making sure the program is contributing to the completion of their degree.

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.

Activities Offered

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

Close-Knit Classrooms

The average class size at Lynn is 20 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 after the Inauguration every 4 years. 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. Whether in Aeronautics, Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Education, or International Communication, students gain key skills to help them succeed.

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, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil 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, building students’ theoretical understanding and practical approach.

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 offers a 3+3 program through which 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 Lynn + Amani Institute, which offers an MBA in Social Innovation Management, including 10 months of global experience—perfect for students who are passionate about driving positive social change. Both undergraduates and graduates can benefit from Lynn + Wyncode Academy, a partnership that focuses on web development and coding skills, in-demand skills in today’s workplace environment.  

The Institute of Achievement and Learning

Since 1991, Lynn’s Institute of Achievement and Learning has helped students achieve academic success, teaching them how to capitalize on their individual strengths. Whether students need help with planning, organization, studying, writing, or testing, the IAL has certified coaches and tutors readily available for assistance. Undergraduates can opt for full-program participation or choose a la carte services as needed.

Common Core

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


Details: Social Studies included. Mathematics must include algebra I, algebra II, and either geometry, trigonometry, calculus, or analysis. Science must include biology and a physical science.

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 87 178 200 20 1 1 0 487

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, non-academic, and cultural organizations. 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, in a group of just 10 students, one can kick-start their own official clubs or organizations. 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 costume-themed 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 that incorporates work from students who study 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 both the academic and personal lessons that students learn, and Lynn recognizes that preparing students for the working world is an incredibly important part of the educational experience. In the Hannifan Center at Lynn, students are given guidance for their futures. Lynn graduates are highly successful, going on to pursue careers as prominent business men and women in their fields.


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

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 that students have numerous opportunities to put their studies to practical use.

Notable alumni

Just a few of Lynn’s notable alumni include:

  • Carla Conde – Vice President, Corporate Communications, Discovery Networks Latin America/ U.S. Hispanic
  • Dan Matthews III – Owner, Local 315 Brewing Company
  • Joseph Abruzzo – State Senator
  • Lisa Gangel Kearney – ESPN News Anchor
  • Susan Haynie – Boca Raton Mayor
  • Tommy Kahnle – Chicago White Sox Pitcher

The Career Connections Fair

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

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


Admissions Fall 2017

3,003 total applicants
2,541 total admissions
482 total freshman enrollment

84.62% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 1
Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay

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

Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 570
SAT Math 478 560
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    

Application Information

At Lynn, all styles are welcome. No matter their background, admission counselors at Lynn want to get to know students individually—not just what’s reflected in their test scores. The application to Lynn includes:


Lynn University recommends a campus visit to see what life at Lynn is really like. Until then, the campus can be explored through a virtual tour.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $35,960
Fees $2,250
Total $38,210
Room and Board (on campus) $12,170
Estimated Total On Campus $50,380


Average Financial Aid Packages 2017-2018

$22,362 first-year students
$10,401 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2017-2018

52.6 % on average, the percentage of need that was met
100% of financial need students that had need fully met

$10,401 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,751 average need-based loan

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