Coordinates: 28°48′39″N 81°52′31″W / 28.81083°N 81.87528°W / 28.81083; -81.87528

Beacon College
Motto Lumen Vitae Abundantiorem
Motto in English
Illuminating the Life Abundant
Type private, four-year institution
Established 1989
President George J. Hagerty
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 280
Location Leesburg, Florida, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue, gold
Affiliations National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU); Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)
Website www.beaconcollege.edu

Beacon College, a private nonprofit college in Leesburg, Florida, is the first accredited institution of higher learning to award bachelor's degrees exclusively to students with dyslexia, ADHD, or other specific learning disabilities.[citation needed]

Beacon College offers Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Information Systems, Psychology, and Business Management. It is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education.

George J. Hagerty has served as president since March 2013.


Led by learning-disabilities advocates Dr. Marsha Glines, and Patricia and Peter Latham, a group of parents incorporated Beacon College on May 24, 1989. At the time, the Florida Department of Education approved the college's plan to introduce a focused undergraduate curriculum aligned specifically to the specialized learning and support needs of students who learn differently. Beacon awards both Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.[1]

In 2003, Beacon College earned full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).[2] It was reaffirmed for the full 10-year period in 2008, and again in 2017.


  1. ^ Beacon College Foundational Documents, Governance and Administration, Volume 1, June 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Letter of Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), June, 2003

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