The 50 Best Colleges By The Sea

September 2015

Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Atlantic University ranked among the 50 Best Colleges By The Sea

The seaside. There is something magical about the sea – poets have written about it since the beginning of time, people want to live by it, swim in it, and love it. The sea is alive, and it touches the soul with its vast mystery – beautiful, terrible, and mesmerizing. In Gustave Flaubert’s famous novel Madame Bovary, his main character speaks of the sea: “Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” 

When one is considering where to pursue higher education, the environment is a huge factor. College is much more than classes and degrees, it is where some of the most important years of life are spent, and the location is vital. Living by the sea can provide recreation, beauty, and educational opportunity. We have compiled a list of the best sea-side locations for higher education.

The following criteria was used in determining our ranking:
• Proximity to the beach (50%).
• Specific marine educational centers, degrees, or research facilities (30%).
• Recreational opportunities on the sea (20%).

17. Palm Beach Atlantic University


Palm Beach Atlantic University is a faith-based university located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Only one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, West Palm Beach is known for its tropical climate which means year-round mild weather, lots of sunshine, boating activities like fishing, scuba diving, and water skiing, and an abundance of tropical plants and palm trees. In addition to ocean activities, West Palm Beach is home to many museums, art festivals, music venues, and waterfront restaurants. Palm Beach Atlantic offers 48 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, counseling, divinity, leadership, and pharmacy. They also offer international study programs in over 15 countries.

5. Florida Atlantic University


Beach lovers will be delighted with Florida Atlantic University (FAU); it offers a great education (more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs) in a sub-tropical location. Officially declared open by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, FAU is comprised of the main campus in Boca Raton and five satellite campuses. It belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida, which has a population of more than five million people and spans more than 100 miles of coastline. As for catching a break from studies or going to the beach to relax and read, students are ideally located. More than 70 percent of FAU’s students are based in Boca Raton with suite-style housing, brand-new athletic and recreational facilities, art galleries, a café/ movie theater complex and so much more.

Location: Boca Raton, FL
Enrollment: over 30,000
Miles to Beach: Less than 1 mile

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