Lynn University

Lynn University
Lynn University
Lynn University's seal
Motto Learning Your Way
Established 1962
Type Independent
Endowment $13.8 million
President Kevin M. Ross
Admin. staff 200+
Undergraduates 2,500+
Postgraduates 400+
Location Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Campus Suburb, 123 acres
Athletics 11 sports teams
Colors Royal Blue and White         
Nickname Fighting Knights

Lynn University (LU) is a private, non-profit university in Boca Raton, Florida, founded in 1962.

The university currently hosts students from 40 states and 90 nations. The students also complete a required international study experience as part of their major program, participating in a faculty-led study tour or spending a semester abroad.

Lynn University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate's, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.

The university is named for the Lynn family (Eugene M. Lynn), noted philanthropist.



Academic programs

The university offers 17 undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees with more than 114 specializations through its five colleges including English, international relations, human services, liberal arts, biology, psychology, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management and planning, business administration, music, education, resort and hospitality management, communications, journalism and graphic and visual communication.

Other programs are:

Award winning Career Center

Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics

The School of Aeronautics is named in honor of the late Burton D. Morgan, a business entrepreneur whose friendship with the aeronautics program’s first dean, the late Weldon Case, resulted in a donation to support the School of Aeronautics.

FAA Certification

The school is certified under FAA Part 141 to provide Private Pilot, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine, Flight Instructor and Airline Transport ratings and FAA Part 142 certification qualifies the school as an official FAA-approved aviation training center.

Conservatory of Music

Founded in 1992 as the music division of the Harid Conservatory, the Conservatory became part of Lynn University in January 1999 after Harid’s founder discontinued his support of the music division.

These student-artists hail from more than a dozen countries. More than 98 percent of Lynn University Conservatory of Music alumni establish careers in music performance following graduation.

The Conservatory of Music’s faculty teach and perform internationally and serve as jurists for music festivals and competitions.

The Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra has been performing for the past 14 years. The orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Albert-George Schram. Maestro Schram is the former resident conductor of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and is resident conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where he has worked since 1979. He also has served as conductor of the Lubbock and Louisville Symphony Orchestras and has been a guest conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and South America. Other notable current and former faculty include Kenneth Amis, Edward Atkatz, Timothy Cobb, David Cole[1], Phillip Evans[2], Jon Manasse, Greg Miller, Elmar Oliveira, Marc Reese, Joe Robinson, Lisa Leonard, Dan Satterwhite, Roberta Rust[3], Renee Siebert, and many others.

The Conservatory of Music presents more than 50 performances each year. Most are held in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall, located in the de Hoernle International Center on the Lynn University campus.

In 2010, the Lynn Conservatory opened the Philharmonia Orchestra's new home, the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.

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Some degree programs are offered in evening and online classes.

Academic services

Institute for Distance Learning

The Institute for Distance Learning provides students worldwide with access to online courses year-round.

Institute for Achievement and Learning

The Institute for Achievement and Learning makes additional services available to non-traditional learners and other qualified students with special needs and the general student body. Services include:

  • Extended exam time in a distraction free testing center
  • Curriculum-based nutrition recommendations
  • Specialized classes
  • A program for students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Free assistance for students on academic probation
  • A program for first-year students
  • Tutoring and workshops
  • Cognitive profiling
  • Writing assistance and proofreading
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring
  • Accommodations for individuals with disabilities
Heller Family Diagnostic Center

The Heller Family Diagnostic Center, the result of a gift from the Heller Family Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, was established within the Institute of Achievement and Learning in 2006 to diagnose individual students' learning needs.


The school first opened in 1962 as Marymount College, a women’s junior college founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). In 1971, a period of transition began, and the school was placed under the control of a lay board. At that time, Dr. Donald E. Ross was named president.

In 1974, the name of the school was formally changed to the College of Boca Raton. Following a period of sustained growth, the college was granted SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation at Level II in 1986. Shortly after, in 1988, it was granted accreditation at Level III. In less than 20 years, it was transformed from a two-year school to a four-year college with an accredited master’s program.

The College of Boca Raton officially became Lynn University in 1991 to reflect the increasing global nature of its mission, to demonstrate the growth of its programs as well as its academic accreditation and to honor the Lynn family, distinguished benefactors.

During the 1998-1999 academic year, its 36th year of existence, the university was approved for candidacy as a Level V doctoral granting institution. Several students have participated in the doctoral program which offers a Ph.D. in Global Leadership with specializations in Educational Leadership and Corporate and Organizational Management.

On July 1, 2006, Kevin M. Ross succeeded his father as president of the university. Donald E. Ross retired after 35 years in office. According to the chronicle of Higher Education,[4], he received a total compensation of $5,738,422 in his final year of service, the highest of any university president in the United States.

On October 25, 2006, President Kevin Ross delivered the first State of the University address in the school's history.

Today the university boasts students from 93 countries and 44 states. 25% of Lynn's student body are international students, the largest percent of any University in the southeast US.

Fighting Knights athletics

Lynn University Fighting Knights have won a total of 19 NCAA and NAIA national championships, and 27 Sunshine State Conference championships. The university competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Men's varsity sports are baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis. Women's varsity sports are basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Points of Pride

  • Lynn University teams have won 19 national titles. (Most recently, the 2009 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.)
  • The Fighting Knights have come away with eight NCAA championships and 11 NAIA national crowns.
  • Six different Lynn programs (women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women's softball, men’s golf and men’s soccer) have won national titles.
  • Four different Lynn programs (women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s soccer) have captured multiple national championships.
  • Since 1996, over 1,600 semesters of 3.0 or better have been turned in by Fighting Knight student-athletes. On the average, 104 Lynn University student-athletes produce GPAs of 3.0 or better each semester (since 1996).
  • Since becoming a full-fledged member of the Sunshine State Conference in time for the 1998-99 academic year, Lynn teams have taken home 27 Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles.
  • Two Lynn University sports (men’s soccer and women’s tennis) have claimed multiple league titles.
  • Four members of the Lynn University coaching staff have been at the school for 10 years or more.
  • Lynn University has been selected as the site of the final 2012 Presidential Debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), to be held on October 22, 2012.

NCAA sanctions

On July 17, 2007, NCAA vacated Lynn's 2005 Women's Division II Softball Championship due to extra benefits given to two players. The NCAA found that former coach Thomas Macera gave two Lynn softball players cash payments totaling more than $3,000. Lynn was also placed on probation for two years.[5]


The Lynn University mascot is the “Fighting Knight.” The mascot symbolizes the qualities, ideals and values of loyalty, courage, respect and generosity typically associated with knights. The mascot also provides the nickname for Lynn’s athletic teams, the Fighting Knights. The mascot's name is Big LU, for Lynn University. Big LU is present at many university-related events, mainly sporting ones. Big LU is also available in a bobble head.

Alma mater

Under skies of blue we've made friends so true
from every corner of the world. Celebrating different cultures made us see our world anew.
From this caring place we will squarely face
the challenge of our destiny.
like our Fighting Knights we'll lift hearts and sights
and we'll go forth in victory.
And if blue skies should turn to gray days,
or we misplace a dream or two,we'll remember Alma Mater
and her spirit will see us through.
So let's raise our voice in a proud refrain,
remembering good times we all knew. Hail all hail our Alma Mater, Lynn's to you!

Lynn Fight Song

Cheer for the Fighting Knights of Lynn, undaunted standard bearers.
Our team will bring us victory, let's show them where we stand.
Let's raise the roof, let's shout their names,
we'll cheer them on to win their games.
Sing out for the Fighting Knights of Lynn!
We're here to win today!

Cheer for the Fighting Knights of Lynn, who wear our colors proudly.
Roar for our valient Blue and White, they swell our hearts with pride.
They win with style, they lose with grace,
They give their best in every case.
Sing out for the Fighting Knights of Lynn!
They're champs in every way!

Campus security

Lynn University is well known for its reputation as one of the safest college campuses in the country. This is in part mostly due to the strong presence of a 24/7/365 security force which is a third party operating on the university's behalf. Security personnel guard the main and side entrances, and visitors are required to show ID and must be registered in advance in order to enter the campus grounds. Students display a decal on their windshield for quicker access. Additionally, the campus is well lit at night and 15 emergency call boxes are situated around the entire campus. Golf cart "shuttles" may escort students from the parking lot to residence halls at night. Student rooms have a double security feature, requiring both the room key (ID) and a 4-digit PIN to enter.

One incident occurred during the 2005-2006 academic year, when a student was the victim of a violent attack while on campus.[6]

Detailed, historical security data can be found and compared to other schools through the Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Security Statistics Index.

Lynn University blogs

In Spring 2007, Lynn University launched its student blogging initiative, with a study abroad student blogging about her life in Madrid. In the fall, one student intern and five students on Lynn's campus shared their college experiences with the world as they blogged about their lives at Lynn. The university continues the initiative with its current student and staff bloggers, found at

Notable Alumni

  • Promising Pampers Pitchman Patrick Bernhard[7]
  • Rock Sockem DJ Kang George Montgomery
  • Real Salt Lake Soccer Player Jean Alexandre
  • Lisa Kearney MKB Network
  • Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer player Scott Gordon


  1. ^ David Cole
  2. ^ Phillip Evans
  3. ^ Roberta Rust
  4. ^ Page B10, Nov.16, 2007
  5. ^ "NCAA vacates Lynn's 2005 softball title", Palm Beach Post Staff, Palm Beach Post, July 17, 2007
  6. ^ "Digest", Staff Reports, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), October 4, 2005
  7. ^ Linkedin

External links

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