Lynn University

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Lynn University
Lynn University's seal
Established 1962; 52 years ago (1962)
Type Independent
Endowment $21.27 million
President Kevin M. Ross
Students 2,100
Location Boca Raton, Florida, United States
26°23′06″N 80°07′21″W / 26.384984°N 80.122443°W / 26.384984; -80.122443Coordinates: 26°23′06″N 80°07′21″W / 26.384984°N 80.122443°W / 26.384984; -80.122443
Campus Suburban, 123 acres
Former names Marymount College (1962–1974)
College of Boca Raton (1974–1991)
Colors Blue and White         
Athletics Sunshine State Conference (NCAA D-II)
Nickname Fighting Knights

Lynn University is an American private university in Boca Raton, Florida, founded in 1962.

It hosts students from nearly all 50 U.S. states and approximately 80 nations. 24% of students come from countries outside the United States (percentage includes students with dual citizenship/residency).

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.

It is named for the Lynn family (Christine E. and Eugene M. Lynn donated substantial money).


Academic programs[edit]

Lynn offers an undergraduate and graduate curriculum built on individualized attention and an international focus. The university enrolls more than 2,000 students representing nearly all 50 U.S. states and approximately 80 nations in four academic colleges and three specialty programs. Lynn offers more than 25 undergraduate degrees and 10 graduate degrees through its four colleges.

Colleges and Schools

Founded in 1992 as the music division of the Harid Conservatory, the Conservatory of Music became part of Lynn University in January 1999. The conservatory presents more than 50 performances each year. The Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra has been performing for the past 14 years. The orchestra is directed by Guillermo Figueroa.

Specialty Programs

Lynn's other academic programs include study abroad, internships and experiential learning opportunities.

Lynn's core curriculum, the Dialogues of Learning, was recognized by Inside Higher Education as an example of how colleges and universities can increase the rigor of their academic offerings and improve the comprehensive education of their students. [1]

In 2013, Lynn launched the iPad mini initiative.[2]

The iPad mini initiative will: [3]

  • replace traditional textbooks and save students hundreds of dollars.
  • feature Lynn's core curriculum on e-readers enhanced with custom multimedia content.
  • provide students with at least 30 education, productivity, social and news-related iOS apps - some free and some paid for by the university.
  • reward student responsibility with free upgrades.


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, Donald E. Ross was named president. In 1974, the name was changed to the College of Boca Raton. The college was granted accreditation at Level II in 1986. In 1988, it was accredited at Level III. During this time it was transformed from a two-year school to a four-year college with a master's program.

The College of Boca Raton became Lynn University in 1991 to honor its benefactors, the Lynn family.

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

On October 22, 2012, the university hosted the third and final 2012 U.S. Presidential Debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney concerning U.S. foreign policy. The debate was held at the Wold Performing Arts Center and was moderated by journalist Bob Schieffer of CBS News.[5]

Today the university has students from nearly all 50 U.S. states and approximately 80 nations. 24% of students come from countries outside the United States (percentage includes students with dual citizenship/residency), the largest percentage of any university in the southeastern United States.


Lynn University's athletic teams are known as the Fighting Knights. The university is a NCAA Division II institution, the college's athletic teams participate in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Lynn University teams have won a total of 21[6] NCAA and NAIA national championships, and 30[7] Sunshine State Conference championships. Men's varsity sports are baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Women's varsity sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Lynn University announced it will add lacrosse for the 2014 season. The sport will be the third addition in recent years, after the university added women's cross country and swimming in 2012.[8]

NCAA sanctions[edit]

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.[9]

Lynn Fight Song[edit]

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 valiant 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!

The Lynn Alma Mater song:

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!

Notable alumni[edit]


In 2003-2004, Donald E. Ross was once paid a salary over $5,000,000 according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, making him at the time the highest paid college president. [10] As noted in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Lynn University retained the national accounting firm, KPMG, to determine an equitable retirement compensation package for Dr. Ross considering his performance and 35-year term of service (most of which was spent without significant retirement benefits).[11] This was a third of the endowment and seemed extremely high for such a small college.


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