Lynn University

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Lynn University
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Lynn University
Former names
Marymount College (1962–1974)
College of Boca Raton (1974–1991)
Established1962; 56 years ago (1962)
Endowment$21.27 million
PresidentKevin M. Ross
LocationBoca Raton, Florida, United States
26°23′02″N 80°07′30″W / 26.384°N 80.125°W / 26.384; -80.125Coordinates: 26°23′02″N 80°07′30″W / 26.384°N 80.125°W / 26.384; -80.125
CampusSuburban, 115 acres
ColorsBlue and White         
AthleticsNCAA Division IISunshine State
NicknameFighting Knights
MascotLance the Fighting Knight

Lynn University is an American private university in Boca Raton, Florida founded in 1962. 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). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,095, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 115 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.


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.[1]

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 Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and was moderated by journalist Bob Schieffer of CBS News.[2]

Today the university has students from nearly all 50 U.S. states and approximately 100 nations. 19% 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.


Academic programs[edit]

Lynn offers an undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Lynn offers more than 45 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees through its six colleges. 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.[3]

Colleges and schools[edit]

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Management
  • College of Aeronautics (The Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an aviation training center. It is named in honor of Burton D. Morgan, a business entrepreneur).
  • Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education
  • Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design
  • Conservatory of Music

Conservatory of Music[edit]

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 Philharmonia orchestra is directed by Guillermo Figueroa.

iPad initiative[edit]

In 2013, Lynn launched the iPad mini initiative.[4] This initiative:[5]

  • Is applicable to all Lynn University students
  • replaces traditional textbooks and save students hundreds of dollars.
  • features Lynn's core curriculum on e-readers enhanced with custom multimedia content.
  • provides students with education, productivity, social and news-related iOS apps—some free and some paid for by the university.

In 2016[6], Lynn elevated the program by providing all undergraduate day students and faculty with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.


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 24[7] NCAA and NAIA national championships, and 38[7] Sunshine State Conference championships. Men's varsity sports are baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming[8], cross country and track[9]. Women's varsity sports include basketball, golf, lacrosse[10], soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, cross country and track. Lynn has rapidly expanded its athletics roster since 2012, adding eight new programs: men's and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women's swim teams, and men’s and women's cross country and track.                                                  

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 (university) president.[11] 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).[12] This was a third of the endowment for the university.


  1. ^ Page B10, November 16, 2007.
  2. ^ "Debate 2012 at Lynn University".
  3. ^ "Ramping Up Rigor". Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lynn University to require all new students to buy iPads - InsideHigherEd". Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Lynn U Deploys iPad Pro -- Campus Technology". Campus Technology. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Lynn University Further Expands Sports Programs with Men's Swimming". Lynn University. 2018-01-12. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ "Lynn University Adds Men's Cross Country and Track". Lynn University. 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "Lynn University Announces Addition of Women's Lacrosse". Lynn University. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  11. ^ "College Presidents Break Into the Million-Dollar Club". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Lynn's President Paid Like A Prince: $5 Million In 2003-04". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2015.

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