Lynn University

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Lynn University
Lynn University
Former names
Marymount College (1962–1974)
College of Boca Raton (1974–1991)
Type Independent
Established 1962; 56 years ago (1962)
Endowment $21.27 million
President Kevin M. Ross
Students 2,100
Location Boca 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
Campus Suburban, 115 acres
Colors Blue and White         
Athletics NCAA Division IISunshine State
Nickname Fighting Knights
Mascot Lance 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 2,100, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 123 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 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 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.


Academic programs[edit]

Lynn offers an undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Lynn offers more than 25 undergraduate degrees and 10 graduate degrees through its four 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 Education
  • College of International Communication
  • 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 Lynn University Philharmonia Orchestra has been performing for the past 14 years. The orchestra is directed by Guillermo Figueroa.

iPad mini initiative[edit]

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

  • 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 at least 30 education, productivity, social and news-related iOS apps - some free and some paid for by the university.


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[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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).[9] 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. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Staff (October 17, 2012). "Lynn University (Fla.) Adds Division II Men's Lacrosse". Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "College Presidents Break Into the Million-Dollar Club". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lynn's President Paid Like A Prince: $5 Million In 2003-04". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

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