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Academics

Those looking for “a Christian college in a downtown area” will find it at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a school with a slew of majors, a highly beach-oriented lifestyles, and a distinctly Christian worldview. Classes sizes “are small enough to develop a friendship with professors,” educators who “are personable and actually care about your learning; they want you to succeed.” As one student notes, “I did not expect the extent to which the professors would be directly involved with this experience, nor how friendly and encouraging these professors would be.” A minority of students suggest professors “are not passionate about educating and making it interesting for the students,” but most “absolutely love the professors here.” Most classes come in below 30 students, and the downtown school makes students feel connected to their surroundings. “I feel like the college is a part of the community,” one student notes.

Student Body

Christian students who “love great weather and the beach” will find a home away from home at Palm Beach Atlantic. Though a few stereotype students here as “white, preppy and sheltered,” most say “they’re just like anyone else,” which is to say there is no typical student. “There are students from across the globe, with various majors, from distinct backgrounds, and with a variety of hobbies.” Almost all “love to worship and read the Bible,” and most “show interest in subjects, are involved in extracurricular activities, and takes time to enjoy life.” They are ready to step up for one another, too. “If one is struggling in academics, social, or spiritual, then friends will lovingly intercede and assist in every way.” No matter one’s views, most here are “open to and accepting of diversity.” The ties at Palm Beach Atlantic can be close ones. “Everyone meets people their freshman year and I believe they develop a strong bond with them for the rest of the years.” As one student says, “You only get left out if you choose to be left out.”

Campus Life

Surf and sand is the rule of the day here. “The beach is less than a mile away, so a lot of people go there to hang out.” Students who do not go to the beach for fun, even only occasionally, are in the minority. Maybe that’s because “if it rains there's not much to do besides maybe go to the mall or the movies.” Walking along the beach, longboarding, or simply to “going to the beach to spend time with God and fellowship” are typical ways to spend time on this “laid back” campus “with intense classes.” Otherwise, “people watch movies, go out to eat, go bowling, go to church activities, and hang out for fun.” Some students “do feel there needs to be a larger emphasis on athletics,” which gets short shrift here. Overall, other than missing out on sports, “We are in the center of West Palm Beach, so there is always something to do.”

Overview

Applicants
1,444
Acceptance Rate
95%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Religious Affiliation / Commitment

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
373
with Terminal Degree
244

190
Women
183
Men
66
Minority
12
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).
  • Pharmacy.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Counseling Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychopharmacology.
  • School Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Political Science and Government, General.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Religious/Sacred Music.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, Other.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David Hernandez
Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Power, $300 million +

Karl Watson Jr.
President, Florida Region of CEMEX USA, $1 billion operation

Jennifer Rothschild
Accomplished songwriter, recording artist, and author of six books

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,291

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,894

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,712

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,441

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,920
Required Fees
$580
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,086

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,504
Transportation for Commuters
$5,964

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,855
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

2.13%
Asian
8.79%
African-American
15.83%
Hispanic
62.88%
Caucasian
2.25%
Unknown
4.50%
International

63% female
37% male
36% are out of state
79% are full time
21% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
67
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
18

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Sailfish)
5 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Sailfish)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Florida Atlantic University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708

Phone
561-803-2100

Email
admit@pba.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DeSantis Family Chapel
Greene Complex (athletics, snack shop)
Vera Lea Rinker Music Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Atlantic Ocean
CityPlace (downtown West Palm Beach)
Norton Museum of Art (next door to campus)
Palm Beach-Worth Avenue

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Palm Beach International Aiport is 10 minutes from campus. The Ft. Lauderdale and Miami airports are approx. an hour away. PBA is close to the Tri-Rail commuter train system. Taxis are available as well.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-95 Okeechobee Blvd. exit; east on Okeechobee. After crossing Dixie Highway, look for the campus on the right (South) side of the street.


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