About Palm Beach Atlantic University

Founded in 1968, Palm Beach Atlantic University. is a Private college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,926 full time undergraduate students, and 838 full time graduate students.

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 173 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Palm Beach Atlantic University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate93%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range930-1170
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at PBA are considered Less Selective, with ,19% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 35 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    68 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    61 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    78 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    80 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    80 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    80 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    80 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    80 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

Palm Beach Atlantic University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Palm Beach Atlantic University?

38 Students rated Palm Beach Atlantic University

Madeleine - 03/23/2024

My passion for Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) likely stems from its unique blend of academic excellence, vibrant campus life, and values-driven education, which align closely with my personal and academic goals. Firstly, PBA's commitment to academic excellence ensures that I will receive a top-notch education in my chosen field of nursing. The university offers a diverse range of programs taught by esteemed faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. The small class sizes foster an intimate learning environment where I can engage with professors and peers, facilitating deeper understanding and collaboration. Additionally, PBA's vibrant campus life provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth outside the classroom. Whether through student organizations, community service initiatives, or internships, I will have the chance to explore my interests, develop leadership skills, and make meaningful connections that will last a lifetime. Moreover, PBA's values-driven education resonates with my own beliefs and principles. As a Christian university, PBA emphasizes the importance of faith, integrity, and service, instilling in students a strong moral compass and a sense of responsibility to make a positive impact on the world. Overall, PBA checks all the boxes on my must-haves for a college experience by offering a rigorous academic environment, a vibrant campus community, and a values-driven education that aligns with my personal and academic aspirations. My passion for PBA reflects my excitement about the transformative opportunities it presents for my future.

ryleigh - 03/11/2021

Personally I believe Palm Beach Atlantic University is a wonderful place to learn what you want to pursue in. Who wouldn't want to be by the beach and warm weather all the time?! Student and Faculty here are super nice and supportive as well. Many sports and activities to join and places to explore.

Victoria - 06/19/2020

I think it is a wonderful school with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. We are not only involved in and focused on our education, but we care for and support one another. Palm Beach Atlantic's students have a great energy both in class and outside of it.

Shier - 04/12/2020

Palm beach Atlantic seems like an amazing university ocean view, amazing food, close time with professors, and every one is so close and friendly. We have a chick-fil-a on campus little Einstein bros bagels and so much more. Everyone basically goes to church together the students and professors. The class ratio is around 12:1. They have so many events on campus and welcome week seems like so much fun a great week to meet new people and enjoy the campus it feels so safe and warm. There are many parking spaces available for students and so many clubs and organizations. The Housing are nice and beautiful and roomy. You got lounges and computers everywhere and a fun get together space basically in all dorm sections. There are over 150 different programs at palm beach Atlantic such as Accounting, Biblical Studies, Business degrees, biology and so much more !

Palm Beach Atlantic University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Palm Beach Atlantic University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Palm Beach Atlantic University is 93%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would have paid more attention and school, and made sure I have it my very best. Even though I graduated with pretty good grades, I could have done better to get a perfect 4.0. Better grades equal more oportunities such as full scholarships, where I wouldn't have to worry about the cost of school now.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    The majority of my classmates are conservative, white, wealthy students who are friendly and enthusiastic about their social life, even if that means their academic career may suffer.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Palm Beach Atlantic University is a small college, beautiful college that makes you feel comfortable and at home in the midst of city life.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Palm Beach Atlantic University is a christian based school. It may be a small university but it was the best decsion of my life. The part that makes it unique is we get to build relationships with our professors. My professor gets to know me better than anyone else can. Through all the hardwork i can meet my professor and he or she will help me with any questions i have. Another reason why it's unique, I get to live on the beach! After all the hard work i get to go to the beach and relax.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    Location Christian atmosphere

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who is not willing to participate in school activities, such as chuch, communtiy service, and clubs.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who loves to learn should attend this school. This university has a wonderful academic reputation with lots of choices regarding majors. The professors here are very friendly and take an interest in their students' lives.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    My school seems to have lost touch with the indevidual student. Professors are caring and personable, but the administration seems more intrested in making money than anything esle.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The only thing that I wish I would have known before attending this school was the major that I wanted to declare. I think I would have taken more classes that had to do with what ended up being my minor, simply because I declared a Communication major before I knew what I wanted.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The beautiful location in downtown West Palm Beach with the water so close by.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The fact the campus is located literally a five minute walk from the beautiful Intercoastal Waterway, and only a mile from the beautiful beaches of West Palm Beach. The location is absolutely gorgeous to go along with an amazing student atmosphere.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I am completely satisfied with Palm Beach Atlantic Universty i have no fustrations within myself for the this school and i am excited on entering this fall.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    PBA is a rather small Christian University. However, the size of it makes the community very close. It is easy to get to know people because you see them everyday, and your professors make a great deal of effort to get to know you. The professors have been one of my favorite aspects of the school. I went to a large public high school in Ohio and I often heard that in college my professors would not care about me. This is not the case at PBA at all! Many of my professors have taken the time to get to know me personally and I know that I have thrived in my education because of this fact. I honestly cannot say enough good things about the many professors I have come to know and love. There are a lot of rules students should know before they come to PBA, because if they do not, they often end up transferring to a different school. There are many, many transfer students (both to and from PBA). Read the Navigator before you decide to come here. There is no sense in being ignorant of the fact that there are rules which PBA expects its students to follow. However, the administration is forgiving and does realize that students make "mistakes". Though students will often be punished for mess-ups, there is an air of forgiveness around campus. PBA is in a constant state of change, which is something nice about the University. We just got a new President, Lou Hardin (who came from Arkansas). This fall we completed our Library, which is absolutely stunning. Recently, we purchased a new building for the Theatre Department (which was sorely needed), and we are in the process of building a new recreation facility with all of our own sports fields. All the change makes me excited about the future of PBA. I hope to see a great deal of expansion after I am graduated. I also love the location of PBA. I originally came here because I wanted to get out of Ohio and wanted to experience something different. The beach is a perk of going to school at PBA, but like I said earlier, everyday life gets in the way most of the time. After living in West Palm Beach for 2 1/2 years I have come to take the area for-granted. I love the fact that PBA is in the city. There are tons of places to rent for students who want to live off-campus, and there are lots of things to do in the city itself. CityPlace (a shopping center in West Palm) is two blocks away from campus and it has a movie theatre, Starbucks, GAP, Victoria's Secret, Barnes and Noble, Macy's, Cheesecake Factory, and also many other things. Every Friday and Saturday CityPlace has live bands performing and there are a lot of really cool restaurants like Taverna Opa's and Carousel. Also, Clematis Street is about five blocks away from PBA and it does have night-life for the "over-21" crowd. Not only that, but on Clematis there is another Starbucks, more restaurants, a brand-new public library, and on Thursdays they do "Clematis by Night" where live local bands perform and local vendors set-up shop in the square. PBA also has things to do on campus. Coffeehouses are one of my favorite campus activities, though it is usually a younger crowd who attends these events. At coffeehouses there are poetry readings, student bands and performers and different themes. I always enjoy seeing the talent of fellow-students which is why I enjoy going to Coffeehouses. Intramurals are HUGE at PBA. They are one of the best ways to meet new people and make new friends. We have a ton of Intramurals, and if we don't have the sport you want, just suggest that they add it to their schedule and they usually make accommodations. Over 1/2 the student body participates in intramurals, and it's people should definitely get involved in.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Many people would stereotype all PBA students to be beach bum surfers who all play the guitar.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Sailfish Cup is a huge new-tradition on campus. It's only about three years or four years old, but it's hosted by Campus Recreation and Intramurals. It's a competition between Dorms over the course of a weekend that involves sporting events, board game competitions, and Lip-Sync (which is the most popular event... you can find performances on YouTube), among other things. This is by far one of my favorite weekends of the year. Live on campus for at least a year! If you do not, you will have a hard time feeling like you are a part of the community here. The girl to guy ratio is rumored to be pretty terrible. I don't know if it's all true, but I have been single almost my entire time at PBA. Many people who go here are in pretty serious relationships and it's not uncommon to hear of about a hundred weddings during the spring and summer. It's certainly not uncommon to have married or engaged students in your classes. There is no Greek life on campus, and if you're awake on Tuesday at 2 am you are either studying or writing papers. Not many students attend athletic events unless it's actually on-campus.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    The professors are great at PBA! They know your name, and you are never invisible in a class. The class sizes are small. The largest class I have had at PBA was about 50 students. I've had a History class with about 10 (which was awesome!). I never feel afraid to ask a question or get involved in class, because most students are pretty active. It is easy to connect with professors outside of the classroom. You can stay after class and chat, go to their office during hours, or send them an e-mail to set-up an appointment. You see professors walking around campus all the time, and often they are walking with their students. It's nice to see that the professors here value their relationships with their students. PBA also has some great elective choices, Scuba, for example. Right now I am in an Intro to Latin Dance class, which is a ton of fun! I absolutely love the Communication Department at PBA, mostly because of the professors. I feel like I am actually engaged in what I am learning and am able to apply what I have learned in the classroom to everyday life. Some of the courses I have enjoyed were: Interpersonal Communication (where you learn about relationships, among many other things), Gender Communication, and Non-Verbal Communication.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No. Though there are a lot of white students at PBA, we're certainly not all rich (even though there may be a couple of those...). And though we do live near the beach, we're not all beach bums either. Everyday life tends to get in the way of constantly being at the beach. I do have to admit that I was there VERY often my first semester at PBA. Now I just take it for-granted.

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  19. Describe a typical weekend.

    I do nothing on campus and I go downtown to the bars.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Palm Beach Atlantic University receive some sort of financial aid. 28% were awarded federal grants. While 57% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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