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Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, 4-year, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, FL. Additional campuses are located in Wellington and Orlando. The West Palm Beach campus is continually growing and has added a number of facilities in recent years. The college aims to incorporate Christian values, love of country, and community service into its curriculum. All students are required to complete 45 hours of community service during each academic year. Palm Beach Atlantic University enrolls more than 3,500 students, and more than 2,800 of those students are undergraduates.


Palm Beach Atlantic University offers almost 50 different undergraduate majors and several graduate degree programs. These programs are organized into 9 different academic schools. Students can earn doctorates in pharmacy through the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy. Graduates of the School of Nursing have above a 95% average pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses. Creative students may find their niche in the School of Music and Fine Arts. The School of Ministry offers one master's degree and several bachelor's degrees.

The MacArthur School of Leadership offers a dual degree program that allows students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's in 3 to 4.5 years. The School of Education and Behavioral Studies trains future teachers, counselors, and trainers. Students can major in cinema-television, journalism, communications, or theater in the School of Communications and Media. Future business professionals can earn their degrees through the Rinker School of Business. Finally, the School of Arts and Sciences offers an array of majors ranging from pre-engineering to history to forensic science.


Students seeking admission to Palm Beach Atlantic University should be high school graduates who have completed at least 4 units of English, 3 units each of math, natural sciences, and social sciences, and 5 units of academic electives. The admissions decisions are made based on the applicant's GPA, the level of the high school academic programs completed, extracurricular activities, and the applicant's compatibility with the direction of the university.

Students may apply online; a $50 application fee is required. Applicants are also required to submit their high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and a personal essay detailing their academic goals and faith. In Fall 2011, more than 1,300 students applied for admission to Palm Beach Atlantic University, and more than 80% were admitted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, tuition for first-time undergraduate students at Palm Beach Atlantic for the year was about $24,000. Students spent an additional $920 for books and supplies. Students who lived on-campus spent about $9,000 for room and board and $3,000 for other living expenses.

Palm Beach Atlantic University offers an array of financial aid options, including scholarships to qualified students based on need, academic achievement, and other factors. Interested students can apply for these scholarships through the school's website. In the 2010-2011 school year, all first-time students at Palm Beach Atlantic University qualified for some type of financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation Interdenominational**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 3,663 (2,836 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 8 residential facilities*
Schools and Programs 9 schools, 48 undergraduate majors, 4 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Engineering (1)
Bachelor's: Organizational behavior studies (139)
Master's: Counseling psychology (75)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (65)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in 2003:
43% in 4 years
53% in 6 years
55%in 8 years**
Admission Rate 83% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 478 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates Full-time 72%, part-time 100% (2010-2011)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% in 2011: 1370-1730 for ACT composite, 21-25 for SAT composite**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Rolling decisions*
Tuition (2011-2012) $24,100 per year (includes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (81%), federal student loans (59%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% if full-time freshmen in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Palm Beach Atlantic University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 901 South Flagler Drive, P.O. Box 24708, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708
  • Phone: (888) GO TO PBA or (561) 803-2000
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