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Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private institution that was founded in 1968. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,751, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 96 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Palm Beach Atlantic University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 44. Its tuition and fees are $25,532 (2013-14).
Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) boasts a scenic campus in West Palm Beach, Fla. The university is an interdenominational Christian institution and encourages students to strengthen their faith through courses and mission trips. Students are required to volunteer at least 45 hours each year through the school’s Workship program, either on campus or in the surrounding community, and must attend at least 24 sessions in the campus chapel each year. On campus, there are more than 60 clubs and organizations to consider joining, and students host more than 100 musical and theatrical performances a year for their peers to check out.
The PBA athletic teams are known as the Sailfish and compete in the NCAA Division II National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). For graduate students, Palm Beach Atlantic University also operates the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, in addition to offering a variety of graduate counseling psychology degrees. Contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North formed while three of its members, Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, and Scott Sanders, were students at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
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Palm Beach Atlantic is a distinctly Christian university in a thriving urban location along Florida's beautiful Gold Coast in West Palm Beach. Founded in 1968, the university is known for its signature community service program called "Workship," which has recorded more than 2.5 million student service hours. The campus' vibrant religious life offers students broad experiences for spiritual growth through mission trips around the world, weekly worship services and student-led prayer groups. Now in its 45th year, the university remains true to its founding ideals described in its motto "Enlightening Minds, Enriching Souls, Extending Hands."
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Christian Interdenominational|
When applying to Palm Beach Atlantic University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is March 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Palm Beach Atlantic University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 95.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 43.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||95.9%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Palm Beach Atlantic University is 13:1, and the school has 66.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Palm Beach Atlantic University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Theology and Religious Vocations; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||39%|
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Palm Beach Atlantic University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,751, with a gender distribution of 36.8 percent male students and 63.2 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Palm Beach Atlantic University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Palm Beach Atlantic University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
|Students who have cars on campus||70%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Palm Beach Atlantic University, 77.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,958.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$25,532 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$8,350 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data