Palm Beach Atlantic University
Admissions Office:
P.O. Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708

(561) 803-2100 or
(888) GO-TO-PBA

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The University has an outstanding faculty who are dedicated to Christian education. The University's family atmosphere allows for a great deal of student-faculty interaction in and out of the classroom. No graduate assistants teach at PBA.

Culture is the unifying force in the general education program that is required of all degree programs. The Unified Studies program is designed to give students a "wide-angle lens" on the world with an interdisciplinary focus on four areas: Faith and Culture, Communication and Culture, History and Culture, and Science and Culture. The program is a collaborative effort among faculty, not only from within the department of instruction but also from related areas. Guest lectures and team-teaching are integral components, and students shape their own experiences by becoming participating, active learners.

The academic year is divided into two semesters, one running from September through December, the second from January through April. Three summer terms are offered as well.

Several courses during the May and summer terms include opportunities for study abroad that carry academic credit. Semester-abroad programs are also available.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University
901 South Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Atlantic University

University Description
Palm Beach Atlantic University was founded in 1968 by concerned Palm
Beach County residents who felt the need for a unique institution of
higher learning that would stress not only academic quality but also
character development and spiritual maturity. Chartered as a Christian
liberal arts college, Palm Beach Atlantic offers a high-quality
education for students of all faiths. In 1972 the University was
accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award
bachelor's degrees.

PBA has grown to serve over 3,000 students in a variety of
traditional and nontraditional programs. Five master's and professional
degree programs also are offered: Master of Business Administration,
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Master of Education in
elementary education, Master of Science in counseling psychology, and
Doctor of Pharmacy.

For both undergraduate and graduate students, Palm Beach Atlantic seeks
to promote intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth. The undergraduate
may opt for a variety of ways to get involved in college life, including
service and leadership organizations, intercollegiate and intramural
sports, fine arts, religious groups, and professionally oriented
organizations such as Kappa Delta Epsilon and Phi Beta Lambda. All
students attend weekly chapel services.

Academic Life
More than 80 programs of study arranged into nine academic schools: Arts
& Sciences, Communication & Media, Education & Behavioral Studies,
Rinker School of Business, Music & Fine Arts, Ministry, MacArthur School
of Continuing Education, Nursing, and Pharmacy. PBA also offers master's
degree programs in business administration, organizational leadership,
elementary education, counseling psychology, and a doctoral program in

At PBA, we know that success means many things and involves far more
than a salary. We've designed our programs - both inside and outside the
classroom - to help students grow and be successful in every area of
life ... academically, spiritually, socially and financially.

The Bachelor of Arts is offered in acting for stage & screen; applied
communication; art; art education (K-12); biblical studies; Christian
leadership; Christian leadership & theatre; Christian social ministry;
communication studies; dance; drama education (K-12); elementary
education, with specializations in middle grades English and middle
grades social sciences; English; English secondary education (6-12);
history; history secondary education (6-12); ministry; music; musical
theater; organizational communication; philosophy and religion;
political science; political science secondary education (6-12);
pre-law; print journalism; radio & television news; religious studies;
script & screenwriting; secondary education, with specializations in
drama (6-12), English (6-12), social science/history (6-12), and social
science/political science (6-12); speech communication; television
production; and theater arts. A Bachelor of General Studies is also

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered in church music, instrument
performance, keyboard performance, music composition, music education
(K-12), and voice performance.

The Bachelor of Science is offered in applied finance & accounting;
athletic training; biology, with concentrations in botany, environmental
science, field biology, graduate school preparation, pre-health
professional, marine biology, molecular & biotechnology, and zoology;
biology secondary education (6-12); computer information systems;
elementary education, with specializations in Pre-K primary, middle
grades general sciences, middle grades mathematics, specific learning
disabilities (K-12), and varying exceptionalities certification;
entrepreneurship; international business; management; marketing;
mathematics; nursing; organizational management; physical education;
physical education secondary education (6-12); psychology; secondary
education, with specializations in biology (6-12), mathematics (6-12),
and physical education (6-12); and sport management.

Minors are offered in accounting, art, biblical studies, biology,
business administration, chemistry, Christian leadership, Christian
social ministry, communication, computer information systems, computer
information systems, dance, English, exercise science, graphic arts,
history, marketing, mathematics, missions, music, musical theater,
oceanography, philosophy, physical education, political science,
psychology, public relations, religious studies, sociology, Spanish,
technical theatre, theater arts, and youth ministry.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate
(IB), and Advanced Placement (AP) test credits are accepted, and
advanced standing is granted to qualified students. Opportunities are
available for independent and directed study.

Campus Life
An active Student Government Association represents student opinion and plans student activities at the University. Students are represented on most faculty committees and are active in setting the direction of the University.

The University is located on the Intracoastal Waterway across from Palm Beach, approximately 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Palm Beach County provides a broad spectrum of cultural activities in music, theater, and fine arts. The downtown area of West Palm Beach and its shopping and service opportunities are virtually at the University's doorstep.

The Greene Complex

Facilities and Resources
PBA offers excellent, modern facilities on a 25-acre campus in West Palm
Beach, Florida, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm
Beach and only minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. PBA's cosmopolitan
location puts beaches, restaurants and shopping within easy walking or
bicycling distance. With the temperature usually in the 70's or 80's, at
PBA you can enjoy outdoor activities year-round.

And PBA is leading the charge up the information highway with PalmNET, a
campus-wide fiberoptic/wireless network that gives students, faculty and
staff unlimited access to each other via e-mail and to the Internet,
library databases, and more. A Windows-based computer and printer is in
every student residential room as well as on the desk of every full-time
faculty member.

Sports/Varsity Athletics
The Sailfish Athletic Department is based on four pillars that are
exemplified in all athletic activities at Palm Beach Atlantic
University. They are: spiritual vitality, academic excellence, quality
relationships and championship performance. All student-athletes will be
encouraged and challenged to both grow in their faith and convey the
mission of this institution. All student-athletes are guided toward
earning a meaningful degree. The administration is aware that very few
of the student-athletes will compete at the professional level and will
need a degree that will allow them to step directly into the workplace
upon completion of their college career. The Sailfish compete in NCAA
Division III.

Financial Aid

90 percent of the students at PBA receive some type of financial aid
with an average award of over $12,000. Each student should submit the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for
need-based aid. Students may be eligible for federal and state grants,
federal loans, and work-study programs as well as institutional grants
and scholarships.

Admission Requirements/Application
High School graduates are required to submit an application with at
personal essay, one academic and one character recommendation, official
transcripts indicating at least a 3.0 grade point average in
college-prepatory studies, and a minimum score of 960 on the SAT I
(combined) or 22 on the ACT (composite). An interview is required. Each
element of the application file is important; special consideration may
be given to students who do not meet all requirements but exhibit
academic potential. International students must also demonstrate English
proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous college
or must have been out of school for at least one semester. One academic
and one character recommendation are required in addition to official
transcripts indicating a grade point average of 2.5 or better in
previous college work.

Both freshmen and transfer students are admitted in either semester. The
early action deadline is December 1 while regular decisions are made to
all students who apply by February 1. Following February 1 admission
decisions are made on a rolling basis as long as space remains

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