See what students say:


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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

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



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

Information Sessions
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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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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.


Applicants: 1,581
Acceptance Rate: 92%



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