Palm Beach Atlantic University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts institution situated in West Palm Beach, Florida. The institution has a mean class size of 17 students and an undergraduate student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers 48 undergraduate majors and several graduate and professional degree programs. Outside of academics, the institution also has more than 60 social, professional, and religious student organizations and clubs. The Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish play as independent members of the NCAA Division II and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).


  • Total Enrollment: 3,705 (2,855 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37% Male/63% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,500
  • Books: $1,058
  • Room and Board: $10,410
  • Other Expenses: $6,286
  • Total Cost: $50,254

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,022
    • Loans: $6,428

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Health Professions and Related Programs; Theology and Religious Vocations; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Palm Beach Atlantic University Admissions

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) admits the large majority of applicants each year. In 2019, the school accepted 95 percent of those who submitted applications. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps’ application process.

Admissions Data             

  • Palm Beach Atlantic University Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/630
    • SAT Math: 490/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: 20/27
    • ACT Math: 18/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Palm Beach Atlantic University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Palm Beach Atlantic University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Palm Beach Atlantic University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Palm Beach Atlantic University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Applying to Palm Beach Atlantic University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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