Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL
901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. The university is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. PBA was founded in 1968 as a Christian college by Dr. Jess C. Moody, then the superintendent of the Florida District of the Assemblies of God. It was originally established as a two-year junior college, known as Palm Beach Atlantic College, and began offering classes in September 1969. In June 1986, the Florida Legislature authorized the college to offer its first four-year degree, and in December 1987, Palm Beach Atlantic was granted university status by the Florida Department of Education.

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's and master's degrees. PBA is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The university's mission is "to prepare students for lifelong learning and service to God and humanity in the marketplace."

PBA offers over 50 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs. The university is divided into five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, the Rinker School of Business, the Warren L. Williamson, Jr. School of Nursing, and the School of Education. The university also has an Honors College and an Adult and Graduate Studies program.

PBA's main campus is located on 86 acres (35 hectares) of land in downtown West Palm Beach. The campus includes several buildings, including the Warren Library, the Greene Complex, the Rubenstein Arts Center, and the W. R. Grace Hall of Science. The university also has a satellite campus in Wellington, Florida, and a presence in downtown Orlando, Florida.

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked PBA as the 121st best regional university in the South and the 7th best value school in the region. The university was also ranked as the 3rd most innovative school in the South and the 10th best college for veterans in the region.

Quick Facts

Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above

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Annual Costs

Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $52,539

Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $52,539

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The estimated cost for four years as an undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic University is $193906.08. This includes the average cost of attendance for four years plus the interest on the average loan over a ten year repayment minus the average of grants and scholarships per student.

We then contrast this figure with average early-career and mid-career average incomes of graduates of four year programs at Palm Beach Atlantic University. For graduates of Palm Beach Atlantic University, we saw an average early-career income of $49200.00 and mid-career income of $81800.00. We then ranked the school's value based on how many years of mid-career income it takes to repay the educational costs.