Palm Beach Atlantic University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Palm Beach Atlantic University is private, interdenominational Christian university with an acceptance rate of 95%. Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, PBA sits along the Intracoastal Waterway just a mile away from the Atlantic Ocean. The university has an average class size of 17 and an undergraduate student / faculty ratio of 12-to-1. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors as well as graduate and professional degree programs. High achieving students might consider the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program which offers small classes, travel opportunities, and a living/learning environment in the Weyenberg Honors House. The Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference.

Considering applying to Palm Beach Atlantic University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Palm Beach Atlantic University had an acceptance rate of 95%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 95 students were admitted, making PBA's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 1,534
Percent Admitted 95%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 35%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Palm Beach Atlantic University requirers that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 79% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 610
Math 470 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Palm Beach Atlantic's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to PBA scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted student scored between 470 and 590, while 25% scored below 470 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Palm Beach Atlantic.

Requirements

Palm Beach Atlantic does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that PBA participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Palm Beach Atlantic University requirers that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 42% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 17 25
Composite 20 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Palm Beach Atlantic's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Palm Beach Atlantic received a composite ACT score between 20 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Palm Beach Atlantic does not require the optional ACT writing section. Note that PBA does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered.

GPA

Palm Beach Atlantic University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Palm Beach Atlantic University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Palm Beach Atlantic University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Palm Beach Atlantic University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Palm Beach Atlantic University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a less competitive admissions process. However, PBA has holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The university is looking for students who will contribute to the school's Christ-centered community in meaningful ways. PBA values community service and volunteerism, so applicants who can demonstrate their interest in helping others will improve their chances of admission. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Palm Beach Atlantic's average range.

As the graph above shows, most accepted students (the green and blue dots) had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 18 or higher, and a high school average of B or better.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Palm Beach Atlantic University Undergraduate Admissions Office.