Sep 25, 2018  
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2013-2014 
    
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



Palm Beach Atlantic University selects candidates for admission who display high academic quality and a solid commitment to faith. The following credentials are required to complete an application: academic transcripts, test scores (SAT and/or ACT), and an essay that details the intersection of the applicant’s faith journey with his or her collegiate goals.

PBA seeks to enroll a dynamic class of individuals with a variety of accomplishments, interests and attributes by evaluating each applicant’s academic record, essay, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Though a traditional entry term begins in the fall, PBA will accept applicants for spring and summer terms. The University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, handicap, religion, or national/ethnic origin. The mission statement from the Admissions Office states: “As admission professionals, we will serve the students in a holistic manner with integrity and truth, while guiding them towards the plans God has for them.”

Admission Requirements

Freshmen (Undergraduate)

Students may begin to apply for admission after their junior year in high school, and must submit the following credentials:

  • A completed online application (https://www.pba.edu/apply-online) and a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • A 300-500 word essay that details the intersection of the applicant’s faith journey with his or her collegiate goals
  • High school transcripts
  • Scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)

High school course work should include at least 18 units of college preparatory courses: English (4 units), mathematics (3 units at the level of Algebra I or higher), natural science (3 units with substantial lab work), social science (3 units of history, government, economics, psychology, or sociology), and academic electives (5 units from above areas and from computer science, fine arts, foreign languages, and humanities). Some flexibility is permitted in choice of subjects. Students may be accepted for admission without the recommended number of courses in a particular field. The GED is acceptable as a substitute for a high school diploma.

The Admission Review Committee is concerned with the academic strength of the student's program, grade point average (GPA), SAT or ACT scores, participation in extracurricular activities, and overall fit with the University.

Homeschooled Students

PBA welcomes applications from students with non-traditional high school experiences. We will need a formal document, preferably from a third-party organization, that provides the curriculum studied and grades earned in each course. SAT and ACT scores are used to help assess college-level, academic readiness.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous school and be in good standing. All transfer students must submit the following credentials:

  • A completed online application (https://www.pba.edu/apply-online) and a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • A 300-500 word essay that details the intersection of the applicant’s faith journey with his or her collegiate goals
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended (2.5 minimum GPA on at least 12 semester credit hours course work or equivalent). NOTE: Telefaxed documents may be used during the admission process; however, they are not a substitute for officials.

A transfer student who has been enrolled full-time for at least one semester and has attempted 12 or more college-level credit hours acceptable by PBA will not be required to submit ACT/SAT scores or a high school transcript.

Credit will be awarded for courses completed at regionally accredited institutions if they approximately correspond to PBA courses and if the student has earned a grade of “C-“ or better. In order to register for subsequent semesters, official transcripts must be submitted directly to Palm Beach Atlantic University from every institution previously attended. This includes institutions where courses were attempted and credit was not earned (failing grades or withdrawals). PBA reserves the right to research previous institutions attended through the National Student Clearinghouse database.

A student presenting transfer credit from an institution that was not accredited as degree granting by a post-secondary regional accrediting commission at the time the course work was completed may seek credit validation upon the successful completion (at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0) of 30 credit hours at PBA. For planning purposes, an unofficial evaluation of credit will be provided at the time of enrollment. Only courses that parallel those of PBA and for which a grade of “C-” or better has been earned will be considered. Upon the completion of the residency requirement and satisfaction of the academic progress requirement, the unofficial evaluation will be validated and the courses will transfer as noted on the official evaluation. The student must submit written notification to the Office of the Registrar upon successful completion of the residency requirement.

Articulation Agreement: Any student completing an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited community college is guaranteed:

  • Junior standing with the application of a minimum of 60 credit hours toward the baccalaureate degree; and
  • Recognition of completion of the general education requirements, excluding Exploring the Bible, Christian Values and Biblical Faith, and Freedom in American Society.

International Students

International students applying to PBA should submit an application at least four to six months prior to the desired date of entrance and must submit the following credentials:

Freshmen

  • A completed online application (https://www.pba.edu/apply-online) and a non-refundable $50 application fee, US currency
  • A 300-500 word essay that details the intersection of the applicant’s faith journey with his or her collegiate goals
  • Scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)
  • TOEFL scores; For students seeking entry to PBA from a country where English is not the primary language, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5 is required
  • Official secondary education transcripts equivalent to graduation from an American high school. Transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must include a course by course evaluation and GPA equivalent from an educational consulting firm that is an approved member of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, www.naces.org). Recommended firms include Josef Silny and Associates (www.jsilny.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Transfers

  • A completed online application (https://www.pba.edu/apply-online) and a non-refundable $50 application fee, US currency
  • A 300-500 word essay that details the intersection of the applicant’s faith journey with his or her collegiate goals
  • TOEFL scores; For students seeking entry to PBA from a country where English is not the primary language, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5 is required
  • Official transcripts from all previous universities attended. Transcripts from universities outside the U.S. must include a course by course evaluation and GPA equivalent from an educational consulting firm that is an approved member of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, www.naces.org). Recommended firms include Josef Silny and Associates (www.jsilny.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Student Visa

International students who are not citizens or residents of the U.S. are required to apply for an F-1 student visa to study at PBA. Interested students should apply early to complete all admission requirements and allow sufficient time to process student visas. Contact your Admissions Counselor for additional information.

Non-Degree Students

Students may be admitted to PBA on a non-degree seeking basis. To be considered for non-degree status, please contact the Admissions Office at (561)803-2992. If the student desires to take a class at PBA that has pre-requisites, the student must supply official college transcripts demonstrating completion of those requirements. If the student is interested in living on campus, he or she must apply for housing and fulfill any requirements requested by Residence Life. The University reserves the right to deny housing to any student.

Non-degree seeking students also have the ability to audit a course. When auditing a course, the cost for the course will be less but the student will not receive credit. Should the student decide to audit a course, he or she must notify the Admissions Office.

Students who have completed a degree and are seeking to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate school may also apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Transient Students from Other Institutions

PBA welcomes transient students who are currently enrolled in other colleges and universities. A non-degree application must be submitted, and the student must also submit a letter of good standing from the institution in which he or she is currently enrolled. Transient study is usually limited to nine credit hours and students should obtain approval from the institution in which they are enrolled.

Supplemental Applications

Some programs require either an audition or a supplemental application prior to official major declaration:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Nursing*
  • Cinema Television
  • Athletic Training*
  • Honors
  • Pre-Health*

Deadline for Completing Applications

Applications are accepted throughout the year. The Admission Review Committee convenes weekly from September through August, and reviews files on a rolling admission basis. While there is no deadline, students are encouraged to apply early for housing, registration, and financial assistance.

A mandatory $300 reservation deposit is required for all first-time students. This deposit secures the student’s registration and is refunded after the student is no longer enrolled at PBA.

Admission Status

Accepted Students

Students who are selected by the Admission Review Committee are invited to enroll at PBA for the entry term for which they applied.

Provisional Acceptance

On occasion, admitted students may be subject to specific academic course requirements at the discretion of the Admission Review Committee. Provisional courses may be either remedial or credit-seeking, and function as academic support for students in both the mathematics and English disciplines.

Waitlisted Students

If a student’s application is adequate for admission, but is lacking in one or more considered aspects, he or she may be waitlisted. While it is not necessary to provide updated transcripts or test scores, it is highly encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence. The Admission Review Committee may accept or deny a waitlisted student at any time.

Denied Students

At the discretion of the Admission Review Committee, students who fail to meet the overall criteria necessary for admission may be denied. Students who are denied must wait a full calendar year (from the date they applied) to reapply. Students who wish to pursue enrollment at PBA after they have been denied must submit a new application and all required documents to the Office of Admissions.

Specialized Programs

Dual Enrolled High School Students

Students may be eligible to enroll in college-level courses at PBA at a reduced rate while still attending high school. To be eligible, the student should exhibit maturity and superior academic achievement. PBA requires an online dual enrollment application with high school transcripts showing a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and a letter of recommendation from the high school guidance counselor. Additional application materials may be requested by the Admission Review Committee. Dual enrollment is limited to 24 attempted credit hours; instruction beyond 24 credit hours requires payment of the full undergraduate tuition rate. Dual enrolled students may take only general education courses. On a case-by-case basis, dual enrolled students may enroll in upper-level courses if he or she receives approval from the Dean of that school. Interested students should contact the Admissions Office for details.

Early Action Junior Program

Students may be eligible to apply for admission to PBA while in their junior year to receive an increased scholarship and benefits. Eligible applicants must exhibit maturity and superior academic achievement, having at least a 3.5 GPA , a 1250 on the SAT (without the writing section) or a 28 on the ACT. Applications become available on November 15th and must be completed by March 31st of the student’s junior year in high school. A completed application includes the following: an online application, transcripts, tests scores, a character recommendation, and a phone interview. Applicants will be notified of a decision by April of their junior year. Accepted students will receive an additional $3,000 per year, priority housing, registration and honors review, free books and parking garage decal for the first semester, and an iPad upon matriculation to PBA. Though notified of a decision in their junior year, students will finish high school and matriculate after graduation. The Early Action Junior Program is a non-binding acceptance, but accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 by June 1st to secure their seats in this scholarship program.

Early Admit Program

A student may be admitted to PBA and begin their undergraduate career at the end of their junior year in high school (omitting the senior year) if their high school academic achievement is superior. Students must obtain recommendation letters from their principal, guidance counselor, and parents, and exhibit the maturity necessary for university life. Regular admission procedures are required in addition to the three letters of recommendation previously listed. If the student wishes to live in campus housing, he or she must apply and fulfill all requirements through Residence Life. The University reserves the right to deny housing to any student.

Readmission

PBA students who sit out one semester or more must apply online for readmission: http://www.pba.edu/admissions-forms. The Office of the Registrar advises all students who are pursuing readmission. If the returning student has completed college-level work since leaving PBA, official transcripts from all institutions must be sent to the Office of the Registrar.

*The Pre-Health, Nursing and Athletic Training major applications must be completed post-enrollment.