PBA At A Glance
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1968.
Main Campus Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, links will take you to PBA's Web site at www.pba.edu
traditional day (West Palm Beach)
415 evening adult (West Palm Beach, Wellington, Orlando and online)
562 master's programs (West Palm Beach, Wellington and Orlando)
315 professional in pharmacy
378 dual enrollment
1,077 resident students
13,000 + alumni
West Palm Beach Academic Programs
Orlando Academic Programs
Wellington Academic Programs
Palm Beach Atlantic University was founded in 1968 as a coeducational Christian liberal arts university. The University was named for its location in the Palm Beaches and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The first classes were held in the fall of 1968.
PBA held its first graduation in the spring of 1972 and later that year received initial accreditation from the regional accrediting association. Classes were first held at 1101 South Olive Avenue in downtown West Palm Beach in the former facilities of the First Baptist Church.
During the ensuing years, the historic auditorium building has served many different roles for the University. Today, the building is undergoing renovation to serve as a portion of the Warren Library. The University has a comprehensive campus master plan that incorporates approximately 27 acres of land from the Intracoastal Waterway west along Okeechobee Boulevard to Dixie Highway, south to Jefferson Street, and back east to the waterway. The first building completed was the Lassiter Student Center, which was occupied in 1983. In addition, the University has purchased nearly 100 acres just minutes from campus for the construction of an outdoor athletic complex.
Recent additions to the campus include:
The projected master plan also calls for the construction of several other buildings, including a communication building, theatre, performing arts center, classrooms and residence halls and additional parking garages.
Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus
A permanent home for Sailfish athletics is the 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus at 3401 Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach — just a short drive from Palm Beach Atlantic University. The campus, located between I-95 and Parker Avenue just north of Southern Boulevard, officially opened Sept. 4, 2014 and will provide facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate and intramural and club sport competitions.
Varsity athletes, intramural participants and Sailfish fans will benefit from this incomparable Athletic Campus. The Athletic Campus will include 30,000-square-foot athletics complex, workout facilities, tennis and basketball courts, baseball, soccer and multipurpose fields, running trails and an 11-acre community park.