The main campus is located on 29 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach with additional classroom facilities and faculty offices in Orlando and Wellington, Florida, for the purpose of educating adult learners. The University houses nearly 1,300 residential students on the downtown West Palm Beach campus. Just 1.5 miles away, the new Rinker Athletic Campus is a 76-acre facility for practice and intercollegiate competition in baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis. Students also enjoy the jogging path and intramural sports facilities.
Palm Beach Atlantic is known for its dedication to community service and the American free enterprise system. Workship is a distinctive community service program that responds to human needs with Christ-like action in the community and the world. Through community service, students can discern their vocation and develop a life-long habit of servant leadership. To date, Palm Beach Atlantic students have volunteered more than 2.9 million hours.
Palm Beach Atlantic University confidently affirms the values and institutions that historically have informed American society—religious liberty; traditional Judeo-Christian morality; limited, constitutional government; the Rule of Law; personal and political accountability; and capitalism—the system of free enterprise. We believe that America is truly an exceptional nation, which was founded and has flourished under the guiding providential hand of God. We aim to develop in each of our students an appreciation for the unique American achievement in its many dimensions—social, political, economic, moral, legal, and religious. Our general education curriculum, required of all students, includes a course entitled “Freedom in American Society,” which examines the meaning and significance of freedom in the American experience. Students explore such topics as the historical roots of American liberty, with special emphasis on the close link between liberty and Christianity, and the nature of freedom as understood by the chief architects of the American political order. They examine the interdependence between political and economic freedom, in particular, the significance of free-enterprise capitalism for the preservation of liberty. They learn about the structure of American constitutional democracy and the traditional meaning of justice and the Rule of Law.
These studies help students recognize the various threats to individual freedom, religious liberty, and other traditional American rights and values that have emerged over the past several centuries, as well as contemporary challenges to their preservation.
Palm Beach Atlantic is recognized by The Princeton Review among the top universities in the Southeast (2016), US News best online bachelor’s programs four years in a row and best colleges in the South (2015). For the eighth consecutive year, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Palm Beach Atlantic University to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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