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| I think one of the worst experiences in my life I experienced at PBAU. I can recant the story in detail but it would require several paragraphs. Biased opinions would come forth from teachers and people tend to be very judgmental. It might be a Christian school but having been a transfer student and then gone through other schools I think the loving spirit of Christ is the last thing you find here. I would never go to this school again even to do my masters with free tuition. I should of have stuck with my local community college. There was one male teacher that did make all the difference however. |
|Sep 14 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
Great school. |
The most bizarre thing about reviews are the number of people that complain about the rules.
This is a non-denominational religious school, and that is quite clear upon applying. There are rules, in the handbook that every student has to sign off on, so welcome to the world...if you don't like the rules, that is what happens when you do not read the fine print. Just wait until you start working somewhere for a career, you don't even know what complaining is yet.
Yes, the school is strict. Yes, they have rules for freshman that do not seem fair. But freshman are brand new to college, and the school wants them to focus on their studies and surrounding areas, vs bringing girls up to their dorms. The rules get more lenient as time goes on, and you can also choose to live off campus, with no rules. The complaints about the rules show an underlying theme - too many people who want to have fun vs learning, while at school. Big mistake. Make sure you know what you want to do with your life and major, and focus on those. Otherwise, you will submit yourself after to college to "just getting a job", and you will likely be miserable, or at best just bored. This is the rest of your life. The friends and fun happen naturally even when you study your a$$ off all the time trying to get what you want out of the education.
If you are concerned about the education you will be receiving isntead of how much you can get away with, you will appreciate the school, as most teachers will go out of their way to help you succeed. There is no shortage of study groups, the professors have an open door policy that I've always found to be as-promised, and the religious/ethical core that they teach will serve you well after school. Imagine that, employers like honest, well-behaved people in their company...whoduhthunk it??
So if you want no rules, go to FAU. You won't have to take part in prayers before a class, you won't be required to lend a helping hand in your community, and you won't be forced to sit in chapel ceremonies once a week, where random speakers offer up insights on what it really takes to be a contributing member of society. But if you want a Christian university, that is not as strict as say, Clearwater Christian or Pensacola Christian, you've found the right place. There is a great balance here of both secular and religious ideas. Bonus - meet a local hiring alumni, and you are pretty much a shoe-in at landing a decent job. PBA alumni know the school produces quality students/worker bees. Ha!
|Jun 14 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2001 |
| I was first introduced to PBA by a tour of the school. It seems like the main focus of the tour was the brand new multi-million dollar library and just the library. It's because this is their newest building and one of the only ones that is not infested with grotesque looking rats. Seriously, the dorms here are some of the nastiest looking buildings I have ever been in. They look good on the outside but likely have not been renovated for years (decades) on the inside. I'm a business major and I should of took it as a sign to run when they failed to tour the business building (that's because it's embarrassing). |
PBA focuses more on religious BS than a proper education. The majority of my teachers were adjuncts, and lousy ones at that. You are required to perform 45 hours of community service and 25 hours of chapel, otherwise they will suspend you faster than you can blink and fine you daily. Oh yes, they are very money centered here and try to jiff you every time they can. The products at the stores on campus have 50% mark ups if compared to any other store. The cafe is atrocious and unsanitary.
Staff can be difficult to contact and when a problem emerges they give you a run around the campus. There is hardly any homework so that can either be a good thing or bad thing depending how you look at it. Also, many teachers constantly end class early so they can slack off on our dime. I came here to study not have class cancelled constantly.
Students here are very introverted. There is ZERO social life and the campus is DEAD after 5 pm. "Fun" activities are watching movies outside with 5 people in attendance. God forbid you bring alcohol, you will get kicked out immediately. There is a strict curfew and the RA's are creeps who spy on you when you have girls over. And on the subject of girls, PBA has the most prudes I have ever seen. Downtown west palm is a ghetto and does not have much to offer. The beach is the only redeeming aspect of this school.I could not wait to transfer after my first semester and I am glad that I did. It's not worth the exuberant amount of money this school costs, after all, no one outside of Florida has not even heard about it nor gives two shits.
|May 28 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2017 |