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Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach

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Funny how there are all these positive, generic reviews

Feb 22 2014PreMed and Medical
Funny how there are all these positive, generic reviews all in the span of three weeks. Judging from the ones before and after, I bet someone wasn't too happy that PBA is at the bottom of the list. I hope my review is helpful and lets other students choose more wisely than I did.

I'm a current junior at PBA and the decision to attend here has been the worst of my life. They have the most closed-minded demonstration of "Christian" attitude I have ever seen. Their administration cares more about profit than Christ.

I started here wanting to grow as a Christian and the only thing I have learned is that this place only loves you as long as you follow the rules. THE INSTANT you struggle with depression, eating disorders, homosexuality, self-harm, alcohol, or drugs, then you are viewed as a problem. We have an eating disorder week, but it consists of a poster in the student room. That's it. If you are caught with alcohol or drugs, then you're out. No questions, no arguments; I hope it was worth it.

Administration is not interested in you. They have one thing on their mind, and that's money. The president is only present if there's a camera involved. Financial Aid is a waste; you'll end up with thousands of dollars in debt regardless of your scholarships or loans.

Classes are a pathetic. Most teachers are there to hear themselves talk. They are not interested in opinion or free thought; they quite literally just want you to bask in their presence. Pretentious, and definitely not in the top of their field. If you are trying to be any kind of medical professional, then please find another school. Because of their poor scheduling, it takes PBA students 4-5 years to accomplish what other schools could in 3. I have had to course override four semesters in order to keep up with the ever-changing major requirements; I might have to schedule another year.

The social event of the year was a movie on the lawn; between 30/2000 daytime students actually showed, and 10 of them were paid by the school to work the event. The entire city closes at 8, and even the fast food places aren't open 24/7. Speaking of places off-campus: if you don't have a car, then you're screwed.

Dorms are kept up on the outside to appeal to the locals, but the insides are horrendous. My current dorm room is moldy, rat-infested, and has countless fire hazards. When the floor bathroom flooded through the walls into my closet, the solution was to "not put anything on the ground because it could get wet". When the power went out, the school immediately blamed AT&T for their problems instead of the faulty wiring. The caf is even worse. It too is rat-infested and has mold. Their dishwasher breaks on a weekly basis, they have served expired food in the past, and their health inspections have not gone over swimmingly. The campus advertises Chic-fil-A and Einstein's, but it is sourced through Aramark Foods and is therefore not a legitimate franchise associated with either restaurant. Don't expect full menu, reasonable pricing, or decent service.

Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: - Reputation: -

I think one of the worst experiences in

Sep 14 2013Other
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.
4th Year Male -- Class 2008
Campus Maintenance: A+, Education Quality: F

Great school

Jun 14 2013Business - Management and Administration
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!

4th Year Male -- Class 2001
Useful Schoolwork: A-, Social Life: C-

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