Many students are looking for new ways to go to college. Online university is a great way to create your own schedule and design your own program. PBIA’s university program adds the ability to engage in-person, one-on-one with your professors, at one of our campuses or via videoconference.
Our students come from all types of backgrounds with all types of interests. Many use us to attain a two- or four-year degree or to get a jump on college during high school or a gap year. Others come to finish degrees begun at other institutions. Still others work with us while pursuing their dreams as athletes, artists and other professionals.
Mix and match online courses from any of our accredited partner universities or transfer credits earned at another school. Regular one-on-one tutorials, either in-person or by videoconference, ensure you will remain engaged, make progress in your courses, and keep up your grades.
Anyone, no matter his or her educational background, can enroll as a non-degree-seeking student and begin taking classes toward a university certificate or degree. To be admitted to a degree program, you will have to complete at least eight university courses with grades of C or better. Alternately, students with high school diplomas and SAT or ACT scores can apply directly into one of our degree programs.
No. You can begin as a non-degree-seeking student without submitting test scores. If you demonstrate that you can do college-level work by earning a C or better in at least eight courses, you can enter one of our degree programs as a transfer student.
Yes. You can enroll in many of our university courses on a dual-credit basis, so that you are earning high-school and college credits simultaneously.
No. We welcome students of all ages.
We recommend between 2 and 4 tutorial sessions per class, per week and will work with you to schedule your classes in the way that best works for your life. For example, one student may schedule classes from 8:30-12:30 Monday through Thursday, with afternoons and Fridays free. Another student may schedule all of her classes on Mondays.
You can take as many or as few classes as you’d like.
Our courses are rigorous. A typical semester-long course might require a student to submit 8-15 graded assignments and take 1-4 exams. As a general guideline, students should plan on devoting 8-12 hours per course per week.
While requirements vary by program, a typical associate’s degree requires 20 classes and a typical bachelor’s degree requires 40 classes. Resume-ready certificates can be earned in as few as 3 classes.
You can choose to work with your instructors in-person at our campuses in Wellington or Boca Raton, FL or via videoconference from anywhere in the world you happen to be.
For every course, you will have two instructors: one from the university offering the course and one from [email protected] Your course instructor creates your assignments and grades your work, and is accessible via e-mail. Your [email protected] tutor meets with you in -person or via videoconference to explain and discuss the material and help you with your assignments. All of your instructors will be qualified, credentialed and experienced educators who are experts in
Most classes are held just between you and your instructor. However, if you work on one of our campuses, you will be a part of a lively community of like-minded students each taking classes and studying in this manner.
In many of our courses, you will be able to schedule your exams for a day and time that’s convenient for you. We are able to proctor many exams on our campuses in Boca Raton, FL and Wellington, FL. If these options do not work, we will arrange proctoring for you remotely via videoconference.
A personal academic advisor will check in on you each week to make sure your progress is meeting your expectations and goals.
We put considerable thought into the assignment of tutors, but these assignments may not always work out. We are happy to assign you a different tutor for one or more of your subjects on request.
You can continue to meet with your tutors while you travel. We are happy to adjust your tutorial times as needed to accommodate your travel plans and time zone differences.
Yes. Our self-paced courses allow you to work at your own pace, taking breaks from tutorial as needed for personal or professional reasons. In some programs, students have as much as one year from the start date to finish each course.
In many courses it is possible to request a one- to three-month extension. Check with your academic advisor.
We will work with you to submit your documentation to our partner programs so that you may receive the accommodations you need (such as extended time on exams).
Yes. Because all of our partner programs are long-standing, regionally accredited colleges, you can rest easy that credits you earn in our programs will transfer to just about any other university.
Yes. Any course from an accredited institution that you passed with a grade of C or higher will transfer.
If you take a standard course load of five classes per semester, you will earn an associate’s degree in two years or a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Your degree will come from Penn State University, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, or one of our other degree-granting partners. Your diploma will be identical to what traditional on-campus students receive at those institutions with your chosen major stated on your transcript and degree.
The price of college at PBIA is comparable to the price of attendance at most other private universities. We offers programs for all budgets and will work with you to design a program that is financially manageable.
Yes. A degree from any of our partner institutions is a recognized and respected credential when it comes time to apply to graduate school. In fact, we even offer special pre-law and pre-business majors for students interested in pursuing these professions.
If you’re not sure, we invite you to try out a broad range of subjects in one of our exploratory or certificate programs. The credits you earn will transfer as Gen Ed or elective credits once you decide on a degree and a major.
We recommend getting started by taking a few courses in subjects that interest you. Stackable credits make it easy to transition into a full associate or bachelor degree program when you are ready.
In today’s changing economy, employers are looking for modern skills in specific areas. An undergraduate certificate is a stand-alone, resume-ready credential that showcases your proficiency in a certain area. By earning a certificate, you will stand out to potential employers and learn new skills directly related to your field of interest.
[email protected] does not offer need-based financial aid. Merit-based aid may be available. Please inquire when applying.
If you plan to attend tutorial by videoconference, you will need a modern computer, reasonably fast internet access, and ability to use standard applications including email, Google Docs, and Skype (or a comparable videoconferencing program).