Palo Alto University

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School Overview

Palo Alto University (PAU), formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), is a non-profit university that resides in the city of Palo Alto, California. The university currently offers seven accredited degree programs, two undergraduate and five graduate. Students seeking an undergraduate degree can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Social Action or a Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology. Those seeking a graduate degree have the option of earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology, or a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology. Palo Alto University offers both campus-based and online distance learning programs.

One of the most unique elements about the organization at PAU is its partnership with Stanford University and the Stanford School of Medicine. PAU offers doctoral degrees that are taught in cooperation with Stanford University. PAU graduate students are able to use Stanford research laboratories, faculty from Stanford teach at both educational institutions and PAU employs one Stanford’s most renown emeritis professors, Philip Zimbardo. In addition, the chair of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry is a member of the PAU board of trustees.

General Information

1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1337

General Phone:(800) 818-6136
Website URL:www.paloaltou.edu
Type of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered:BA/BS degrees
MA/MS degrees
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship (new classification)
Doctor’s degree – professional practice (new classification)
Campus setting:Rural: Fringe
On-campus housing:No
Student Population:522 (30 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty:9 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $34,494
In-state Student Fees $3,897
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $34,494
Out-of-state Student Fees $3,897


All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 5 57 76
Psychology 5 57 76
Clinical Psychology 55 76
Psychology, General 2
Psychology, Other 5
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Palo Alto University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(800) 818-6136
Website:www.paloaltou.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.paloaltou.edu/apply
Address:1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1337
Setting:41
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,130
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:705 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$0
Out-of-state Tuition:$0
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$0

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Palo Alto University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Palo Alto University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Psychology221
Grand total231

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Palo Alto University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Psychology21
Grand total22

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Palo Alto University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$0
Out-of-state$0
Books and supplies$0

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$49,995
Out-of-state$49,995

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid0%
Grant or scholarship aid0%$0
Student loan aid0%$0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid14083%$8,048
Federal student loans11870%$10,465

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Palo Alto University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Palo Alto University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Palo Alto University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,130
Undergraduate enrollment157
Graduate enrollment973

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Palo Alto University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs

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