Palo Alto University

1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1337

School Details

Palo Alto University was founded in 1975 under the name of The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. By 1986, the school earned accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and in 1988 Clinical Psychology program received specialized accreditation. In 2009, the school officially reincorporated and changed its name from The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology to Palo Alto University and moved to a new campus. 

Palo Alto University works toward the mission of generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level and providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship. The University strives to meet this mission through the continued focus and embodiment of the core values of excellence, imagination, accountability, relationship and collaboration. Palo Alto University is a four year, not for profit, private, comprehensive research university. The Palo Alto University campus is located in Palo Alto, California.

When applying to Palo Alto University, potential students are required to pay a $40 application fee. Palo Alto University accepts students who have earned 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of college-level transferable coursework from an accredited two-year or four-year institution, completed the CSU/IGETC General Education Breadth Requirements with a grade of a C or better and who have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

There are 798 students currently enrolled at Palo Alto University, of these students, 738 are adult learners over the age of 24. Students at Palo Alto University are mostly full-time enrollments: all undergraduate students are enrolled full-time and 95% of the graduate students are enrolled full-time. The gender ratio of the undergraduate student body is 61% female students and 39% male students. There is much racial diversity with 38% of students being white while African American, Asian, American Indian and Hispanic students representing 6%, 17%, 1% and 12% respectively.

Students have a variety of options academically at Palo Alto University. There are a number of degrees and certificate options available, these programs include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Action
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Masters of Science in Psychology
  • Masters of Administration in Counseling Psychology
  • Masters of Administration in Counseling
  • Masters of Administration in Counseling with a Forensic and Correctional concentration
  • Certificate in Neuropsychology
  • Forensic Psychology Emphasis Certificate 

There are a total of 48 faculty members, all part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on the students. Faculty is able to provide specialized attention to students and interact in small class sizes due to an 18:1 student to faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Palo Alto University offers programs that can be completed entirely online. The online degrees that can be completed are:

  • Master in Counseling
  • Bachelor in Psychology

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Palo Alto University is $13,731 for both in- and out-of-state students. Palo Alto University offers the guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 81% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $15,532 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 69% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $11,847.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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