Palo Alto University is a diverse and dynamic community dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences, to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.
All programs, both extant and envisioned, should embody the following core values:
-excellence and distinction in all aspects of our programs and operations
-imagination and experimentation in current and future efforts in pursuit of science and pedagogy
-accountability to our profession, community and students to provide outstanding programs, operational transparency and fiscal responsibility
-a strong, committed relationship to internal, local, national, and international partners
-creative collaborations with other institutions
Using psychological insights, scientific rigor, and our own humanity to improve lives around the globe, Palo Alto University will establish its leadership by achieving the highest standards of excellence.
Unique Value Proposition
PAU programs are characterized by innovative and creative collaborations with a rich variety of institutions in the San Francisco Bay area and the world. PAU combines the emphasis on scientific research characterizing the best university programs with the intensity and breath of clinical training characterizing the best professional programs to produce graduates and clinicians whose professional activities are grounded in science and the highest professional standards. PAU offers a select but diverse range of undergraduate, masters, Psy. D. and Ph. D. programs, emphasizing the integral role of psychology and the social sciences in a wide variety of academic and applied disciplines. The scientific and professional rigor and the broad range of degrees offered make PAU uniquely suited to attract and train students at all levels who aspire to improve the human condition.