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Undergraduate FAQ's

How long will it take to get my bachelor's degree at Palo Alto University?Toggle Accordion

All of the undergraduate programs at Palo Alto University are designed as bachelor completion programs. This means that students are guaranteed a fast track, two-year program. The curriculum is carefully arranged so that students are able to build a strong knowledge base as they progress through the sequence.

What is the difference between the undergraduate "day program" and the "online program"? Toggle Accordion

Palo Alto University offers programs that fit a variety of schedules. The undergraduate Psychology and Social Action day program is a more classic approach to college, with classes held weekdays in the mornings and early afternoons.

For those with work, family, or other commitments, PAU also offers onlines programs in Psychology and Social Action and Business Psychology. These programs are structured such that students take most of their classes online asynchronously, with only one "live" class in the evenings once a week, per quarter. Both programs are two years long. 

How often does Palo Alto University accept students?Toggle Accordion

Students are accepted once a year for the fall term (see academic calendar for dates). This is allows the various programs to keep a cohort structure and tuition stabilization. PAU has a rolling admissions policy for accepting applications, and students may apply online at any time throughout the year. Applying to the undergraduate programs is free.

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What is rolling admissions?Toggle Accordion

PAU maintains rolling admissions when processing undergraduate applications. This means that applications are accepted starting in October, and continue to be accepted until the class fills. As qualified applications are received, students are notified of their acceptance quickly and efficiently. This allows students to apply early, plan ahead, and prepare for their educational plans.

What is a cohort?Toggle Accordion

The undergraduate programs are structured in cohort systems. Entering a cohort will mean that students take classes with the same people throughout their two years in the PAU programs. This allows students to get to know their peers personally, and helps create a strong network of friends and professional connections. The cohort system enhances a student's academic experiences by creating an environment that is more conducive to collaborative learning.

What is tuition stabilization?Toggle Accordion

PAU's tuition stabilization policy ensures that tuition is predictable over the course of a student's academic program. 

What are the requirements to transfer into the undergraduate programs?Toggle Accordion

Transferring into PAU's undergrad programs is easy and convenient. Students are required to have completed 84 units of transferrable credit, which should include an Introduction to Psychology course. Transfers from community colleges are welcome, as are students from CSUs, UCs, and other universities from around the country. Contact PAU's admissions office today to obtain more information and to meet with an admissions counselors and go over program options:

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Are there scholarships and financial aid available?Toggle Accordion

Yes! Since PAU is an accredited institution, students are eligible to receive institutiona, state and federal student aid. This gives students both grant and loan options when paying for school. Private scholarship are also available through PAU and vary quarter by quarter. Check with the financial aid office for details and deadlines.

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What options are there for students to get involved in extra curricular activities?Toggle Accordion

There are many options for students to get involved in social, service learning, and academic activities.

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Palo Alto University (PAU) offers Bachelor degree in Psychology and Social Action.

PAU Bachelor degree programs are uniquely designed for students transferring from a California Community College or those who have completed approximately two years of college and now wish to major in Psychology or Business.

Accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC), PAU Bachelor Programs are offered in online and day formats, adapting to the different educational needs of our students.

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