Undergraduate Admissions

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Palo Alto University (PAU) offers Bachelor of Science degrees are uniquely designed for students transferring from a California Community College or those who have completed approximately two years of college. 

BS in Psychology and Social Action
Offered in evening/online and day formats

BS in Business Psychology
Offered in an evening/online format

Our two-year Bachelor's degree completion program is designed for transfer students who have completed approximately two years of college coursework at a community college, UC, CSU, or other universities, as well as most of their general education requirements.

Enrollment Eligiblity

Students are eligible to transfer to PAU’s Bachelor degree programs after they have completed 84 transferrable quarter units of college-level coursework. Learn if you are eligible by scheduling a transcript evaluation

Students who are ready to transfer from a community college to a CSU will find transitioning to PAU’s undergraduate programs quick and easy.


College Transfer Made Easy | Application Deadlines

PAU's application process is designed with busy students in mind. No letters of recommendation or application fee are required. Applications for the undergraduate programs are accepted on a rolling basis.

We recommend taking the following steps:

Step 1. Make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor!

We will conduct a transcript evaluation and provide a detailed summary of the pre-requisite credits you have and have not completed. If you have remaining pre-requisites to complete, your admissions counselor will help you craft an academic plan to meet requirements and prepare to apply for admission to the undergraduate program.

Step 2. Apply Online.

After your application is received, your admissions counselor will review your application and schedule a time to discuss your goals and enrollment plans. The online application will remain open until the cohorts are filled.

How to Apply

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Applications for the undergraduate programs are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Applications are being accepted for a start date of mid-September 2023.

  • All application materials must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before the designated deadlines above in order to be considered for admission. Acceptances are determined on a rolling basis through the aid of an admissions counselor.

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  • Online Application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Final official transcripts from all colleges attended will be required for enrolling students, so applicants should make arrangements to have them sent to PAU by the first day of classes. A registration hold will be placed on the student record if not received in time. Failure to submit final official transcript(s) by the end of the first term will result in being dropped from classes.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra or higher
  • Completion of most General Education requirements
  • For applicants to the Psychology and Social Action Online program, you must be located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education. 
  • Completion of Introduction to Psychology or higher
  • At least 84 transferrable quarter units completed at the time of enrollment. Only courses from regionally accredited institutions with a grade of C or higher are transferable, and must be at the 100-level (non-remedial) or equivalent in order to be eligible for transfer.

Transferable units may be:Toggle Accordion

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • General Education units
  • Lower-division or upper-division elective units
  • Upper-division transfer units applicable to major requirements
  • Alternative forms of general education or elective units, such as AP tests, IB tests, CLEP and US Military credit.

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  • Completion of general education requirements
  • Completion of all classes required for the major
  • 180 quarter units in total
  • Completion of 90 upper-division quarter units
  • 45 units must be completed at Palo Alto University
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 units in their major at PAU, and must be enrolled at PAU during the last two terms prior to graduation.
Contact our Senior Admission Counselor Today

General inquiries email admissions@paloaltou.edu or call 650-417-2039.

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PAU Bachelor's in Psychology Degrees

Designed for Transfer Students, Offered Online or On-campus.

These bachelor's degree programs are structured, professional and efficient, allowing students to graduate in two years and begin their careers or graduate study as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission.

Undergraduate Degree

Program Information

Entry Requirements

Program Length


Tuition and Fees per Unit: 22-23

Estimated Total Program Cost

BS in Psychology and Social Action

84 quarter units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.

2 Years

On-Campus or Online


$46,460 for 92 units

BS in Business Psychology 84 quarter units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college. 2 Years Online $505 $46,460 for 92 units


Office of Admissions and Outreach

You may direct general inquiries to: admissions@paloaltou.edu or call 650-417-2039

Please note that due to remote work, our phone line is not staffed live. Please leave us a message and we will return your call shortly.