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Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements are the same as Community College Transfer to CSU:

Palo Alto University's two year Bachelor degree completion programs are designed for transfer students who have completed two years of lower level college coursework at a community college, UC, CSU or other university, as well as their general education requirements, and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Similar to a community college transfer to CSU, students complete their general education before transferring into PAU’s undergraduate programs. PAU requires, and accepts, 60 semester or 90 quarter unit hours to meet requirements for matriculation into the undergraduate programs.

Admission into any of PAU’s undergraduate programs also requires the completion of a General Psychology course, or comparable introductory level psychology course.

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

PAU accepts the California State University (CSU) general education pattern: 

  • Area A – English Language, Communication and Critical Thinking

Minimum of 9 semester units (12 quarter units)

  • Area B – Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Minimum of 6-8 semester units (8-10 quarter units)

Includes one course from each: Physical Science, Life Science, and College Level Math

  • Area C – Arts and Humanities

Minimum of 9 semester unit (12 quarter units)

Select at least one course in each: Arts and Humanities

  • Area D – Social Sciences

Minimum of 9 semester units (12 quarter units)

With courses in at least two disciplines, including General Psychology

  • Area E – Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Minimum of 3 units (4-5 quarter units) 

Transfer students must complete the general education requirements above, as well as additional elective courses.  PAU requires a total of 60 semester or 90 quarter unit hours for transfer.  Only College Level courses with grades of C or higher are transferrable.

Please note, Palo Alto University will accept a maximum of 6 courses in Physical Education for transfer. Some occupational/vocational coursework is not eligible for transfer.

For any questions regarding transfer requirements please contact:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Palo Alto University


(650) 417-2055