Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

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. Similar to a community college transfer to CSU, students complete their general education before transferring into PAU’s undergraduate programs. Students who are ready to transfer from a community college to a CSU will find transitioning to PAU’s undergraduate programs quick and easy.

  1. 60 semester or 90 quarter unit hours of lower division coursework from a regionally-accredited institution
  2. Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  3. Completion of a General Psychology course, or comparable introductory level psychology course.
  4. Completion of 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. 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.

Pre-Application Transfer Evaluation Request

We recommend that prospective students interested in our undergraduate programs complete a pre-application transcript review, to determine if you have met all prerequisite requirements. You can request a transcript review online.

For any questions regarding transfer requirements please contact:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
Palo Alto University

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