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Why PAU?

Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is a non-profit and accredited institution dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.

Palo Alto University offers students a high-quality, tailored, competitive education with world-renowned faculty and instructors with a community of resources to support student success. Some of the other distinguishing reasons to come to PAU are:

  • Faculty with rich research-based backgrounds and excellent teaching methods.
  • Exceptional clinical training with option for potential licensure options.
  • High internship placement rate including 100% APA Placement for the PGSP-Stanford Consortium Psy.D. Program.
  • Culture of respect and administration, faculty, and staff connection with students.
  • Mission of commitment to reducing worldwide suffering and alleviate the dire need for more mental health professionals.
  • Tuition stabilization: Once you are admitted, PAU guarantees no tuition increases for the duration of your program.
  • Regional accreditation by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission for all degrees.  American Psychological Association accreditation for the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.


1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888





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