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.