Admissions and Transfer Requirements


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Palo Alto University's two-year Bachelor's degree programs are designed for transfer students who have completed two years of lower division college coursework at a community college or university.

PAU's admission criteria are the same as the California State University requirements for students transferring from community colleges:

  • The student must have completed 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.
  • The student must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Only college-level courses with grades of C or higher are transferable.
  • Completed coursework must include a General Psychology course or comparable introductory level psychology course, and coursework must fulfill the CSU general education requirements.

For complete details on general education requirements, please visit the PAU Undergraduate Admissions website. Visit the Transfer Admissions Agreements page for details about transferring from California community colleges..

How to Apply: College Transfer Made Easy

PAU's application process is designed with busy students in mind. No letters of recommendation or application fee are required.

We recommend taking the following steps:

  • Step 1. Make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor who 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 is available November 1, and will remain open until the cohorts are filled, but no later than August 14, 2020.

Official transcripts from all colleges attended will be required, so applicants should make arrangements to have them sent to PAU.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2020 enrollment will be accepted through August 14, 2020. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for a complete schedule of deadlines.

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