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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 approximately two years of lower division college coursework at a community college or university.

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra or higher
  • For applicants to the Psychology and Social Action Online program, you must be located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education. 
  • Completion of Introduction to Psychology or higher
  • At least 84 transferrable quarter units completed at the time of enrollment.
  • Only courses from regionally accredited institutions with a grade of C or higher are transferable, and must be at the 100-level (non-remedial) or equivalent in order to be eligible for transfer.
  • Transferable units may be:
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • General Education units
    • Lower-division or upper-division elective units
    • Upper-division transfer units applicable to major requirements
    • Alternative forms of general education or elective units, such as AP tests, IB tests, CLEP and US Military credit.

For complete details on general education requirements, please visit the PAU Undergraduate Admissions website

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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