Online and On-Campus Options

PAU understands that most of its students are juggling work, family and many other responsibilities. Online and hybrid formats enable students to attend class when it's more convenient and keep their jobs while completing their degree.

Online Format On-Campus (Day) Format Hybrid Format

PAU's online format offers the flexibility of online course delivery. The format and schedule enables students to continue working while completing their degree. There is no residency requirement. Courses are offered in both asynchronous and live, synchronous formats.


Instructors do offer regular video conference sessions as well.


Please note that online students must be located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education. 

In this full-time, day format, classes meet on campus. The program is for students seeking a more traditional college experience that includes lots of face-to-face interaction with professors and fellow students, and access to the resources of a community college campus, including food services, libraries, and computer labs.

Classes meet once a week, Monday through Thursday, for three hours (usually 8:30 am - 12 pm or 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm).

The hybrid format includes one on-campus class meeting and two online classes per week. It enables students to combine regular face-to-face interaction with professors and students in their cohort with the convenience of online study. 

On-campus classes meet on campus one evening per week from 6 - 9:40 p.m.


Comparing Formats


On-Campus Format

Hybrid Format

Online Format

Quarters per year


Fall, Winter and Spring


Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer


Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer

Classes per week




Classes per week on campus




Classes per week online




Class hours


8 am - 4 pm

One evening/week

6 - 9 pm

Synchronous evening and Asynchronous

Estimate Total Program Tutition (two years)







On-Campus and Online

Online using a combination of

live video conference and asynchronous discussions with professors

Technology Requirements

Example of a video conference with Palo Alto University students and teachers

PAU uses the ZOOM video conferencing system to foster real-time interaction among professors and students. To experience ZOOM, sign up for an online info session.

Students will need access to a reliable computer with an internet connection to participate in online classes and download course materials. Online students also need a headset with a microphone to join discussions.

All PAU faculty teaching online courses receive training on best practices and instructional effectiveness for online courses.

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