Palo Alto University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 30 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Campus Setting: Rural: Fringe
  • Student Population: 1,130 (157 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $22,619
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

Palo Alto University provides a wonderful program and learning environment that caters to the individual who still needs to work by having evening classes online and/or in person, but also who wants to further their education in the field of psychology and counseling. Had this program not been as flexible as they are, I would have not been able to obtain my Masters and move onto a career that I am passionate about. I truly value the input, advice and wealth of knowledge the professors and staff have to offer at this school as well.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019

After researching many graduate counseling programs on the West Coast, I decided to receive my masters in counseling at Palo Alto University because of the service they provide to veterans and their families through the Palo Alto Veterans Center and Veteran's Administration. The staff fully supports my passion and I hope to serve these communities, post graduation. I look forward to learning more from them and my peers throughout the program. Specifically, they actively promote internships and fieldwork through the veteran's administration as well as career guidance post-graduation, to serve in this field. It is such a privilege to work with and learn from some of the best in this field and I am honored to attend Palo Alto University.
3.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

Good learning environment, helpful staff members, professional
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020

I am in the Psy.D program that is a consortium between PAU and Stanford Psychiatry. This program is excellent not only in terms of rigor but in the energy that the administration puts into making sure that students are successful. They are always updating us on opportunities to get involved in research as well networking opportunities with alumni in the area. The clinical training is excellent, starting in the first year we are exposed to classes such as helping skills to then CBT in our second year. The program is very supportive in terms of the application process for clinical placements and also has captive sites at various VA location and at Stanford Psychiatry (these are spots only open to our students).
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020

This is a small school. This allows for a greater access to faculty for advising and general advice. Everyone is incredibly helpful and wish to see you succeed. The program is very expensive though so be aware of that. The focus here is on clinical work rather than research.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

I attended Palo Alto University and it was an awesome experience. I completed my Masters degree online with the exception to a one week course in person on the actual campus. Even though the program was online, they did a really great job creating a class room environment online. I learned quite a bit and made some great connections with my peers and professors. They tell you the program curriculum and what is expected of you, so it is very easy to stay on track, but ultimately you have to put in the work.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

I love Palo Alto University. It is great to be able to do a graduate school program that works with my life. Palo Alto University has allowed me to continue my education while still being a stay at home mom.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

The cost of the school and the cost of living in California is expensive but it is a fairly good program and I am learning a lot.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020

The professors, faculty and students are all very helpful and welcoming. One is able to find the help that one needs rather quickly. One feels very welcomed and feels that one can find help by simply asking. Although reaching out is easy on campus, it is a bit difficult to find housing for a reasonable price in the area. There is no housing on campus which leaves one on their own to find housing in the city or surrounding areas. The Bay Area is a very expensive place to live.
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019

Good name in the professional world but the program costs so much.
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