Palo Alto University Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • Palo Alto (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $47,668
50% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 3/16/2022
  • Degree: Counseling
"Palo Alto is growing rapidly and is quickly making a larger name for itself in the field. I really enjoy my classes and the cohort model has been wonderful as I've gotten to know my classmates very well. Also, it's worth noting that PAU is affiliated with Stanford and I've been able to do research with Stanford university professors, so that's been pretty cool! This program is what you make of it, but if you are a dedicated student and have a love for the content that you're learning, you'll do great :)."
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"PAU'S undergraduate program is lacking in my areas, the hiring process of instructors is poor and the lectures are poorly put together. Ultimately the learning experience at PAU was below satisfactory and I wouldn't recommend the undergrad program to anyone. Had I known that the school was going to be structured this way, I would have attended a different university. Although the program is lacking a lot, I am happy that I met awesome students that I know I'll be friends with in the long run. That's about it :/"
Kiara Dixon
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2016
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"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."
Jiayi Lin
  • Reviewed: 12/13/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Great instructors for the most part, could be very challenging at times, what I learned has stuck with me"
Reyna Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Jiayi Lin
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Good name in the professional world but the program costs so much."
Leah Lurye
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"I think that one of the largest pros of this program is the connection to the Stanford School of Medicine. In this sense you are able to have that many more resources available and there are always opportunities to get involved with research (they actively recruit Psy.D students). Of course the campus is beautiful and the staff are very supportive of your professional growth and academic achievement, which are big positives of the program as well. The con of this program is the hefty price tag, and the seeming difficulties that exist in terms of available scholarships."
Kimberley Miller
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Palo Alto has a wonderful program, the only drawback is that it is really expensive and there is not a lot of financial aid."
Amanda Moskowitz
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"This is a wonderful and prestigious program that more than adequately trains the students that study there."
Jayme Peta
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"Great faculty, APA accredited, program really works hard to support you. The different tracks are terrific. Cons: high tuition, not yet well recognized."
Dawn La
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"The school is one of the most expensive graduate programs for Clinical Psychology in the Bay Area. It does however have great professors and network with surrounding clinic settings for training."
Charlene Win
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"The Clinical Psychology program at PAU(formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) is a highly well-rounded academic/professional program that effectively trains students as informed (scientist-practitioner) Psychologists. The only setback to the program is the cost of the program."
Kathryn Humphrey
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"I think the faculty and staff are the strong points of PAU. They really take an interest in your academic success and in your future. They are a varied group of scientist/practitioners that bring real world experience in to the classroom. That is invaluable. They embrace technology, but haven't worked out all the bugs yet. But for a smaller private school they do a good job of responding when technology doesn't hit the expected mark."
Brandi Schmeling
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2012
  • Degree: Psychology
"My program has a good reputation with the surrounding community and the field of Psychology at large. It is expensive, although most graduate school programs are. The majority of the faculty are accessible, knowledgeable and helpful. The school is located in the Bay Area, so the cost of living in general is pretty high and the commuting can be frustrating."
Eehwa Ung
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2012
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The school has a lot of amazing faculty and courses. The only problem is communication between departments like Financial Aid and Business Office."