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Palo Alto University

1791 Arastradero Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94304

United States

Telephone: 800-818-6136


Staff Liaison:Each institution is assigned a staff liaison who is their primary point of contact for accreditation activities. Tamela Hawley

Student Achievement URL:WSCUC Standards require that institutions regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention, and graduation, and evidence of student learning.

Current Accreditation Status:Accredited - Reflects the Commission's finding that the institution is in compliance with the Standards. Accredited

Most Recent Commission Action: May 31, 2023

Granted Candidacy:Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process. 1980

First Accredited:Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC. 1986

Undergraduate FTE: 28

Graduate FTE: 932

Financial Structure Type:Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported. Non-Profit

Sponsorship:Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy. No Related Entity

Academic Calendar:The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system. Quarter

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: Yes

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Accreditation Liaison OfficerRowena GomezAssistant Provost of Assessment and Institutional
Board of Directors ChairDaniel KostenbauderBoard
Chief Academic OfficerErika CameronProvost & VP of Academic
Chief Executive OfficerMaureen O’
Director Institutional ResearchJeff HarrAssistant Vice President, Growth/
Chief Financial OfficerJeanine HawkCFO & VP Finance &
OPEIDNameCityLocation TypeStatus
02138300Mountain View CampusMountain ViewAdditionalActive
02138300Palo Alto UniversityPalo AltoMain CampusActive
DegreeDegree LevelYear ImplementedModality
Bachelor of Science in Business PsychologyBachelors2011Distance Education
Bachelor of Science in Business PsychologyBachelors2009On-Site
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social ActionBachelors2006On-Site
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social ActionBachelors2011Distance Education
MA Clinical Mental Health CounselingMasters2011On-Site
MA Clinical Mental Health CounselingMasters2011Distance Education
MA in Mental Health Counseling PsychologyMasters2009Distance Education
MS in PsychologyMasters2000Distance Education
PHD in Counselor Supervision and EducationProfessional Doctorate2023On-Site
PhD in Clinical PsychologyProfessional Doctorate1975On-Site
PsyD in Clinical PsychologyProfessional Doctorate2002On-Site
SeasonYearReview Type
Fall2025Offsite Review
Spring2026Accreditation Visit