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The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology of Palo Alto University (PAU) ( is an accredited American educational institution (accreditated by WASC) with 40 years of experience in training excellent mental health professionals.


The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology was founded in 1975 and has for many years focused on training graduate students in clinical psychology. In 2009 it expanded to include an undergraduate program in psychology and thus reincorporated as Palo Alto University, comprised of an undergraduate branch and a graduate branch (Pacific Graduate School of Psychology). It is a traditional university located in the San Francisco Bay area in California, U.S.A., with impressive clinical training resources that include cooperative relationships with Stanford University. It has an interest in improving counseling education around the world, which is why it is making its Online M.A. degree program in Counseling available in China and other parts of the world.




40 Years of Achievements




1975: Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP) founded in Palo Alto by students interested in pursuing professional training in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Robert Kantor became the first president.

1984: Dr. Allen Calvin, current president, hired at PGSP.

1975-1984: From 34, to over 150 students.




1987: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP).

1988: American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation of Ph.D. program.

Kurt & Barbara Gronowski Clinic opened.

1989: PGSP campus moved to East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto.

1994: Over 300 students.




1997: Joint Law and Psychology degree program with Golden Gate University.

2000: Established Distance Learning Program.

2002: PGSP- Stanford PsyD. Consortium program established.

Established close collaboration with Palo Alto VA, of which several psychologists joined PGSP faculty.

2004: Over 350 students.





2006: Undergraduate Program in Psychology & Social Action established at De Anza College.

2009: Undergraduate Program added Business Psychology at Foothill College.

PGSP changed its official name to Palo Alto University (PAU).

2011: Hybrid bachelor degree program established.

Oct 2012: PAU became debt free.

2013: Expanded programs to College of San Mateo.

Established a million dollar endowment for the Gronowski Center.

2014: Over 1000 students.





   Provide student service excellence.

ž   Provide quality education.

ž   Continue to expand programs locally and globally.

ž   Integrate social psychology into business and organizations.

ž   Utilize innovative technology to engage minds and improve lives.



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