Palo Alto University Brings Bachelor’s Degree Program to College of San Mateo

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Bachelor Degree Completion Program in Psychology to Begin This Fall

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These programs allow students to finish what they’ve started without changing locations, and perhaps even more significant, PAU enables students to ‘lock-in’ their education costs up front with our Tuition Stabilization Program.

Palo Alto University (PAU), a private non-profit higher education institution, announced today it is launching its bachelor’s degree completion program at College of San Mateo (CSM) starting fall 2013.

This program will allow CSM students, who have completed their first two years of college course work, to stay at CSM to complete and obtain their bachelor’s degree in psychology. The bachelor’s degree a student receives will be from PAU and taught by the University’s faculty on CSM’s campus. The CSM program will be similar to those offered by PAU at De Anza College and Foothill College,

“We have seen great demand and success for our degree completion programs at the other community college campuses in the Bay Area,” says PAU Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Paul Marcille, PhD. “These programs offer students two huge benefits - it allows them to finish what they’ve started without changing locations, and perhaps even more significant, PAU enables students to ‘lock-in’ their education costs up front with our Tuition Stabilization Program.”

William Froming, Ph.D., PAU’s vice president for academic affairs developed the Tuition Stabilization program after seeing how the rising costs were creating a tremendous burden for students at higher education institutions. “In a time of economic uncertainty, we want to make sure our students can plan their budgets knowing that at least this part of their expenses will never go up.”

Offering CSM’s perspective, President Michael Claire says, “I am very pleased that we were able to create this partnership with PAU so that students can remain at CSM to complete their bachelor’s degrees. While many of our students transfer to colleges and universities throughout California and the nation, there are also students who choose to complete their bachelor’s degree closer to home. Our relationship with PAU allows these students to continue their studies in a supportive and familiar college setting.”

This past weekend, PAU celebrated the graduation of its masters and undergraduate students at De Anza College. Philanthropist and businessman Tad Taube and Palo Alto High School communications teacher Esther Wojcicki delivered commencement speeches to the graduates.

“PAU graduation is always a special day for me personally,” adds PAU President Allen Calvin, Ph.D. “To see the sense of accomplishment on our students’ faces as they receive their diplomas is incredible. I look forward to 2015 when we will be able to watch the first class of CSM’s undergraduates accept their diplomas from PAU, thanks to the partnership our faculty has forged with our colleagues at CSM.”

About Palo Alto University

Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world. PAU offers seven degree programs, ranging from bachelor level to Ph.D., including a consortium with Stanford University and a Ph.D./J.D. dual degree program with Golden Gate University. The University’s faculty is ranked among the top 25 schools and universities for research productivity out of the 166 APA-accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. programs. Through the University's Gronowski Center, PAU offers mental health services to the community at-large regardless of ability to pay. PAU is a 501(c)(3), non-profit institution. For more information about PAU visit

About College of San Mateo

Since 1922, CSM has been a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development. CSM’s is located at the northern corridor of Silicon Valley; its newly renovated campus with state-of-the-art facilities is situated on a 153-acre site in the San Mateo hills that provides breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay. The college currently serves approximately 10,000 day, evening and weekend students and offers programs in 66 areas of study. For more information about CSM, visit

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