Palo Alto University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$17,714
0.494% growth from 2021
2019 Default Rate
0.897%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
1,129
78.8% Full-Time

About

Palo Alto University is a higher education institution located in Santa Clara County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Professional Doctorate concentrations at Palo Alto University were Clinical Psychology (122 degrees awarded).

In 2022, 340 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palo Alto University. 82.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 17.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (173 degrees), 3.15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (55 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto University is $17,714, which is $2,773 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto University is $17,714, which is $2,773 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

In 2022, 76% of undergraduate students attending Palo Alto University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 62% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$17,714
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Palo Alto University was $17,714. The cost of tuition at Palo Alto University is $2,773 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

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Average Net Price

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Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
62%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Palo Alto University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 81% with respect to 2021, when 42% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.897%
2019 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Palo Alto University was 0.897%, which represents 2 out of the 223 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Palo Alto University had a total enrollment of 1,129 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto University is 890 students and the part-time enrollment is 239. This means that 78.8% of students enrolled at Palo Alto University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.5% White, 19% Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% Asian, 5.49% Two or More Races, 4.07% Black or African American, 0.266% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0886% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Palo Alto University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (24.1%), followed by Asian Female (20.7%) and White Female (20.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (15.3%) and Asian Female (10.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palo Alto University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,129 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto University is 890 and the part-time enrollment is 239. This means that 78.8% of students enrolled at Palo Alto University are enrolled full-time compared with 71.2% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    514 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    215 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    143 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto University is 45.5% White, 19% Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% Asian, 5.49% Two or More Races, 4.07% Black or African American, 0.266% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0886% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 42.1% White, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 51 students (4.52%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 218 more women than men received degrees from Palo Alto University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Palo Alto University is white (173 degrees awarded). There were 3.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (55 degrees).

The most common Professional Doctorate concentration at Palo Alto University is Clinical Psychology (122 degrees awarded).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Palo Alto University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Psychology (240 degrees awarded) and Health (100 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Registered nurses (1,444,733 people), Medical & health services managers (190,501 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (156,277 people), Other managers (151,525 people), and Physicians (148,547 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University in 2022 are Psychology (240 degrees awarded) and Health (100 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Dentists, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Psychology (240 degrees awarded) and Health (100 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,645,988 people), Elementary & secondary schools (543,213 people), Outpatient care centers (382,938 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (285,985 people), and Offices of physicians (242,992 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Psychology (240 degrees awarded) and Health (100 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Palo Alto University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 100 degrees awarded
  2. 67 degrees awarded
  3. 26 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common masters degree concentration at Palo Alto University was Marriage & Family Therapy with 100 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

61
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
279
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 61 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto University, which is 0.219 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (279).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 34 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto University in Clinical Psychology, which is 0.219 times less than the 155 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 155 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto University in Clinical Psychology, which is 4.56 times more than the 34 male recipients with that same degree.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    173 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    55 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palo Alto University is white (173 degrees awarded). There were 3.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (55 degrees).

3.82% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    139 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    45 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    35 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Palo Alto University is white female (139 degrees awarded). There were 3.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (45 degrees).

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Operations

Palo Alto University has an endowment valued at nearly $672k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−49.3%) compared to the 0.21% average return (24.5k on 11.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2022, Palo Alto University had a total salary expenditure of 37.2M. Palo Alto University employs 22 Professors, 13 Associate professors and 12 Assistant professors. Most academics at Palo Alto University are Female Professor (13), Female Associate professor (11), and Male Professor (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 23 employees, Management, with 16 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 13 employees.

Endowment

$672k
2022 Endowment
7.77%
growth from 2021

Palo Alto University has an endowment valued at about $672k, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Palo Alto University grew 7.77% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $11M lower than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$20.6M
2022 Salaries
8.57%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Palo Alto University paid a median of $20.6M in salaries, which represents 55.5% of their overall expenditure ($37.2M) and a 8.57% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.17M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.8M
Instructional Salaries
47
Number of Employees

In 2022, Palo Alto University paid a total of $5.8M to 47 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $975k (30.7%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
22 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
23 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palo Alto University were Professor with 22 employees, Associate professor with 13 employees, and Assistant professor with 12 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 23 employees, Management with 16 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 13 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palo Alto University was Female Professor with 13 employees, Female Associate professor with 11 employees, and Male Professor with 9 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Palo Alto University.

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