Palo Alto University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$17,454
0% growth from 2018
2017 Student Loan
2.86%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
1,075
77.5% Full-Time

About

Palo Alto University is a higher education institution located in Santa Clara County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Palo Alto University were General Psychology (38 degrees awarded) and Industrial & Organizational Psychology (21 degrees).

In 2019, 376 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palo Alto University. 76.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 23.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (171 degrees), 2.71 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto University is $17,454, which is $2,954 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto University is $17,454, which is $2,954 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $N/A.

In 2019, 74% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 56% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$17,454
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Palo Alto University was $17,454. The cost of tuition at Palo Alto University is $2,954 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

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Average Net Price

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2019 Value

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

74%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

74% of undergraduate students at Palo Alto University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 5.71% with respect to 2018, when 70% 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.
2.86%
2017 Default Rate
7
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Palo Alto University was 2.86%, which represents 7 out of the 245 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Palo Alto University has a total enrollment of 1,075 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto University is 833 students and the part-time enrollment is 242. This means that 77.5% of students enrolled at Palo Alto University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.6% White, 23.7% Two or More Races, 7.26% Asian, 7.07% Hispanic or Latino, 4.93% Black or African American, 0.372% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.093% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Palo Alto University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Asian Female (15.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (13.6%) and White Female (13.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.8%), followed by Two or More Races Female (18.9%) and White Male (10.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palo Alto University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,075 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto University is 833 and the part-time enrollment is 242. This means that 77.5% of students enrolled at Palo Alto University are enrolled full-time compared with 70.4% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

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N/A Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Palo Alto University was N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (72%), Palo Alto University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    512
  2. Two or More Races
    255
  3. Asian
    78

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto University is 47.6% White, 23.7% Two or More Races, 7.26% Asian, 7.07% Hispanic or Latino, 4.93% Black or African American, 0.372% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.093% 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 44.8% White, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.5% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 202 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 (171 degrees awarded). There were 2.71 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Palo Alto University is General Psychology (38 degrees awarded), followed by Industrial & Organizational Psychology (21 degrees) and N/A.

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 (282 degrees awarded) and Health (94 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,413,151 people), Medical & health services managers (178,034 people), Other managers (143,741 people), Pharmacists (139,638 people), and Physicians (137,576 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Psychology (282 degrees awarded) and Health (94 degrees).

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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, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Psychology (282 degrees awarded) and Health (94 degrees).

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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 (1,584,493 people), Elementary & secondary schools (499,197 people), Outpatient care centers (353,980 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (279,822 people), and Offices of physicians (253,866 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto University are Psychology (282 degrees awarded) and Health (94 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 38 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Palo Alto University was General Psychology with 38 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

87
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
289
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 87 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto University, which is 0.301 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (289).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 38 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto University in Clinical Psychology, which is 0.216 times less than the 176 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 176 degrees were awarded to women at Palo Alto University in Clinical Psychology, which is 4.63 times more than the 38 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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Highest Graduation Rate (N/A%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Palo Alto University is N/A and N/A (N/A% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, N/A% of graduates (N/A students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    171 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    63 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    51 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palo Alto University is white (171 degrees awarded). There were 2.71 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

13.6% of degree recipients (51 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    129 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    56 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    42 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Palo Alto University is white female (129 degrees awarded). There were 2.3 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (56 degrees).

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Operations

Palo Alto University has an endowment valued at nearly $595k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $281k (47.3%), compared to the 2.77% average return ($279k on $10.1M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2019, Palo Alto University had a total salary expenditure of $31.3M. Palo Alto University employs 18 Professors, 14 Associate professors, and 12 No academic ranks. Most academics at Palo Alto University are Female Professors (11), Female Associate professors(9), and Female No academic ranks (8).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto University are: Management, with 21 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 17 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 12 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$595k
2019 Endowment
14.1%
decline from 2018

Palo Alto University has an endowment valued at about $595k, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Palo Alto University declined 14.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.51M lower than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $378k - Federal
  2. $6.63k - State
  3. $99.4k - Local

As of 2019, Palo Alto University received $378k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.63k from state grants and contracts, and $99.4k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$17.3M
2019 Salaries
3.67%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Palo Alto University paid a median of $17.3M in salaries, which represents 55.1% of their overall expenditure ($31.3M) and a 3.67% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.52% growth from 2017 and a 0.921% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.89M (42.3% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.55M
Instructional Salaries
50
Number of Employees

In 2019, Palo Alto University paid a total of $5.55M to 50 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $857k (29.6%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
18 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
21 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palo Alto University were Professor with 18 employees; Associate professor with 14 employees; and Associate professor with 12 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto University were Management with 21 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 12 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female No academic rank

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palo Alto University was Female Professor with 11 employees, Female Associate professor with 9 employees, and Female No academic rank with 8 employees.

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