California University of Pennsylvania

California, PA, USA
3.77 Average Rating

With campus along the shores of the Monongahela River, California University of Pennsylvania is a public school in southwest Pennsylvania. Cal U confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic programs and students have the option of enrolling in Summer and Winter Terms between regular Spring and Fall Semesters. In addition to classroom space, Cal U hosts an on-campus farm providing fieldwork for Biology and Geology students. The Cal U campus also features a Multicultural Center hosting the Lambda Bridges LGBTQA+ Program Office and two mediation rooms.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
96%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision August 21, 2019

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
93%
Out-Of-State Students
7%
18%
Submitting ACT
87%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 20
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1007
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
7,788
Total Number of Undergrads
5,557
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
31%
20-39 Students
45%
40-99 Students
22%
0
100
39%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
55%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
20:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$17,755
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$10,903
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$17,948
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,186
Books and Supplies
$1000

Aid & Grants

0
100
51%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
64%
Average Aid Per Year
$6,441
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
64%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,297
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,570

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
79%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,150
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$24,223
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$258
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
47%
53%
Student Organizations
100
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
33%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Vulcans
School Colors
Black/White
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Washington
New York
Harrisburg
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$41,600
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What Students Are Saying

3.77 Average Rating
I love the campus life at California University of Pennsylvania because there are always people all over the campus. There is no limit of what you can get involved in on campus or off campus. The University gives opportunities to their students such as 7 habits of highly effective people training that I think really help prepare students for life after college.
Colleen from Pittsburgh, PA
California University of Pennsylvania is a great small, hometown college with many different academic choices. The faculty interaction with the students is unsurpassed and it is more than apparent that everyone involved in your educational journey is there to help you do your best and become the best at what you do. California University, or Cal U, is a superb university for those wishing to instill the values of integrity, civility, and responsibility.
Amanda from Monongahela, PA
California University of PA is a well known division 2, outgoing, small college that is willing to build relationships with the students attending it. The campus is improving with a new convocation center that was just built in the Fall. Almost every sports team is ranked in their conferences, and are amazing to watch.
Madison from North Canton, OH
CalU has a lovely smaller size campus and your teachers will get to know you by name. The online program CalU offers is great and is one of the best in the nation. Living on campus is fun and safe.
Abbey
The campus is a beautiful place with friendly people. California University of Pennsylvania has a a campus that is easy to walk around, and get to classes on time. Also, the college is challenging, interactive, and fun.
Tina from West Mifflin, PA
a very rewarding experience for a relatively low cost. a small yet beautiful campus with everything you need relatively close by. a school that does more for you outside of the classroom as well as in.
Daeshawn from Pittsbugh, PA
California University of Pennsylvania is located in a rural area. It has a wide selection of majors and programs to study from. CalU is a great choice for either undergraduate or graduate levels.
Jennifer King