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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Cal U is a public university located in California, Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,606 undergraduate students. The Cal U acceptance rate is 96%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Nursing, and Sport and Fitness Management. Graduating 50% of students, Cal U alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,000.
About California University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Address
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419
Website
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California University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
96%
Application Deadline
August 22
SAT Range
810-1030
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,819/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,810/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,698/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,766/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,397/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,089/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.94 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,606Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Normal
    36%
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    21%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    18%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    16%
  • Commuter
    4%
  • Redneck
    4%
  • Weird
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.94 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.121 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 56 responses
Report
  • Fitting
    34%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    18%
  • Quiet
    14%
  • Admirable
    11%
  • Home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.61 responses
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California University of Pennsylvania Reviews

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The small class sizes are perfect for my learning style. The campus scenery is absolutely beautiful. I highly enjoy seeing all the trees and flowers walking to class. The dorms on campus are so spacious with private bathrooms in each room! The professors are friendly and helpful. There are an abundant amount of resources on campus, as well as, many places to get food. There are a lot of things to keep a student busy on campus. The gym is a great place to burn energy; there is even a pool, hot tub, and sauna! California University even has a movie theater that shows all the latest movies, not to mention the great popcorn!
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I'm currently going to CALU and I will say overall I'm having a wonderful experience. As someone who takes online college, I never feel left out or can't communicate with my professors. Every professor I've had so far have been professional and helpful. Besides the ongoing headache with financial aid, I would highly recommend CALU to everyone especially military members. They have worked with me and my schedule being active duty. I've went through several colleges that offered online degrees and by far this is the best. Also CALU was one few universities offering the exact degree I wanted to have so to me that always a plus.
Cal U is an overall great campus and I'm proud to be a part of the community. My original plan to join the Army. I went through all the steps but I was not medically cleared to join due to my history of childhood asthma. After that setback, I have decided to pursue Nursing. I immediately applied to Cal U and Penn State, but of course (after visiting), I chose Cal U. The campus is small but amazing! The professors are here to help and do all they can do to help you succeed. Almost through with my first semester and my experience so far is remarkable. I enjoy and welcome the responsibility that comes along with being a college student and look forward to the years to come. My plan is to graduate and become a successful nurse. I enjoy helping others and have compassion for all ages.
If I could change one thing about Cal U, it would be to add another cable machine in the gym. Myself, along with my buddies enjoy going to the gym and working out together.