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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 4,534 undergraduate students. The Cal U acceptance rate is 97%. Popular majors include Instrumentation Technician, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Nursing. Graduating 53% of students, Cal U alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,300.
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419
About California University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

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
97%
Application Deadline
August 22
SAT Range
900-1100
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,780/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,225/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

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.100 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,534Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,023
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
Report
  • Normal
    34%
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    24%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    17%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    15%
  • Commuter
    3%
  • Redneck
    3%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.97 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.124 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 59 responses
Report
  • Fitting
    32%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    19%
  • Quiet
    14%
  • Admirable
    12%
  • Home
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
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 is a wonderful school! They have so much to offer such as multiple majors, financial aid, mentoring programs, tutoring and work-study opportunities, etc. Everyone is so positive and only want you to succeed! They even have a student success center for anyone who needs an extra hand. One thing I would change is the scholarship help. I would like to see more individuals on campus that help fill out scholarships and things like that.
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Cal U is very comforting because of how the campus is in one area, you don’t have to worry about getting to classes on time because the buildings are all in the same spot. The housing options are very nice and very suitable for college students. The security is fairly good which puts a lot of students’ minds at ease. The parking situation could be better, but there is the campus bus that runs in case you don’t have somewhere to park. Overall, cal u is an awesome university to choose for your college education in regards to student living, academics, and your social life!
CAL WHO?! CAL U!

Over all, I love California University of Pennsylvania. I can count on one hand how many professors I disliked, but I would need to make a list for all of those I have loved. Most of them are willing to work with you if you are experiencing issues.

As a heads up, all first year students at Cal U, Freshmen AND Transfers, must take a course, UNI 101. The prof who teaches it is a nightmare. For one of the sessions we had to do physical activity. I have a bad hip that likes to randomly flair up and it just so happen to do so on the day of physical activity. I tried talking to her at the beginning of class about the issue and that I could barely walk. She kept brushing me off until she cupped her hands around her mouth like a megaphone and yelled, "I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR YOUR DRAMA!" I should have reported her.... My advice for this mandatory course keep your head down, do all assignments as soon as you get them, and bite your tongue.