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PennWest California
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  • 4 Year
  • CALIFORNIA, PA

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade A+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B+
  11. Student Life
    grade B+
  12. Safety
    grade B+

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PennWest California is a public college located in California, Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,566 undergraduate students. The PennWest California acceptance rate is 97%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 48% of students, PennWest California alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,300.

About

250 UNIVERSITY AVE
CALIFORNIA, PA 15419
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

PennWest California Rankings

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

PennWest California Admissions

Acceptance Rate
97%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1150
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$20,317 / 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
$6,250 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 100 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 113 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 112 responses

Majors

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
20
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
8
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    48%
  • On Campus
    25%
  • Online
    27%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,566 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
897
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    31%
  • Normal
    29%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    16%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    15%
  • Commuter
    3%
  • Nerdy
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 110 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 137 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 72 responses
  • Fitting
    31%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    15%
  • Quiet
    14%
  • Admirable
    11%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • Home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
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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