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  • 4 Year
  • CALIFORNIA, PA

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Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B minus
  2. Value
    grade B minus
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade A minus
  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

About

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

With world-class academics, state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the internationally renowned City of Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania offers more than just learning.

Accredited and affordable, Cal U provides students with an excellent educational experience at a tremendous value. Our professors are some of the best in their fields, committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor, and offering real-world experience. Eighty-seven percent of Cal U's full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. Choose from hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, plus certificates, certifications and other special programs. Learn on campus, online or with a hybrid approach.

For 15 consecutive years, Cal U has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. And we're proud to have earned many more awards, top rankings and distinctions.

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PennWest California Rankings

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

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
94%
SAT Range
920-1120
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$19,116 / 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
$6,915 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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. 94 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 105 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 104 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
18
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
8
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    41%
  • On Campus
    36%
  • Online
    23%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,863 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
922
Undergrads Over 25
22%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 60 responses
  • Normal
    33%
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    28%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    17%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    17%
  • Commuter
    3%
  • Weird
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 102 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 129 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 64 responses
  • Fitting
    31%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    17%
  • Quiet
    13%
  • Admirable
    11%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
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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