California University of Pennsylvania

250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394

School Details

Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized campus located in California, Pennsylvania in a rural area 35 miles away from Pittsburgh. Natural beauty is one of the first things you will recognize on this campus, featuring tree-lined lawns, broad walkways and exquisite landscaping that surround restored historic buildings. This school is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies. Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.

The main campus holds 38 buildings on 92 acres with George Roadman University Park only one mile away, holding a football stadium, various sport facilities, and picnic facilities. Cal U has a satellite campus in Canonsburg as well as a large virtual school

California University of Pennsylvania uses a rolling application deadline and has an acceptance rate of about 60%. Application fees cost $25. Cal U operates on a semester calendar. 30% of all students live in housing on campus, costing $9,934 per year. It costs $6,428 for in-state tuition per year and $10,300 per year for out-of-state tuition. The graduation rate equals around 60%, varying by year. The retention rate for full-time students is 73% and for part-time students the retention rate is 33%. Faculty to student ratio is 28:1.

The most popular fields of study for students are Sport and Fitness Administration (54.5%), Business Administration and Management (15.5%), Elementary Education (13.7%), Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies (8.2%), and Criminal Justice Studies (8.1%).

9,400 students currently attend this school; the majority of which are Caucasian (79%) and the surrounding community also has a majority of Caucasian citizens (92%). Over 50% of students come from other areas in Pennsylvania. The student population is almost equally split between men and women, with 51.5% of students being female and 48.5% being male.

Many clubs and organizations are available for students including: musical groups, journalism and publication, student government, sports, and campus ministries.

Financial aid is available through the California University Financial Aid Office.93% of students earn financial aid: 85% get loans on average of $6,613, 42% get federal aid of $2,117 on average, 49% get state aid on average around $2,335, and 4% get institutional aid averaging $7,961 per year. The deadline for applying for financial aid is May 1. Need-based financial aid distribution is determined through academics, athletics and minority status. If you are not a need-based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by academics, athletics and minority status.

California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Association. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. The undergraduate degree program is offered by California University of Pennsylvania, which has been accredited for over 40 years and in existence since 1852. The program has undergone the same approval process of all academic programs in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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