California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus
California University of Pennsylvania campus

From the School

California University of Pennsylvania, a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, is a learning community built on the foundation of academic excellence.

California University of Pennsylvania, a comprehensive regional institution of higher education and a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, is a learning community built on the foundation of stellar faculty, extraordinary value, a beautiful campus and valuable opportunities.

Academic excellence is achieved at Cal U by engaging students in myriad ways, fostering growth in knowledge, character and career readiness.


From The School

Cal U’s admissions team looks at your complete student record – grades, test score, high school activities and more. For more information, contact our admissions office at 724-938-4404 or


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 510
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 510
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
390 - 490
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 22

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

We offer the experience you need for the career you want. Each year, more than 2,300 Cal U students participate in internships and other hands-on learning experiences.

For some, that means fieldwork, an internship, research or time in the lab. For others, it’s clinical or student-teaching experience.

Cal U is also home to more than 100 clubs and organizations, including student-run media outlets, intramural sports, student government and Greek life.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate programs and concentrations, including more than 10 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs offered 100 percent online. We also offer a worldwide opportunity for internships and study abroad.

Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in exciting fields such as Education, Criminology, Sport Management, Wellness and Fitness, Nursing and Land Management.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree or a certificate in select areas.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Management Science, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LL.M., M.C.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music Management

Students Say

The California University of Pennsylvania "has a beautiful campus set on the Monongahela with brick buildings and well maintained landscaping; it's hard not to fall in love with it." Students say that this affordable university's "facilities are top-notch," and the campus has "wonderful dorms and that is where you live after all." "It's in a small town so it feels safe, but it's only 45 minutes from the airport and downtown Pittsburgh." Cal U, as it is known, "is very good for students who want to commute instead of living on campus, especially people who are non-traditional students." However, "the parking situation is a headache," and "commuting sucks since I have to park in a school-owned lot three miles away and catch a bus to campus." Registration also has kinks that students feel need to be worked out. "Wh,en registering, it seems that classes fill up so quickly and there are not enough professors/classes to meet the needs of the students." Students feel the quality of professors and academics depended on the program. "Many of its well known programs are very good, but some seem like they can improve."


Doctoral Other
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

We provide a big value, without the big price tag. With an annual undergraduate tuition of just $7,238* for Pennsylvania residents, Cal U offers one of the most affordable four-year baccalaureate degree programs in the state.

Financial Aid

Cal U offers a number of competitive scholarship opportunities for undergraduate, online, and graduate programs. For more information, contact the financial aid office at 724-938-4415 or

*2016-2017 tuition


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With 5,785 undergraduates and 2,069 graduate students, Cal U is small enough to feel like family but large enough for variety and diversity.

The undergraduate population is comprised of 55 percent female students and 45 percent male students, and the racial demographics are as follows: 78 percent students who identify as white, 11 percent students who identify as black, 3 percent students who identify as Latino or Hispanic, and 11 percent students who identify as two or more races or another ethnicity.

Our faculty come straight from the real world to you, with personal insights, practical experience and a face-to-face style that engages you in learning at the individual level. Your level.

They are Fulbright scholars and recipients of grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

They present at national and international conferences and symposiums, conduct important research publish scholarly papers, and consult with countless corporations, organizations and governments.

But they come here to Cal U to pursue their passion: teaching, motivating and inspiring students.

One-hundred percent of classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate students.

Our Four-Year Graduation Plan offers incoming freshmen guaranteed savings in time and money as they work toward the completion of their baccalaureate degree.

The plan offers students a unique combination of advising, course scheduling and individual attention, ensuring efficient and steady progress toward graduation in four years.

Cal U’s The Finish Line is our degree completion program that lets you streamline your path to a bachelor’s degree with a convenient schedule that fits perfectly with your life and work.

You can use the credits you’ve already earned and we can explain how you might earn credits for prior learning and on-the-job experience. We’ll do a courtesy transcript evaluation and show you the fast-track possibilities.

With a Global Online degree from Cal U, you have the power to go where you want, when you want.

Choose from one of more than 40 online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees offered 100 percent online. You’ll receive the same diploma you would from one of our on-campus programs.

Your degree is important. But when it’s time to find a job, experience is a tremendous advantage.

Cal U’s robust program of internships, job shadowing, cooperative education (paid career-related experience), mentorship and study abroad opportunities expands your resume while expanding your mind.

Cal U students have earned their dream internships, from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the Late Show with David Letterman, from Pittsburgh to Bhutan.

As a student at Cal U, you’ll learn to work hard, work smart and hone your skills. Our professors and Career and Professional Development Center staff are dedicated to your success.

Even first-year students can request a career adviser. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge, skill and hands-on experience to make a powerful entry into today’s competitive job market.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
10% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Students Say

The Cal U student body is "a good mix of every kind of person. People are really friendly. I really enjoy having people from so many different backgrounds in my classes. It makes discussions fun." The university boasts "a very diverse campus." The student body has a range of socio-economic backgrounds, although students "are mostly from Pennsylvania." The school also has "a large number of non-traditional students who either mix very well or stay totally uninvolved by choice." Although there is diversity in the student body, "there aren't a large number that would fit into any ‘extremist' categories," and "everyone fits in because of the variety of cultures and styles." "I have seen and met so many people from different backgrounds with individual personalities from all walks of life," one student says. "From freshman right out of local high schools, students from Brazil, Canada, and Europe, to older, non-traditional students pursuing a higher education. I think it is this unique blend of people that make Cal U special."


From The School


Cal U's 294-acre campus is nestled on a bend of the Monongahela River in the borough of California, Pa. With beautiful tree-lined lawns and exquisite landscaping, Cal U has been recognized by the National Building Museum as among the finest in the nation.

Only 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, Cal U has all the historic charm and natural beauty of a small town in the countryside with easy access to big-city culture and entertainment.

The surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, concerts, performances, sporting events, dining options, museums, and more.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

With more than 40 academic buildings, performance spaces and residence halls, new Cal U students can move in and feel right at home.

Cal U’s student housing is best-in-class with not a cinderblock in sight! Instead of the same old thing, University Housing offers modern residence halls and apartments that are home to nearly 2,200 students.

Wi-Fi. HD Cable TV. Air conditioning. Carpet. Single rooms available. Private baths shared with roommates only. And all utilities included.

Cal U is all about new experiences. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, Cal U students have a chance to participate in six theater productions each year.

For those interested in dance, Cal U offers both classical and contemporary, with two dance performances each year.

Are you a musician? There are multiple performance opportunities with our marching band, concert band or jazz ensembles.

Try your hand at a fine arts course, learn to appreciate classical music, or simply be inspired by art in our galleries and public spaces.

Athletic facilities at Cal U are top notch, just like the students who use them. Whether they’re diving into the six-lane Hamer Pool or playing at the Convocation Center, the Hamer Gymnasium, Adamson Stadium, Phillipsburg soccer facility, CONSOL Energy Park, or one of the 15 fields and seven courts at Roadman Park, Cal U student-athletes learn what it takes to have a winning attitude, both on and off the field.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Cal U students cannot say enough good things about the "visually attractive" campus and the swanky student dorms. "The housing is perfect, like your very own place! They are roomy and have bathrooms within the dorms, everything a student looks for nowadays in a dorm room!" Student life outside of the dorm rooms gets a more lukewarm response. "There is nothing fun to do within walking distance," one student says. "The only thing for students at Cal to do on weekends is drink, go home, or go to another school to visit friends." The town of California "is very limited. There are no theaters or anything social. Hell there isn't even a McDonalds." Consequently, much of the student life is on campus where "people party a lot," but there is also "an on-campus free movie theater, a billiards room, and tons of clubs and sponsored activities." "Many students go home on weekends or commute," making the campus emptier, and "for the most part, it's peaceful."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Vulcans)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vulcans)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Rainbow Alliance

Minority Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tammy Clark

250 University Avenue
California, PA 15333


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Halls
Student Union
Herron Rec Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:00am to 4:00pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 10am to 1pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Driving Instructions to Campus
From the East (Harrisburg, Philadelphia) Pa Turnpike to New Stanton, Exit #75, Interstate 70 West to Exit 37A (Toll Road 43) From the North East (Scranton) Interstate 81 South to PA Turnpike, PA Turnpike West to New Stanton, Exit #75 Interstate 70 West to Exit 37A(Toll Road 43) From the North (Erie, Pittsburgh) Interstate 79 South to Interstate 70 Exit, Interstate 70 East to Exit 37A (Toll Road 43) From the South East (Baltimore MD, Washington DC) Interstate 70 West to PA Turnpike, West to New Stanton, Exit #75 Interstate 70 West to Exit 37A (Toll Road 43) From the West, South West (Ohio, West Virginia) Interstate 70 East to Exit 37A (Toll Road 43) From Toll Road 43 Take the California Exit (bear right at end of exit). Stay straight toward Wood Street. Follow Wood Street down to intersection at Third Street (at stop light). At the stop light, turn right onto Third Street and follow straight onto campus.

Local Accommodations
These hotels are not endorsed or recommended by the University. This list is provided only for your convenience. Belle Vernon (I-70 and Route 51) Holiday Inn 724-929-4600 Bentleyville (I-70 Exit 12B) Best Western Garden Inn 1-800-528-1234 New Stanton (Exit 75-PA Turnpike) Ramada Inn 724-925-6755 Super 8 724-925-8915 Uniontown (Route 40) Fairfield Inn 724-434-1800 Holiday Inn 724-437-2816 Hampton Inn 724-430-1000 Washington (I-70 Exit, 7 A and B) Spring Hill Suites 724-223-7800 Hampton Inn 724-223-4100

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