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

Overview

Applicants
3,714
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.10

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
3%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
420 - 520
SAT Math
420 - 510
SAT Writing
400 - 490
ACT Composite
17 - 22

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Overall

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."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
391
with Terminal Degree
186

209
Men
182
Women
47
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • 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


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,381

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,688

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,870

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,179

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
88%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,624

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,820
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$10,230
Required Fees
$2,736
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,250
Transportation for Commuters
$3,400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

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."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,076
Out of State
10%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

11.26%
African-American
3.02%
Hispanic
78.94%
Caucasian
2.57%
Unknown

52% female
48% male
10% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

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."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
67
First-Year Students living on campus
75%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
168
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
1

8% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Vulcans)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Vulcans)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Rainbow Alliance http://sai.cup.edu/sai/clubs/rainbow/pages/news.html

Minority Support Groups: www.cup.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
73

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenova

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tammy Clark

Address
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15333

Phone
724-938-4404


Experience College Life

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


Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:00am to 4:00pm
724-938-4404

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation


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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Key Stats

3,714
Applicants
6,076
Size
74%
Acceptance Rate
940
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists