See what students say:

Academics

The California University of Pennsylvania is a small campus that offers students “the tools and opportunities to be successful” in their chosen field, which includes small class sizes and “plenty of resources around campus … whether you need an essay revised or tutoring.” Programs praised the most include Education, Criminal Justice, and Biology. But regardless of discipline, the school “has a great environment for studying, and the faculty and staff are pretty great.” In fact, the professors are almost universally heralded as “very passionate and well-versed in their given area.” As one student explains, “They make sure they give you the support and aid you need to succeed in and out of the classroom.” To that end, “they cover the content students need but also apply their own personal experiences, which helps [the class] understand and connect with the content.” By making “the material interesting to learn no matter the workload,” students find it easier to succeed in class.

Student Body

Some at Cal U may seem more interested in the social scene than academics, but this is really an extension of many enrollee’s “Do-It-Yourself type of mentality.” That is, “it all comes down to how hard you want to work” to determine your success on campus. Regardless of the path you choose, “everyone is always so nice and courteous to one another. With a student body that is “so kind and welcoming,” it’s no wonder attendees use words like “wonderful,” “fun,” and “excellent” to describe the vibe on campus. Additionally, many praise the diversity present here, which is amplified by having “so many … people from all over the world” enrolled. You’ll also find students have a broad range of interests “from athletes to artists, and more.” This helps the campus feel “inclusive and inviting to all.” As one student sums it up: “It is nice to be … here and see everyone moving towards their goals, [still making] time to come together for school-held events.”

Campus Life

At Cal U, the days are “usually very busy,” with most students focused diligently on studying. But when students are not hard at work, “there are a bunch of activities” to occupy their time, and one need only travel as far as the student center where “there are many things to relieve stress,” including free movie screenings, a pool table, and pianos. Those looking to make more of their experience have plenty of options as “almost everyone is involved in some sort of club” at Cal U. And don’t worry about lack of variety, either: “There are [so] many clubs here…, but if there is something else you would like to do it is very easy to create your own organization.” Plus, those clubs aren’t just for fun—they also “help you build your knowledge for your career.” Outside of organizations, some claim that “if you do not get involved with activities on campus, then you will be bored.” But others disagree: “There are all kinds of shows, concerts, and gatherings … on campus at all times, so you never know what’s next.” And even if some “choose not to completely fill their time and would rather just relax,” they note that “it’s quite fun no matter what you do.” Overall, it seems Cal U has it all: “The campus is beautiful. The dorms are amazing. And it’s close enough to Pittsburgh to take a day trip,” even if that does mean “needing to drive 20+ minutes.”

Overview

Applicants
3,324
Acceptance Rate
94%
Average HS GPA
3.12

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
15%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 560
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
16 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
383
with Terminal Degree
274

203
Men
180
Women
38
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

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

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Gerontology.
  • Systems Science and Theory.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • 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.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music Technology.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,759

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,997

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,142

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
91%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,242

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,565

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,716
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$11,574
Required Fees
$3,392
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,344
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,557
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

13.05%
African-American
3.15%
Hispanic
75.92%
Caucasian
1.86%
Unknown

53% female
47% male
11% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Same as above

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Robert Mehalik

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
179
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
4

6% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

24% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Vulcans)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vulcans)
10 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Rainbow Alliance http://www.calu.edu/current-students/get-involved/clubs-and-organizations/rainbow-alliance/index.htm

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

71/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenova

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tammy Clark
Admission clerk

Address
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15333

Phone
724-938-4404

Email
clark@calu.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Vigilant Mine
Ohiopyle State Park
Fallingwater
Downtown Pittsburgh

Campus Tours

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

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

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

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttles and buses to and from campus are available at

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
Hampton Inn & Suites California University-Pittsburgh 200 Technology Dr, Coal Center, PA 15423 Phone: (724) 330-5820


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