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California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania Rating: 4.2/5 (13 votes)

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California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) is a private, liberal arts and professional studies university located 35 miles south of Pittsburgh on the banks of the Monongahela River. The scenic campus spans 294 acres in the borough of California.


Cal U is home to more than130 undergraduate programs in a wide variety of fields. The department of Education and Human Services is one of the most popular among students, and offers programs for specialities such as Chemistry for Secondary Schools, Technology Education, and Communication Disorders. The sciences are strong as well, with fields of study such as Biology-Mortuary Science, Chemistry-Nanofabrication Manufacturing, and Fisheries and Wildlife.

Graduate programs offer master’s degrees, mostly in science and education fields. Some available programs include Principal’s Program, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, and School Psychology. Many master’s programs are available entirely online, including Advanced Studies in Secondary Education, Homeland Security, and Sport Management.

Continuing Education programs are offered to working adults in a variety of life and work circumstances. Visiting students from other universities may attend without going through the full admission process, then transfer credits back to their school of record. The 60+ College Advantage Program (CAP) allows Pennsylvania residents aged 60 and up to take college classes tuition free. Classes taken in the CAP program may be counted toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are competitive. Prospective students must submit:

  • An application for admissions
  • A non-refundable fee.
  • An official high school transcript or GED certificate.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores

Optional but helpful submissions include letters of recommendation and a personal essay.

Some programs of study have further requirements for admission. Applicants to the Commercial Music Technology Program must audition for admission. Applicants to the Nursing and Education programs will be held to a higher academic standard than many other programs or students seeking general admission. Refer to the official college website for details.


The student body includes a mix of commuters and residential students. The college offers six residence halls. All residences offer suites with semi-private bathrooms. In addition, the residences all feature lounges with large-screen televisions and full kitchens. In addition to a traditional dining hall, the campus features a number of fast food and restaurant outlets.

There are more than a 100 clubs and activities on campus, offering meaningful extracurricular activities for a diverse spectrum of interests.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department fields teams in a number of NCAA Division II sports, including:

  • Men’s baseball
  • Men’s basketball
  • Women’s basketball
  • Men’s football
  • Men’s cross country
  • Women’s cross country
  • Men’s track and field
  • Women’s track and field
  • Men’s golf
  • Women’s golf
  • Women’s volleyball

All athletic teams are known as the Vulcans. Yes, there are lots of Spock jokes. In addition, there is a strong intramural program for recreational athletes.


Local Community

The university is a short drive away from Fallingwater. one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous creations and a must-see for all students.

The campus itself is situated in the rolling hills of the Appalachian Plateau, a hot spot for backpacking, camping, skiing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and any number of other outdoors activities.

For more urban types, the campus is only 35 miles away from Pittsburgh and public transportation is easily accessible. The city of Pittsburgh is known for its many museums and for world-class symphonies, ballets, operas, and cultural centers. For sports fans, Pittsburgh is home to the Pirates, the Steelers, and the Penguins.

Information Summary

Ranks 60th in Pennsylvania and 739th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 119th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 39 0.41

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 18 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 23 0.34
Larceny 94 1.38
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2473rd for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near California, PA 15419-1394
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population4,331 (4,331 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,538 (2.04 people per house)
Median Household Income$21,717
Families599 (2.73 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4209

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1395th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $9,934
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,617 $2,617 $3,157
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $414
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,988 $2,988 $3,792
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,860 $24,860 $28,712
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,298 $25,298 $29,150
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $18,884 $18,884 $22,736

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,912 $9,379 $8,912 $9,379 $13,786 $13,825
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,934 $10,022
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,360 $3,745
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,102 $10,460
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,838 $4,029
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,810 $5,919

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,022 (1,387 male / 1,635 female)
Admitted 2,801 (1,286 male / 1,515 female)
Admission rate 93%
First-time Enrollment 1,154 (550 male / 604 female)
FT Enrollment 1,146 (544 male / 602 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (6 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment8,243

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1239th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 20%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 21

SAT Test Admission

969th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1070

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,264
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$7,100
Board Fee$3,580

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 533rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,746 ($88,751 male / $78,201 female)
Number of FT Faculty 266 (133 male / 133 female)
Number of PT Faculty 405
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $13,281,564

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