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California University of Pennsylvania Overview

Located in California, Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania is a public institution. California is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is California University of Pennsylvania Known For?

2,478 Undergraduate Awards
$25,953 Avg Cost After Aid
96% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Cal U.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 66% of the faculty were full-time.

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California University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Cal U has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#58 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#258 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#266 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cal U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Legal Research Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Statistics Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Gerontology Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cal U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#18 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#20 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#24 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#26 Best Value Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#31 Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#35 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual

Where Is California University of Pennsylvania?

Location of California University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for Cal U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394
Phone: 724-938-4400
Website: www.calu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CalUofPA
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CalUofPA

How Do I Get Into Cal U?

You can apply to Cal U online at: www.calu.edu/admissions/apply/index.aspx

Admission Requirements for Cal U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cal U?

96% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 96%, Cal U is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Cal U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 560. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 450 to 560 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 450 to 550 )
200
800
Cal U received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 23. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 16 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 15 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 16 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 16 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford California University of Pennsylvania?

$25,953 Net Price
85% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal U is $25,953. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cal U, approximately 85% of students took out student loans averaging $7,223 a year. That adds up to $28,892 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal U is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

California University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,979 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,856 undergraduate students at Cal U, with 3,979 being full-time and 877 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cal U

There are also 1,986 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,979 full-time undergraduates at Cal U, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cal U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California University of Pennsylvania students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cal U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 39
Black or African American 484
Hispanic or Latino 165
White 3,004
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 255

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at California University of Pennsylvania. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 34 countries are represented at Cal U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Turkey.

Online Learning at California University of Pennsylvania

2,965 Took All Classes Online
4,752 Took At Least One Class Online
7.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at Cal U. In 2017-2018, 4,752 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal U has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cal U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California University of Pennsylvania was 7.0%. This is the #1,523 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cal U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cal U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 85%
Applied Mathematics 25%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 35%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 30%
Criminology 47%
Education 16%
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10%
Engineering Technologies 13%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 17%
General Social Sciences 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 27%
Industrial Production Technology 8%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 17%
Liberal Arts General Studies 17%
Mathematics & Statistics 15%
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 33%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 16%
Nursing 3%
Psychology 3%
Social Sciences 15%
Special Education 44%
Statistics 56%
Student Counseling 6%
Systems Theory 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 34%
Teaching English or French 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cal U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cal U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages #2
Systems Theory #4
Electromechanical Engineering Technology #6
Applied Mathematics #8
Legal Professions (Other) #9
Public Policy #11
Legal Research #13
Physical Sciences #15
Criminology #23
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #29
General Social Sciences #31
Mathematics & Statistics #35
Student Counseling #36
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #36
Teaching English or French #38
Homeland Security #40
Mental & Social Health Services #43
Health & Physical Education #69
Legal Professions #73
Information Technology #76
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #80
Engineering Technologies #96
Computer Information Systems #105
Special Education #127
Social Sciences #128
Teacher Education Subject Specific #130
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #137
Public Administration & Social Service #137
Teacher Education Grade Specific #178
Educational Administration #178
Computer & Information Sciences #243
Criminal Justice & Corrections #257
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #293
Liberal Arts General Studies #317
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #317
Nursing #333
Education #423

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 611 0 0 0 0 0 611
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 403 0 46 0 0 0 449
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 110 8 314 0 432
Nursing 0 0 0 227 0 60 0 287
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 148 0 72 0 220
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 105 7 1 19 132
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 67 0 62 0 129
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 5 65 31 0 101
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 29 65 0 94
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 75 0 75
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 8 0 54 1 11 0 74
Social Work 0 0 0 36 0 35 0 71
Systems Theory 0 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
Mental & Social Health Services 4 0 0 0 21 31 0 56
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 33 0 22 0 55
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
General Psychology 0 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 3 37 2 0 0 42
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0 39 0 39
Design & Applied Arts 0 14 0 25 0 0 0 39
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 19 0 18 0 0 0 37
Accounting 1 32 0 1 0 0 0 34
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Student Counseling 3 0 0 0 3 25 0 31
Criminology 0 0 0 0 30 0 0 30
General Biology 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 11 12 0 23
General English Literature 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Robotics Engineering 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 10 8 0 18
Legal Research 0 0 1 16 0 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 16
Statistics 0 0 4 1 11 0 0 16
Industrial Production Technology 0 4 0 9 0 0 0 13
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 13
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Music 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Gerontology 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 9
History 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Romance Languages 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 6
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Anthropology 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Chemistry 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Computer Engineering Technology 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Economics 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 14 1,105 14 1,345 215 887 23 3,603

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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