California University of Pennsylvania

1,280 reviews
  1. California, PA
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B-
California University of Pennsylvania is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Address
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419
Website

California University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
SAT Range
840-1030
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$16,890/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,962/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,028/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,508/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,988/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,351/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.94 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.92 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,330Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Normal
    39%
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    18%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    18%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    16%
  • Commuter
    4%
  • Redneck
    4%
  • Weird
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.89 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Fitting
    33%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    18%
  • Quiet
    16%
  • Admirable
    12%
  • Home
    2%

After California University of Pennsylvania

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.61 responses

Reviews

1,280 reviews
  • Excellent
    153
  • Very Good
    368
  • Average
    554
  • Poor
    125
  • Terrible
    80
I love attending CalU because it fits me really well. It is a medium sized school so class sizes are relatively small and more personal. There is something for everyone on campus like clubs, organizations, a ton of food options, activities, events, and places for commuters to relax. I transferred there a year ago and now I wish I went here to begin with. This school is perfect for my major which is social work. All the faculty in the Social Work department have been really helpful and knowledgeable. Social work is the second most common major at CalU behind Education. That is one of my favorite things because a lot of people I run into daily are in my major and are in the same classes as me. There are also a lot of resources on campus that are very nice and helpful.

I really love this school and I would recommend CalU to anyone!
  • College Junior
  • 3 months ago
An amazing University for students seeking an enjoyable college experience. Beautiful campus, not too big and not too small, with so much to do. My favorite aspect of the University as a whole are the facilities and technology. The recreational hall is amazing and offers so much more than just a fitness facility. Some lab classrooms have large Mac computers that make projects easy and professional. More than enough desktop computers on campus and plenty of space to get work done in a quiet setting. One thing I dislike is the majority of work in core classes is done online like tests and quizzes, but that's just a personal preference for me. Some may like that! All in all, such an amazing, fun and diverse setting to receive a top notch education.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
I lived in the dorms my first year attending Cal, and it was amazing! It was a community with your friends and allowed you to make even more friends being there! You learn about different majors, sports, cultures, and just about everything. The housing process is fairly easy too, especially if you know where, and who you want to live with. If you do not know, Cal will make it their best to find a great roommate for you. All the housing is close to classes and the amenities on campus. There free printing, a kitchen, televisions, and games in each housing building which makes it feel more like home!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago