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California University of Pennsylvania

1,248 reviews
  1. California, PA
  2. 4 Year
C
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 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 29 responses
  • A mix of diverse students and beliefs and hobbies
    3%
  • Friendly, fun, dedicated
    10%
  • Normal
    55%
  • Redneck
    7%
  • Weird
    3%
  • Your average Western Pennsylvanian college student
    21%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
17%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.65 responses
Poll
2%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Admirable
    17%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Educationally-Perfect
    8%
  • Fitting
    33%
  • Quiet
    21%

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%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses

Reviews

1,248 reviews
  • Excellent
    144
  • Very Good
    353
  • Average
    546
  • Poor
    125
  • Terrible
    80
When I first came to the school on a visit I fell in love with it. My tour guide knew things about the university that most workers probably have no idea about. Like all the different type of trees on campus and how some are dedicated to passed students. After that visit I knew that I wanted to be able to call California university of PA my home. I am currently in my 5th year due to a change in major and I wouldn't want to be any where else. My first year here I made great friends and memories living on campus. My second year I became a CA (community assistant) in one of the residence halls and ever since then I've wanted to work in residence life after graduation. I love watching freshman find their way, seniors preparing for life after school, and the in betweenness of not knowing what they want to do. i will always remember all the wonderful times I had on campus like paint ball, later tag, homecoming parade, and even all the snow we get in the winter. Calu will always be my home and I love this school.
  • College Senior
  • 24 days ago
Recruiting and alumni work could use some changes and improvements but aren't bad enough to be detrimental to the college. The job/internship center is always hard at work. As a students, you can come and ask questions, find oppurtunites, etc. We even get emails regularly throughout the year (during and away from school) about upcomming internships available, as well and work studies and projects on campus.
  • College Sophomore
  • 29 days ago
Most courses are well planned out and executed. The studio courses are very well accommodated and allow the space for students to really challenge themselves. The professors contribute to this as well. We are given gallery spaces to use throughout the semesters too. lab courses (sciences, communications, etc) are also up to date and provided a good central area for the teacher to demonstrate and teach about the days subject.
  • College Sophomore
  • 29 days ago