California University of Pennsylvania Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

California University of Pennsylvania
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California University of Pennsylvania Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 96%, California University isn't overly selective; students with good grades and test scores at or above average have a good chance of being admitted. Prospective students are asked to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT as part of the application. Applicants are also asked to send in high school transcripts; letters of recommendation and a personal essay are optional, but encouraged.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • California University of Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

California University of Pennsylvania Description:

Located 35 miles from Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania is a public, four-year university on 294 acres in the town of California, Pennsylvania. California University, or Cal U, supports about 8,600 students with a student/faculty ratio of 22 to 1. They offer over 120 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate programs across their College of Education and Human Services, Eberly College of Science and Technology, College of Liberal Arts, and School of Graduate Studies and Research. Cal U students balance academics with participation in over 100 student clubs and organizations, including a Games Club, Martial Arts Club, and Ballroom and Latin Dance Club. Cal U also has a host of intramural sports as well as seven fraternities and five sororities. As for intercollegiate athletics, Cal U competes in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer, golf, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 7,553 (5,522 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 83% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,339 (in-state); $14,673 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,086
  • Other Expenses: $4,350
  • Total Cost: $25,775 (in-state); $30,109 (out-of-state)

California University of Pennsylvania Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 64%
    • Loans: 79%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,441
    • Loans: $7,150

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Sport Management.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Softball, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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