California University of Pennsylvania

California, PA

California University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1852, is a public institution. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology. Its 148-acre campus is located in the town of California, 25 miles from Pittsburgh.

Website: www.calu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
5,557
Undergraduate
Students
(53.4%) 2,969 Women
(46.6%) 2,588 Men
2,231
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
94% of 3,324 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.12
SAT Math
452 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
524 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
19 average
16-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,596
Out-of-state: $30,454
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,902
Out-of-state: $14,760
Room and Board
$10,344
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Freshman Award
$10,026
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,242
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
252
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 18% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 20% of classes
40-49 students: 11% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

California Population
6,816
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Pittsburgh
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
33% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Vulcans
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.0% Asian
12.9% Black/African-American
3.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.7% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students
0.8% from 23 countries
First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
84%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 1  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives 6  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for placement
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
250 University Avenue
City, State, Zip
California, PA 15419-1394
Phone
(724) 938-4404
Fax
(724) 938-4138
E-mail
inquiry@calu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$35
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
94% of 3,324 applicants were admitted
Women
95% of 1,889 applicants were admitted
Men
93% of 1,435 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,711 (55%) of 3,133 admitted students enrolled
Women
930 (52%) of 1,796 admitted students enrolled
Men
781 (58%) of 1,337 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.12
3.75 and Above
14%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
23%
2.00 - 2.49
17%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
452 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
10%
Score of 500 - 600
46%
Score of 400 - 500
36%
Score of 300 - 400
7%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
524 average
470-580 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
16%
Score of 500 - 600
47%
Score of 400 - 500
32%
Score of 300 - 400
4%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
19 average
16-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
2%
Score of 24 - 29
22%
Score of 18 - 23
43%
Score of 12 - 17
33%
Score of 6 - 11
1%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 7%
Top quarter: 23%
Top half: 55%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,596
Out-of-state: $30,454
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,902
Out-of-state: $14,760
Room and Board
$10,344
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$4,350
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003316
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
856 (97.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
716 (83.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
716 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
121 (16.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Award
$10,026
Need-Based Gift
Received by 575 (80.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,759
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 665 (92.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,177
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 243 (33.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
16 (1.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,669

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
4,243 (92.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
3,563 (84.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,563 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
262 (7.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
51%
Average Award
$9,213
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,856 (80.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,997
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,339 (93.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,642
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 678 (19.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
89 (1.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,361

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
91%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,242
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
15.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, International Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$580
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Corrections
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • History, General
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
  • Music Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Work
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
252
Part-Time Faculty
131
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
56%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 18% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 20% of classes
40-49 students: 11% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
564,477
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1300
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science, Professional Science Master's, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study

  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Vocational and Technical Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


California Population
6,816
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Pittsburgh
Campus Size
188 acres

Weather

Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
30 mile(s) from campus in Connelsville

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
33% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
67%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
residence hall entrances staffed 24/7, fire suppression and smoke detection systems, security staff are trained police officers

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Vulcans
School Colors
Red and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x      
Tennis x      
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis    
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
5,557
Women
2,969 (53.4%)
Men
2,588 (46.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
4,534
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.0% Asian
12.9% Black/African-American
3.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.7% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students.
0.8% from 23 countries
Average Age
24
All Graduate Students
2,231

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
73.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
52.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
55.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
84%
Average Starting Salary
84%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 4%
Engineering 1%
Law 1%
Theology 1%
Arts and Sciences 3%
Medicine 2%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 1%

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