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California University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

422 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
97% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is California University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

#857 Best Colleges in Nation
#53 Best Colleges in PA
Health & Physical Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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California University of Pennsylvania was awarded 422 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health & physical education.

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Overall Quality

Cal U landed the #857 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,238 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 117 colleges in Pennsylvania, Cal U is ranked at #53.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal U?

97% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
38% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 97%, Cal U has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 38% 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 480 and 580. Math scores were between 460 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 480 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 460 to 570 )
Cal U received ACT scores from 6% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 18 to 24 )

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California University of Pennsylvania Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
70% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California University of Pennsylvania is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California University of Pennsylvania is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California University of Pennsylvania

67% Freshmen Retention
36% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at California University of Pennsylvania is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Cal U have a four-year graduation rate of 36%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  36 out of 100

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California University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,863 Full-Time Undergraduates
21.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,785 undergraduates at Cal U with 3,863 being full-time and 922 being part-time.

How Much Does California University of Pennsylvania Cost?

$19,117 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
$24,312 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cal U is $19,117. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,854 $16,063 $18,197 $21,716 $23,144

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cal U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 64% of students took out student loans averaging $6,078 a year. That adds up to $24,312 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal U is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cal U Graduates Make?

$45,258 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cal U make about $45,258 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Cal U students since it is 7% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of California University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State
3,863 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
California University of Pennsylvania is a public institution situated in California, Pennsylvania. Cal U is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for Cal U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394
Phone: 724-938-4400

California University of Pennsylvania Majors

64 Majors With Completions
1,154 Undergraduate Degrees
957 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 64 majors graduated from California University of Pennsylvania. Of these students, 1,154 received undergraduate degrees and 957 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 165 $64,369
Business Administration & Management 97 $36,191
Health & Physical Education 92 $30,069
Criminal Justice & Corrections 86 $29,293
General Psychology 56 $20,997
Computer Information Systems 55 $44,734
General Social Sciences 55 $28,609
Teacher Education Grade Specific 54 $29,191
Liberal Arts General Studies 45 $29,535
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 43 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California University of Pennsylvania along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cal U

80% Take At Least One Class Online
43% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 5,207 students took at least one online class at California University of Pennsylvania. This is an increase from the 4,979 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,207 2,821
2019-2020 4,979 2,869
2018-2019 4,367 2,733
2017-2018 4,752 2,965
2016-2017 5,463 3,208

Learn more about online learning at California University of Pennsylvania.

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Notes and 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.


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