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California University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on California University of Pennsylvania, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

California University of Pennsylvania was awarded 42 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Cal U is ranked #898 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Cal U also holds the #86 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for California University of Pennsylvania.

Is It Hard to Get Into Cal U?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 96%, California University of Pennsylvania is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 60% 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 450 and 560. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 450 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 450 to 550 )
Cal U received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 16 to 23 )

Learn more about California University of Pennsylvania admissions.

California University of Pennsylvania Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California University of Pennsylvania is 20 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 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California University of Pennsylvania

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California University of Pennsylvania enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 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 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at California University of Pennsylvania.

Average Overall Diversity at Cal U

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,856 undergraduates at Cal U with 3,979 being full-time and 877 being part-time.

Cal U Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Cal U scored 59.75 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  59.75 out of 100
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How Much Does California University of Pennsylvania Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal U is $19,068. 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 +
$15,974 $16,915 $18,901 $21,849 $23,083

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 85% of students took out student loans averaging $7,223 a year. That adds up to $28,892 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal U is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cal U Graduates Make?

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 $41,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at California University of Pennsylvania make the most money.

Location of California University of Pennsylvania

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from California University of Pennsylvania. Of these students, 2,450 received undergraduate degrees and 910 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 227 $62,200
Business Administration & Management 148 $35,300
Health & Physical Education 110 $31,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 105 $31,900
General Social Sciences 67 $26,000
Systems Theory 64 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 54 $25,700
Computer Information Systems 48 $49,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 46 $28,500
General Psychology 44 $26,400

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

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 2017-2018, 4,752 students took at least one online class at California University of Pennsylvania. This is a decrease from the 5,463 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,752 2,965
2016-2017 5,463 3,208
2015-2016 4,949 2,744
2014-2015 5,013 2,619
2013-2014 4,634 2,300

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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