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California University of Pennsylvania is a public institution situated in California, Pennsylvania. The suburban atmosphere of California makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

227 Undergraduate Degrees
60 Graduate Degrees
$25,953 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
96% Acceptance Rate

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California University of Pennsylvania Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Cal U is ranked #255 out of 1,284 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Cal U has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#143 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cal U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#103 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
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Where Is California University of Pennsylvania?

Location of California University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for Cal U are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Cal U?

You can apply to Cal U online at:

Admission Requirements for Cal U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cal U?

96% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
Cal U has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

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 English scores ranged between 15 and 23. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 16 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 15 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for California University of Pennsylvania  ( 16 to 23 )

Can I Afford California University of Pennsylvania?

$25,953 Net Price
85% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal U is $25,953. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.

California University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,979 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,856 undergraduate students at Cal U, with 3,979 being full-time and 877 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cal U

There are also 1,986 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,979 full-time undergraduates at Cal U, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cal U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California University of Pennsylvania students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cal U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 39
Black or African American 484
Hispanic or Latino 165
White 3,004
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 255

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at California University of Pennsylvania. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 34 countries are represented at Cal U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Turkey.

Online Learning at California University of Pennsylvania

2,965 Took All Classes Online
4,752 Took At Least One Class Online
7.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at Cal U. In 2017-2018, 4,752 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal U has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cal U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California University of Pennsylvania was 7.0%. This is the #1,036 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cal U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cal U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 3%
Registered Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cal U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cal U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #270
Nursing #333

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California University of Pennsylvania Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 227 60 287
TOTAL 227 60 287


*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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