California University of Pennsylvania 1

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250 University Avenue, Box 94

California, PA 15419

Phone: (724) 938-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#135 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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California University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1852. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 192 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,379 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,825 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1852, is devoted to building character and careers, broadly defined. Character-building focuses on three core values (integrity, civility, and responsibility) and four rights and responsibilities (safety, respect, fairness, and excellence). Career-building includes life-wide (multiple life roles) and life-long (legacy) aspects. California University has three main goals: student achievement and success, institutional excellence, and community service. These ends are achieved through high quality faculty, students, programs, and facilities, and these means are funded through an energetic program of resource acquisition and stewardship. We aspire to be recognized as the best comprehensive public university in America.

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School type public
Year founded 1852
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to California University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at California University of Pennsylvania is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.1% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

California University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

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Student gender distribution N/A
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California University of Pennsylvania also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California University of Pennsylvania, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California University of Pennsylvania.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $9,379 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,825 (2012-13)
Room and board $10,022 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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