California University Of Pennsylvania

California University Of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania, popularly referred to as Cal U, was founded in 1852 as a public university. The main campus spans over 90 acres of land and with an additional 98 acre for a recreational complex. The university enrolls over 6,000 students in its undergraduate and post graduate programs.

Cal U's athletic teams go by the nickname Vulcans, with the mascot being Blaze. The official colors are red and black. The sports department includes the volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis and baseball teams, along with the ice hockey and softball teams. Cal U boasts of four national championships in basketball, softball and ice hockey. The university's football team also won three straight PSAC championships.

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California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave
California , PA 15419-1394
General Phone: (724) 938-4400

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California University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy508parks and recreation management, sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Education and Teaching354education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, reading teaching
Business and Management173business management, accounting, management science
Liberal Arts169French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, geography, political science, social studies, ...
Therapy and Counseling138psychology, school psychology, communication disorders, physical therapist assistant, mental and social health services
Engineering Technician120engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial production tech, computer engineering tech, drafting
Security and Law Enforcement108criminal justice and safety
Science97biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine74registered nursing
Law55legal professions
Family and Social Work51social work
Media41communication studies
Photography and Commercial Art23commercial art, multimedia
Conservation and Resource Management21environmental science
Design19graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering16computer and info science
Art Studies15art studies
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Hospitality1tourism and travel

Number of programs and degrees for California University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,24243
Postbaccalaureate certificate11
Master's degree72322
Post-master's certificate124
Associate's degree478

California University Student Body

In 2007-2008, California University had a total enrollment of 8,206 students (8,114 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 5%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 19%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 26%
20-21 25%
22-24 18%
25-29 13%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
(International Students)1%
New Jersey1%

California University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 45 %

California University Room and Board (2007)

California University offers campus housing for 2,264 of its 8,114 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of California, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

California University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440530
SAT Math440530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

California University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,314
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,622
Room and board $ 8,756
Room charge $ 5,874
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,012
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,504

Financial Aid:
California University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 331600)

California University Faculty

California University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4355
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1321

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year55$98,49129$93,169
Associate professoracademic year45$78,93635$77,337
Assistant professoracademic year46$64,86647$63,161
Instructoracademic year11$45,18023$46,352
All faculty totalacademic year157$79,299134$70,473

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

California University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Basketball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Baseball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Track Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports2291113

California University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Science, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Tourism and Travel Services Management

Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets California University Apart:

% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 5%California University % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%California University Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%California University Number of students
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%California University Salaries of full-time faculty
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%California University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%California University % of degrees in mathematics
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 18%California University Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%California University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Male % of student body
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%California University Male % of student body

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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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