PennWest California

California, PA

PennWest California

California, PA

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Tuition & Fees

$11,108

$14,966

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
570
25th
470
75th
550
25th
450
75th
21
25th
15
75th
24
25th
16
75th
23
25th
17
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undergraduateRatios

45%

male

55%

female

17

students

1

faculty

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Not Selective

94%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,589
Declined 216
Total Received 3,805
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Public

5,869

undergraduate students

3,013

graduate students

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School Facts

Founded in 1852, Pennsylvania Western University California (formerly California University of Pennsylvania) is a public comprehensive institution offering programs through the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science & Technology. In 2022, the University combined with two other institutions to form PennWest. Its 148-acre campus is located in the town of California, 25 miles from Pittsburgh.

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Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 8,882
Established in 1852
Coeducational Coeducational

188-acre campus in California (population: 6,364), 45 miles from Pittsburgh; branch campus in Southpointe. Major airport serves Pittsburgh; train serves Connelsville (30 miles). Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Small town

PennWest California
250 University Avenue
California, PA
15419

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
30%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
65%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
no
Alcohol is not permitted on campus to students of legal age

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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
7%
Top 1/4
25%
Top 1/2
61%
Bottom 1/2
39%
Bottom 1/4
14%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
570
25th
470
75th
550
25th
450
75th
21
25th
15
75th
24
25th
16
75th
23
25th
17

Admissions Facts

Application fee $35
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Recommended
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (final deadline) August 21
SAT/ACT requirements ACT only Considered if submitted SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Not used

Not Selective

94%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,589
Declined 216
Total Received 3,805

Admissions Factors

Required

Secondary School Record
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Completion of college-preparatory program

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Other
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

100%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

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Financial Aid

81%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$6,546

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,716
Room $6,822
Board $3,900
Additional fees $3,392
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $22,830
Average Financial Aid - $6,546
Total with Avg. Aid $16,284

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $10,778,558
State $5,254,653
Institutional $3,220,560
Other external
Total $19,253,771

Non-need-based

Federal $26,152
State $74,559
Institutional $2,006,213
Other external $932,079
Total $3,039,003

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Financial Aid Office


P: 724 938-4415
F: 724 938-4551
finaid@calu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Football yes
Golf yes yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Swimming yes
Tennis yes
Track and field indoor yes yes
Track and field x country yes yes
Volleyball yes

Club Sports - Men's

archery, baseball, bass fishing, dance, equestrian sports, fencing, hockey, inline hockey, judo, lacrosse, medieval sports, rugby, soccer, sport shooting, ultimate frisbee, volleyball

Club Sports - Women's

archery, baseball, bass fishing, dance, equestrian sports, fencing, hockey, inline hockey, judo, lacrosse, medieval sports, rugby, soccer, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

baseball, basketball, football, indoor golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, Pennsylvania Intramural Recreational Sports Association

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting. yes yes yes
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence. yes
Anthropology, General. yes
Arabic Language and Literature. yes yes
Art/Art Studies, General. yes
Athletic Training/Trainer. yes yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes yes
Business/Commerce, General. yes
Chemistry, General. yes
Commercial and Advertising Art. yes yes
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General. yes yes
Computational and Applied Mathematics. yes
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician. yes yes
Computer and Information Sciences, General. yes yes
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance. yes
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services. yes
Criminal Justice/Police Science. yes
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies. yes yes
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General. yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes
Economics, General. yes
Education, General. yes
Educational Leadership and Administration, General. yes
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician. yes yes
Electromechanical Technologies/Technicians, Other. yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes
Environmental Studies. yes
Exercise Science and Kinesiology. yes
Finance, General. yes
Fine/Studio Arts, General. yes
French Language and Literature. yes
Geography. yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes
Gerontology. yes
Graphic Design. yes
History, General. yes
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General. yes
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other. yes yes
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching. yes
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching. yes yes
Legal Professions and Studies, Other. yes
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. yes yes
Marketing/Marketing Management, General. yes
Mathematics, General. yes
Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering. yes
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other. yes
Molecular Biology. yes
Music Technology. yes
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN) yes yes
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management, General. yes
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. yes
Philosophy. yes
Physical Therapy Assistant. yes
Physics, General. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes
Psychology, General. yes
Reading Teacher Education. yes
School Psychology. yes
Secondary Education and Teaching. yes
Social Sciences, General. yes yes
Social Work. yes yes
Spanish Language and Literature. yes
Special Education and Teaching, General. yes yes
Speech Communication and Rhetoric. yes
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. yes yes
Statistics, General. yes
Systems Science and Theory. yes
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education. yes yes
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant. yes yes
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management. yes

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Business Administration
  3. Nursing

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

8,882

total students

91%

in-state

9%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

66%

5,869
students

Female
55%
3,239

Male
45%
2,630

34%

3,013
students

Female
66%
1,979

Male
34%
1,034

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

74%

4,323
students

Female
54%
2,353

Male
46%
1,970

26%

1,546
students

Female
57%
886

Male
43%
660

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Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
11%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
75%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

3%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements High School GPA: 2.00
College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: rolling

Winter: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transferred

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 16
Countries most often represented Albania
Canada
India
Nigeria
Turkey
Turkey
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors

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