California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) was founded in 1852. Originally named the California Normal School, it was established by a group of local citizens with the goal of providing quality education to students in the area. The school was originally a teacher-training institute and its mission was to provide teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to teach in local schools. In 1927, Cal U became a four-year teacher-training college and changed its name to California State Teachers College. In 1960, it achieved university status and changed its name again, becoming known as California University of Pennsylvania.

Today, Cal U is a comprehensive public university that offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its five academic colleges: Education and Human Services; Arts and Sciences; Business; Health Sciences; and Graduate Studies. The university also offers continuing education opportunities through its Professional Development Institute (PDI), which provides professional development training for individuals seeking career advancement or those looking to gain new skills in their chosen field. Cal U is proud to be recognized as one of the top public universities in Pennsylvania for value and affordability, consistently ranking among the most affordable universities in the state according to US News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide. It is also proud to have been included in Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges for seven consecutive years.

California University of Pennsylvania, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of California University of Pennsylvania. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about California University of Pennsylvania, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in California, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university has an enrollment of around 7,000 students and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. According to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, California University of Pennsylvania had a total enrollment of 6,842 students in Fall 2019. Of those students, 4,943 were undergraduates and 1,899 were graduate students. The student body was made up predominantly of White (76%), African American (13%), Hispanic/Latino (6%), Asian (3%) and Native American/Alaska Native (1%) students. The university also had a gender breakdown of 54% female and 46% male students enrolled in Fall 2019. In terms of admission selectivity, California University had an acceptance rate of 84% in Fall 2019 with an average SAT score range between 990-1200 for admitted freshmen and an average ACT score range between 19-25 for admitted freshmen.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 60%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 60%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 5,009
Female applicants 2,878
Male applicants 2,131
Applicants accepted 3,006
Female applicants accepted 1,662
Male applicants accepted 1,344
Freshman enrollment 1,361
Female freshman enrollment 717
Male freshman enrollment 644
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 54%
Class standing breakdown
Freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class 9%
Freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class 31%
Freshmen in top 50 percent of high school class 68%
Freshmen in bottom 25 percent of high school class 7%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 92%
Average high school GPA 3.2
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 2.7-3.5

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 91%
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 430-520
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 440-530
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores N/A
Average ACT Composite score N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Composite score breakdown N/A
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT English score breakdown N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math score breakdown N/A