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California University of Pennsylvania

California, PA

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About This Campus

Located in the Laurel Highlands foothills of tree-blanketed southwestern Pennsylvania, California University rests on the banks of the Monongahela River in a peaceful rural college town setting. NSE students have access to outdoor recreation activities, including nationally recognized Ohio Pyle State Park and also to the city of Pittsburgh, often ranked a most liveable city in America by national publications. NSE students are personally provided with opportunities to experience the variety the region presents. The university was founded in 1852 and presently focuses on taking an active role in the resurgence of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. All residence halls have been newly constructed with climate controlled apartment-style design. Other extensive new construction includes academic buildings and recreational facilities. A 180 acre recreation complex is also readily available to students.

Location Information

California University of Pennsylvania is located 35 miles south of Pittsburgh in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Helpful Information

Computer Science courses may be limited. Legal Studies courses may be limited. Course pre-requisites may be required.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | California
Population | 6,466
Enrollment | 9,869
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/14
Spring | 01/21-05/09

Campus Diversity

White | 80%
Black | 7%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 8%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing and all online and graduate programs are closed to NSE students.

ACCESS TO ALL 100 or 200 LEVEL COURSES IS LIMITED. Computer Science courses may be limited. Legal Studies courses may be limited.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Technology Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Golf Course Management
  • Sports Management
  • Music Technology

Unique Academic Programs

  • Technology Education
  • Professional Golf Management

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Graphics
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Digital Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Fine Art
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Painting
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Technology Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Toxicology
  • Visual Arts


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 5.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 09/18/20.
  • Estimated cost: $5452.40.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18 ($322 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($322 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/18/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $5 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Student health insurance is required - medical evacuation & repatriation benefits must be included. University does not offer a student health insurance plan.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003316

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/18/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 26% living on campus
  • Double: $5093 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $375
  • Proximity to campus: 2
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
No limit for on-campus, suite-style housing for NSE students if deadline for submission of housing/meal contract and $200 deposit is met. Nearby off-campus suite-style university affiliated apartment complex (www.vulcanvillage.com) available including free shuttle to campus - recommended for upperclassmen. Cost $3,375 per semester / no meal plan required/included.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1797 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1876 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $1711 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan is required for on-campus housing - cost included in $5,043 on-campus room & meals cost. Meal plans available to off-campus residents.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/18/20.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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