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Listed among the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, California University of Pennsylvania is one of the Commonwealth's most affordable options for hgher education.

Here's everything you need to know about Cal U.

Location: California Borough (pop. about 6,800), in rural southwestern Pennsylvania; about 35 miles from Pittsburgh

Founded: 1852

Description: Mid-size, state-owned university; one of 14 schools in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

Total enrollment: 7,788 (5,557 undergraduates, 2,231 graduate students; 2017-2018 fall headcount)

Undergraduate Population: female, 55%; male, 45%; Race/ethnicity: white, 78%; black, 11%; Hispanic/Latino, 3%; other (includes two or more races), 11% (2015-2016)

Campus size: 294 acres (98 acres, main campus; 196 acres, upper campus)

Buildings: 40

Colleges: The College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts, the Eberly College of Science and Technology (all undergraduate), School of Graduate Studies and Research

Academic offerings: 100+ undergraduate majors/concentrations, 100+ graduate programs of study; also University Honors Program, Career and Professional Development Center, Internship Center, study-abroad options, academic support services, Center for Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate tuition: $7,492 per year (2017-2018, full-time Pennsylvania resident)

Housing: $6,592 (average; costs vary depending on the room-type selected)

Dining: $3,594 (based on 14-meal plan; costs vary depending on meal plan selected) 

Average cost of attendance: $20,826.80

Total faculty/staff: 391 faculty; 420 staff;

Faculty/student ratio: 19:1

Athletics: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), NCAA Division II

Varsity teams: 16 (7 men's, 9 women's)

Mascot: The Vulcan

School colors: Red and black

Clubs/organizations: More than 100 (Including 16 NCAA Division II Teams);


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