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Specific Admission Requirements

Freshmen

Students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time are considered new freshmen. All students in this classification must submit the materials included in items 1-4 listed under General Admission Requirements.

Transfers

Students seeking to transfer to California University from another postsecondary institution must submit the materials included in items 1-5 listed under General Admission Requirements. Students must declare on the application and request that official transcripts be submitted to the Office of Admissions from all high schools and postsecondary institutions attended at the time of acceptance. Students will not be granted transfer credits from other institutions after acceptance. If a degree has not been earned beyond high school, applicants must also submit high school transcripts, including the results of all standardized test scores. The awarding of an associate degree is considered to have satisfied the high school graduation requirement.

Students seeking to transfer to California University must be in good academic and social standing at the last institution attended in order to qualify for admission. In cases where students have been out of school for at least one semester, special consideration may be given. See the Transfer Student Policies for more information on transfer credits. Students can apply online at www.calu.edu.

Early Admission for High School Students

High school students may be eligible for early admission to California University through the Office of Continuing Education, provided the following requirements have been met:

  1. The student must submit a completed application and pay the application fee.
  2. The applicant must have completed the sophomore year of high school and be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum.
  3. An early admission authorization form must be completed with all necessary signatures affixed.
  4. The student's official high school transcript must be submitted and reflect a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for the past two years. (For upcoming juniors, ninth- and 10th-grade averages will be used.)
  5. The applicant must have taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT examination and scored at least the University required minimum.  Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 724-938-5840 for the current requirements.
  6. The student's status will be classified as non-degree for each session while still in high school.
  7. The student must submit an authorization form for each session that enrollment at California University is desired.
  8. If a student desires to attend Cal U upon graduation, he/she must apply by submitting an application and final high school transcript.  A second application fee is not required.

Graduates of California University

Post associate and post-baccalaureate students who graduated from California University and are seeking an additional degree must reapply to the Admissions Office.

Other Post-baccalaureate Students

Students who graduated from another institution and want to enroll in undergraduate programs at California University must submit a completed application, application fee and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

International Students

International students are required to submit an international student application form to California University. All official transcripts, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, a statement of financial support and letters of recommendation must be submitted. All credentials presented in support of an application for admission become the property of the University and cannot be returned to the student. Assuming that all records indicate that international students could be successful, final admission is contingent upon acceptable clearance from the education authorities of the home country and from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Applicants from foreign countries must have competency in the use of English as demonstrated through the TOEFL examination. The minimum TOEFL score is 500 on the paper version, 173 on the computerized version or 61 on the Internet-based version. International students must subscribe to the insurance plan of California University. For identification purposes, international students can obtain a United States Social Security number.

Visiting Students

Students who wish to enroll at California University with the expectation of transferring credits to their home institution and do not wish to receive a degree from California University are classified as visiting students. An application with application fee must be submitted. Admission is granted for the approved semester only. Fall/spring visiting students must submit an official current college transcript.  For more information regarding fall/spring visiting students, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 724-938-4491.  However, for summer visiting students, official transcripts are not required. Students just need to complete the application and pay the $25 application fee. For more information, contact the assistant registrar, Kathy Gavazzi, at 724-938-5962.

Nondegree Students

Students may take courses at California University without being a candidate for a degree. Nondegree students must submit a completed application, application fee and all appropriate official transcripts to the Office of Continuing Education. Tuition and fees are the same as for degree seeking students. Students may complete up to 30 credits in a non-degree-seeking status. After reaching 30 credits, students must either declare a major or indicate in writing that they do not plan to pursue a degree at California University.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 724-938-4491.

Veterans

Veterans of the United States armed forces who have not attended an institution of higher education since their honorable discharge are admitted to California University upon following the general admission procedures. Veterans may be awarded credit for their military training and military schools. All veterans, reservists and National Guard members who have been honorably discharged may be eligible for credits.  Each veteran or reservist seeking such an award must submit a copy of DD 214 to the director of Veterans Affairs. Military personnel are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation.  Evaluations are conducted based on the latest American Council of Education Guides.  For more information regarding military transcripts, contact the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation at 724-938-5939. 

Active Military

Military personnel are encouraged to submit their transcripts to the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation. Evaluations are conducted based on the latest American Council of Education Guides. For more information regarding military transcripts, contact the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation at 724-938-5939.