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Called one of the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, California University of Pennsylvania offers private school Photo of a female student making a snow angelamenities at a public school cost.

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 the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)

Total enrollment: 7,978 (6,076 undergraduates, 1,902 graduate students; 2014-15 academic year)

Undergraduate Population: female, 55%; male, 45%; Race/ethnicity: white, 78%; black, 8%; Hispanic/Latino, 2%; other (includes two or more races), 12% (2013-14)

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: 130 undergraduate majors/concentrations, 35 graduate programs; also University Honors Program, Career Services, Internship Center, study-abroad options, academic support services

Undergraduate tuition: $3,530 per semester (2015-16, Pennsylvania resident)

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

Dining: $3,494 (based on 14-meal plan; costs vary depending on meal plan selected) 

Average cost of attendance: $20,021.60

Total faculty/staff: 420 faculty; 540 staff; nearly 81 percent of faculty have doctorate or other terminal degree

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);