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Posted on September 19, 2017

Enrollment at California University of Pennsylvania rose for the 2017-2018 academic year, reversing a five-year trend. The university’s official “census date” headcount stands at 7,788, an increase of 3.1% compared to fall 2016.

University officials report an increase in both undergraduate and graduate students:

  • Cal U’s overall undergraduate enrollment rose by nearly 1%. 
  • The headcount for graduate students rose by 9.8%, bringing it to the highest level in the University’s history.

In all, Cal U’s 2017-2018 student population includes 5,557 undergraduates and 2,231 graduate students.

Campuswide effort

University officials credit the enrollment increase to a variety of factors, including career-focused academic programs that appeal to recent high school graduates, nontraditional students and working adults.

“There is no single reason for our enrollment gains, but I certainly would attribute this good news to hard work on the part of our staff and faculty,” says Dr. Bruce Barnhart, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs.

“We’ve made changes beginning with our initial outreach to prospective students and continuing through every step of the admissions and financial aid awarding process. But we don’t stop there.

“We keep in close touch with students throughout their college experience and provide the support they need on their way to earning a degree.”

Choose Cal U

For 13 consecutive years The Princeton Review has recognized California University of Pennsylvania as one of the best colleges in the northeastern United States.

It’s also a great value: LendEDU’s 2017 Student Loan Debt by School by State lists Cal U among the top 10 schools that leave the average student loan borrower with the least educational debt.

In all, Cal U offers more than 200 associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral and certificate programs in science and technology, education and human services, liberal arts, and professional studies.

Learn more about Cal U’s programs

NOTE: This page was updated 9/20/17 to remove inaccurate information.