Application for Admission

Application Information

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This application is intended for new Freshman and Transfer Students interested in applying to California University of Pennsylvania.  Please carefully read the instructions below and click the link at the bottom of the page to begin completing the application.

If you are an International Student, please click the following link to download and print the International Application:

If you are interested in applying as a Continuing Education or Visiting student, please click the following link:

If you are interested in applying to a Graduate Program, please click the following link to be directed to the Graduate Application:

Last updated: 11/12/2015 7:11AM PST

Complete this application for undergraduate admission as your first step to enrolling at Cal U. When you have finished filling out the application, click 'SUBMIT' button located to the far left of any application screen.


If you are seeking to enroll in undergraduate studies, you must provide the following:

  • This online application for admission
  • A nonrefundable $25 application fee payable to California University of Pennsylvania
  • An official high school transcript and, if applicable, a copy of a GED certificate and scores
  • Official SAT or ACT score(s) from an official testing source or on an official high school transcript
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • A personal essay (optional)

You will be considered for admission to Cal U after careful review of your high school record, class rank, academic coursework and SAT/ACT scores. Attention is given to personal essay, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation, if submitted.

Transfer Students

Your application for transfer admission consideration must be accompanied by the following:

  • This online application for admission
  • A nonrefundable $25 application fee payable to California University of Pennsylvania
  • An official high school transcript and, if applicable, GED certificate and scores (this requirement is waived for students who hold associate or higher degrees)
  • Official copy of your SAT or ACT scores (this requirement may be waived for those two years out of high school)
  • Students must declare on the application and request that official transcripts be submitted to the Office of Admissions from all postsecondary institutions attended at the time of acceptance. Students will not be granted transfer credits from other institutions after acceptance.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • A personal essay (optional)

Transfer student admission decisions are made primarily on the basis of college-level academic performance.

International Students

If you are an international student, please do not complete this form. Instead, contact Admissions for an international student application or print a PDF application online at

Additional Departmental Requirements

Some departments require additional information beyond that described above.

  • Commercial Music Technology: Students must test and audition for admission into the Commercial Music Technology Program.

  • Education and Nursing: These majors have higher GPA requirements for program admission. Students who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for admission to another major and this will be communicated to you by an admissions counselor.

  • Education: Transfer students must meet the GPA for Education Admissions Matrix.

  • Nursing: All nursing applicants must begin the program during the fall semester. Due to limited capacity and the high interest in the nursing major, this program is highly selective. We encourage students to apply early in order to maximize consideration for admission.

Fee Waiver

You will need to ask your guidance counselor to send an application fee waiver to the admissions office. The application fee waiver must include your first and last name. We will also send you a follow up communication that the application fee or waiver is due to support your application.

Your guidance counselor may use one of the options listed below.

Mail to the Admissions Office address:
California University of PA
250 University Ave
Campus Box 94
California, PA 15419


Fax to (724) 938-4564


E-mail to:

Annual Security Report
Fire Safety Report

California University is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual crime statistics security report and the fire safety and on-campus student housing report are available at

The annual safety and security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by California University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. These reports also include institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety awareness, inclusive of policies concerning sexual assault.

To obtain a copy of the annual crime statistics security report and the fire safety and on-campus student housing report, please contact:

California University Police
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419
Telphone: (724) 938-4299
Fax: (724) 938-5704

Thank you for your interest and applying to Cal U!


Contact Us

California University of Pennsylvania
Office of Admissions
250 University Avenue
California, PA  15419

In-state telephone: (724) 938-4404
Out-of-state telephone: (888) 412-0479
Fax number: (724) 938-4564


To complete this online application, type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be reentered prior to submittal.

Once you have completed the application, click the SUBMIT button located on the left column to submit the application.

Click here if you have any technical questions or need assistance with this online application.

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