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Pennsylvania Western University

California, Pennsylvania
  • Public
    4 year
  • 8,122
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:17
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 0%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $15.1K
    Avg. Financial Aid
PennWest University brings together California, Clarion, and Edinboro universities into a single institution with three vibrant locations, plus our global online division. We are building on the strengths and traditions of each campus, and planning for a future as bold and bright as the students we serve. Our campuses have 165 years of tradition and excellence, maintaining our identifies as the Vulcans, Golden Eagles, and Fighting Scots. No matter which PennWest campus you choose, you’ll be welcomed into a diverse, inclusive community of learners. Leadership and service opportunities, athletics, cultural activities, recreation, student-led clubs and more — it all adds up to a vibrant college experience in a place where you belong.
Over 16,000 courses transfer into Pennsylvania Western University
Students walking across Edinboro's campus.
Aerial view of the Edinboro campus with colorful autumn trees.
Students enjoying the California campus.
Clarion nursing student.
Old Main at California.
Clarion campus.
California, Clarion and Edinboro.


Founded 2022
Total Faculty 611
Full-Time Undergraduate 6,984
Part-Time Undergraduate 1,138
Application Acceptance Rate 93%
Transfer Students 531
Programs 514 Programs
Courses 2,731 Courses
Equivalencies 16,393 incoming Equivalencies
149 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $7,716
Out-of-State Tuition $11,574
Books and Supplies $1,240
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 74%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $6,739
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 58%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $8,318
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid:
    PennWest understands the financial burden of pursuing a college degree. That's why we're dedicated to making sure it's your most valuable investment. Each year, we award $19 million in scholarships to aid our students. In addition to need-based aid, transfer students are eligible for a scholarship of $1500-$2000 per year, based on their cumulative GPA from previous college(s) attended.
  • Tuition and Fees:

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    PennWest accepts transfer students for the Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter terms.

Application Deadlines for Transfer

Rolling admission

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    Most programs require a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.00
  • Official Transcripts:
    Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, are required. High school transcripts required for students with less than 12 earned college credits, and all Nursing applicants.
  • SAT Scores:
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Encouraged but not required
  • Essay:
    Encouraged but not required
  • Application Fee:
    $35 or fee waiver
  • Interview:
    Not required
  • Associates Degree Required:
    Not required
  • Request More Information:
  • Apply Here:

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    D grades accepted, but some academic programs may require such courses to be repeated to earn a higher grade, particularly when required in the major.
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    There is no minimum number of credits required to transfer to PennWest. There is no maximum number of credits that will be accepted, with the exception of the graduation residency requirement:
  • Transfer Policy Document:

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Pennsylvania Western University

250 University Avenue
California, Pennsylvania 15419
United States
Main Phone:
(724) 938-4000
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PennWest students have access to more courses, more faculty and more hands-on learning opportunities than ever before, including classes delivered in-person, blended, or online.


Transfer Admission Contact:
Amanda Miller
Acting Manager, California Admissions Lead, Undergraduate Admissions
Transfer Services Contact:
Kaylee Gmutza
Assistant Registrar, Articulation & Transfer, Office of the Registrar
International Admissions Contact:
Meighan Lloyd
Assistant Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions
Veterans Services Contact:
Cory Shay
Director Military and Veteran Success, Academic and Student Success

Branch Campuses/Additional Locations

PennWest Clarion - Somerset
Founders Hall, Somerset Education Center, 6022 Glades Pike
Somerset, PA 15501
Last updated on 5/13/2024 by Pennsylvania Western University.