Undergraduate Students at PennWest California

Undergraduate Students at PennWest California

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With more than 6,400 undergraduate students, PennWest California is small enough to feel like family but large enough for variety and diversity.  

Whether you're going to be a first-time freshman, are transferring from another school, or want to take classes while you're still in high school, pursuing a PennWest California education is a great investment in your future.

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Undergraduate Academic Programs


From anthropology to technology, you can choose from more than 100 undergraduate programs of study that are designed to prepare you for a rewarding career. Whether you're interested in an associate degree, bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate, you're sure to find a great academic fit at PennWest California.

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Undergraduate Admissions Process


Are you ready to embark on your PennWest California journey? We'll walk you step by step through the admissions process. PennWest California accepts applications on a rolling basis, which means it's always a great time to apply!

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Alumni Success


What can you do with a PennWest California degree? Anything you put your mind to! With over 53,000 living alumni, PennWest California graduates can be found thriving in all kinds of amazing careers across the country and around the globe.  

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Experience PennWest California


The best way to get to know PennWest California is to visit and experience our campus. Tell us you're coming and we'll set up a tour, show you around and spend plenty of time with you and your family to answer all of your questions. There are plenty of events to attend, so you can immerse yourself in the full PennWest California experience.

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Life at PennWest California


Learn. Grow. Have fun. At PennWest California, you'll discover a world of enrichment beyond the classroom. We offer best-in-class student housing, over 100 student clubs and organizations, countless volunteer opportunities, exceptional sports and recreation facilities, and so much more.

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Costs and Aid


PennWest California offers you the best value for an excellent college education, along with many options for financial aid to help you manage your costs. In fact, 98% of first-time freshman received financial aid, and 76% of them received scholarships in 2016-2017.

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High School Early Admit


Earn college credits while you're still in high school. PennWest California's High School Early Admit program gives you a head start on your college education, helps you stand out on your college applications, and gives you the opportunity to explore your academic interests.

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Undergraduate Research


Enhance your knowledge. Explore fascinating questions. Build critical- thinking skills. At PennWest California, you'll get to work with expert professors to develop new research, scholarship and creative projects.

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Information for Parents


PennWest California is deeply committed to every student's success, and we know that parents often play a key role in helping our students achieve their best. We strive to partner with parents and families, so that together we can provide students with the support they need. We invite parents and family members of students to become active members of the PennWest California community, and we offer a wealth of resources to keep you informed and engaged.

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