California, PA
California University of Pennsylvania


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Recent Reviews

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

At Calu, it’s the perfect small-town campus. The dorms are top notch, with each room having its own private bathroom which is...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

At Calu, it’s the perfect small-town campus. The dorms are top notch, with each room having its own private bathroom which is a huge plus. Even though there’s nothing to do around the area, The extracurricular activities on campus pretty much make up for it.

Mecca
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It’s a great school to further your education. The campus is beautiful and students are always ready to learn. The only down ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It’s a great school to further your education. The campus is beautiful and students are always ready to learn. The only down falls are there are not many extracurricular activities, and places to enjoy yourself when you’re not doing homework or studying.

Jacquelyn
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I love cal u, very friendly staff, not to huge of a campus. The staff there when I visted and toured the campus were very fri...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love cal u, very friendly staff, not to huge of a campus. The staff there when I visted and toured the campus were very friendly, talked me through everything. The campus is a really good size and the class sizes aren’t that big so you can still have like a 20:1 student teacher ratio.

Julie
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As someone who values my education I would not recommend this University to anyone. The faculty are not willing to go out of...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

As someone who values my education I would not recommend this University to anyone. The faculty are not willing to go out of their way to help students. Honestly I don't know how half of the faculty managed to get a job at a University, most just read word for word off powerpoints without adding any original content. The chemistry department is a JOKE. DO NOT take chem here, take it at a community college instead if you want any chance of succeeding. The parking garage was closed for half of the 3 years I spent there, with no effort to fix it. The food will make you horribly sick, it took me most of the semester to adjust to the food, then by the time I did it was time to go home for break and the cycle began again during the next semester. Just don't.

Stephen
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California University is a great college for the area. It's in a small town so you don't have to worry about city driving or ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California University is a great college for the area. It's in a small town so you don't have to worry about city driving or getting lost. All the professors go above and beyond to help students make the most out of their college education. My biggest complaint has to be the student parking lot. You have to drive over railroad tracks to park there and if a train is coming through town; then traffic does back up badly and could potentially make you late to class. Not to mention there are no security cameras down at the parking lot, so you better hope nobody hits your car and runs.

Hannah
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California University of PA is a great school. The program I am in is set up perfectly for my day to day life and fits into m...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California University of PA is a great school. The program I am in is set up perfectly for my day to day life and fits into my schedule seamlessly. The professors in my program are amazing, they are extremely knowledgeable and passionate in the subject. They are always willing t help and keep me on track towards my goals. Overall its just an amazing school and program.

Sheila
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Overall, I love Cal U. The profs are generally fantastic, there are enough clubs and extracurricular activities to keep anyon...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, I love Cal U. The profs are generally fantastic, there are enough clubs and extracurricular activities to keep anyone busy and there are plenty of resources available for any type of help you may need. The food used to be good, however, the quality has gone downhill.

Jessica
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The campus is beautiful, not too big but that just means there's less walking to be done. The staff and students are friendly...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus is beautiful, not too big but that just means there's less walking to be done. The staff and students are friendly and the professors do their job and have fun with it at the same time. The best part is definitely being able to hang out with your peers. If you're anything like me, you should know that college is a completely fresh start. Clubs are easy to join, and everyone is friendly and civil and easy to talk to.

Christopher
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It is worth noting that all students who attend and the staff who work at California University of Pennsylvania address their...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is worth noting that all students who attend and the staff who work at California University of Pennsylvania address their college with the abbreviation ‘Cal U’. The overall architectural design of the campus focuses on the use of brick and mortar, which gives is a very appealing look during every season of the year. The brick structures show even more grandeur with the presence of the shrubbery and small plains of grass carefully placed and maintained around campus grounds. Despite the town of California, PA not having any recreational locations, Cal U itself holds many activities, such as a movie theater, several sport courts, and a number of game rooms. Cal U values its reputation in academics, but it also recognizes the importance of its students having an active social life during their stay each semester. Natalie Hall contains a food court made of small campus owned restaurants and a cafeteria that is split between two of its three floors. The food offered at the food court is certainly better than the cafeteria food, which relies on a menu cycle that restarts each month and half of the time, the food is reused at least three times in that time span. The limited food options in the cafeteria, can get very stale after about two months, eating roughly the same food choices every week. In each of the campus’ living suites however, they are fitted with all the basic furniture a student could ever need: a bed, a desk, a chair, and two drawers. The campus even provides a personality survey for selecting the type of roommate you wish to share a room with to all of its students each year. The best thing about Cal U is its curriculum, just note some of the professor’s approach to teaching the material to their students. When the professors know what they’re doing, they can really make their point on what their teaching and it sticks with the students better. Cal U has a good balance of liberal and non-liberal arts programs available to its students, although some its liberal arts programs, such as engineering and robotics at the current time have an issue of covering too much material, without really explaining the necessary details. I understand reaching the recommendation mark set by the education board is important, but not by the cost of the background knowledge its students are sorely lacking in. Overall, there are areas that could stand some improvement, but Cal U is honestly the best college I could go to and I do not regret my decision in going there.

Christopher
What is your overall opinion of this school?

California University of PA or Cal U for short is not perfect, but no college is. The board of education decides what the amo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California University of PA or Cal U for short is not perfect, but no college is. The board of education decides what the amount of information for a particular class should be covered in a semester, but it is the professor that chooses how to present this information to their class and some of the teachers at Cal U, most notably in the engineering department are a pit lack-luster. However, this does not take aware from the fact that the students had indeed learned something from their respective classes. It has a thriving and friendly social community, making its students argue less and find a way to compromise. Despite that fact the cafeteria has a different range of food selections out of the month, one cannot help but notice how repetitive the menu can seem at times, but this can be over looked by how good the food takes. Finally the on-campus housing options are excellent, each room provides all of necessary essentials, so the students do not have to pack basic furniture such as a bed, drawers or a desk.

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  • Enrollment
  • 5,522
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $10,339
  • Acceptance rate
  • 96%

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