California University of Pennsylvania

California, PA

California University of Pennsylvania

California, PA

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California University of Pennsylvania focuses on higher education that molds graduates for high-impact careers. Our special mission in science and technology and our commitment to community service prepare Cal U graduates to blaze through the challenges of the workplaces of tomorrow.

Whether you study on our beautiful riverside campus or online, your education begins with a solid academic foundation. Located south of Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s most innovative regions, Cal U offers over 100 undergraduate programs of study and more than 90 graduate and professional degree programs, plus professional certificates and licensures.

In touch with the workplace
Cal U’s expert professors monitor workforce needs and develop new programs in high-demand fields. Many of Cal U’s academic programs are accredited by national agencies—assurance that Cal U programs meet the highest standards for excellence. And most academic programs include hands-on activities, fieldwork, clinical practice, or meaningful research, so you can begin building your résumé even before graduation.

Affordable education
As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Cal U is your best value for higher education. Every applicant who submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is considered for financial assistance. Cal U provides need-based aid to 74% of undergraduate students. The Financial Aid Office will create a personalized financial aid package to suit your specific situation.

California University is committed to assisting our transfer students as they forge their future. College credit is generously awarded for prior coursework, and previously earned certifications or other on-the-job learning may shorten your time to graduation. For a courtesy transfer credit evaluation, complete the request form at

About Our Transfer Process
Transfer students make up more than one-third of Cal U’s new student class each year. Our goal is to ensure you receive a fair and timely assessment of all your credits. Cal U evaluates credits from schools if you've earned a grade of D or better. Pennsylvania’s statewide transfer system guarantees your credits will transfer from Pennsylvania community colleges, Lackawanna College, or one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System schools. We also review military credits, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), as well as CLEP, DANTES, AP Tests, and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Cal U helps transfer students make important changes easy and seamless. Let us help you make your move.

Additional Cal U Resources
• 70% of Cal U transfer students are commuters. Feel at home on campus with dedicated spaces and take advantage of the great University amenities.

• The Center for Undergraduate Research promotes inquiry in all fields of study. Dig into a topic that fascinates you, then show off your discoveries at the Center’s annual conference.

• The Office of Academic Success is a one-stop center that helps students thrive. Cal U also offers the Four-Year Grad Plan to help students graduate on time. Get help with scheduling, connect with a Peer Mentor, or build academic skills at the STEM Lab, Reading Clinic, or Writing Center.

• The Career and Professional Development Center helps you choose a major and gain experience through job shadowing, paid co-ops, and internships. Learn to create a winning résumé, build a personal brand, connect with employers, and launch your career.



Named one of the Best Colleges in the Northeast (for 17 consecutive years) | The Princeton Review


Named a College of Distinction in many areas including: Business, Education, Engineering, Equity and Inclusion, Career Development, Public Colleges, and in the state of Pennsylvania.


Best Online Programs, Bachelor's Degree Programs | U.S. News & World Report


Designated a Military Friendly School by

Cal U At A Glance

LOCATION: California, Pennsylvania; about 35 miles from Pittsburgh

CAMPUS SIZE: 294 acres between the main campus, Roadman Park complex, and SAI Farm

ENROLLMENT: 4,785 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students. Our most recent class is 56% female and 44% male; 19.6% of Cal U students represent minority populations


ACADEMICS: 100+ undergraduate and 90+ graduate programs (75+ online programs)

PROGRAM DELIVERY: On-campus classes or Cal U Global Online

UNIVERSITY HOUSING: Six main campus residence halls and Vulcan Village apartments

ATHLETICS: 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams (eight for men, 10 for women)

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS: 100+ devoted to academic interests, the arts, campus communities, communications, student leadership, faith and religion, politics, volunteering, sports and recreation, and more

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