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  • 09/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 1 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a relaxed atmosphere. People who do not want to be too far or close to the city. Great for people who are ready to work hard and succeed. Cal U is a great place for anyone that wants to accept the schools values and have the best four years of their life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared. This is college now, if your not used to lots of people be ready for some culture shock. But remember everyone else is going through the same thing you are. College is fast paced. There is going to be more work, harder tests, lots of reading, and many new concepts thrown at you even in the first few weeks of school. Remember to try to enter with an open mind and that your professors are always there to help you. Don't be scared and have some fun. While college can be scary at first, coming in with an open mind will really help you make the transition. Sometimes college can seem overwhelming in those first few days or weeks but you will get through it with support from friends, family, and professors. Do not forget to lean on the people who can help you, no one can go at it alone.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get you monies worth here. At Cal U you can really see your money being put into action. With the new dorms, which are some of the best I Have ever seen, the brand new gym, scheduled to open this school year, or the parking high rise and convocation center that are currently in construction. Anywhere you look at Cal you can see you money being put to work.

    Am enjoying being here

    One word comes to mind when describing my feeling of being here at Cal U-Love. It is tucked in a rural area of western P.A., far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, but close enough to Pittsburgh for a weekend visit. California University of P.A. has a beautiful campus that is complimented by a nice small town where there is always something going on. The people at this school are always very friendly and making friends here is one of the easiest things to do, just make sure you remember to study!

    Am learning a lot

    At California University of P.A. you will come across many professors that push you to not only learn but understand what you are learning and apply it in your everyday life. Cal U professors are among the best I have ever come across and seem to truly care about their students and there individual success.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who like to be involved in clubs/organizations, this will keep you occupied. If you're not one of those types of people you will probably find yourself bored. Those who have the motivation and desire to learn. This is college, the professors aren't going to push you every step of the way to complete homework, go to class. etc. Those who like meeting new people from many locations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose the best meal plan that fits you and your lifestyle, you don't want to be wasting money on meals you aren't using. Definitely look into scholarships, it's worth a shot and it's free money. What more could you ask for? Consider what type of living arrangement you want. Cal offers many types, some are more expensive than others. Don't try to live above your means or what you are comfortable with.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is excellent compared to other schools I was comparing. You definitely get your moneys worth in paying for a dorm. When choosing a meal plan consider how many meals you think you will eat each day.

    Am enjoying being here

    People are really friendly on campus, and though there isn't much in town, there are plenty of clubs to be involved with. Also, the Student Activities Board comes up with activities and people who visit the campus to perform. We've had many comedians visit campus including Bob Saget. The gym is also another way to keep busy if you're worried about being bored. The campus is absolutely beautiful. Sometimes the food in the Gold Rush dining area could be better, but the Student Union offers other food options.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any Gen Ed's, you can expect some repetition from information you learned in high school. You can definitely expect to be exposed to new information, ideas, and opinions at Cal. The teachers in upper level classes are challenging but they are always willing to talk and answer any questions you have.

  • 08/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want a hometown type campus feel with a big city education Cal U is your school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your SAT and ACT scores seriously. If you do well on these test half of your battle is won if you chose this school.

    Bang for the buck

    I think of the Colleges in PA that compare to Cal U you are definitely getting what you paid for with Cal U and some.

    Am enjoying being here

    California is a small town and the campus does not have much around it. So there is not a lot to do here, but if you are into sports you will have a good time.

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum is good. The school does not just want to build a good student, but your character as well.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety is constantly circling around the campus. They are available whenever by just calling them. Their constant patrolling makes the campus feel safe.

    Greek Life

    There are social sororities and fraternities on campus, as well as service fraternities and academic fraternities for some majors. Greek life is one way to find a way to fit in with a group of people and a way to get more involved not just on campus but in an organization such as the national kidney foundation, or the Alzheimer's foundation. there are 5 sororities on campus and 5 or 6 fraternities. Each have a philanthropy and have their own rituals that they do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for any interest on campus. There are over 150 majors on campus and over 200 clubs and organizations on campus. There is a place for anyone to find themselves and where they belong here on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    I think Cal U is great for any type of student. If you're not a really good student there are tutors available on campus, the professors for your classes are always reach able, there is a writing center, and math lab to help improve writing skills and help in math classes. For advanced students, Cal U has a lot of opportunities to expand your resume and find internships in order to see if the major chosen is what's right for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students used to put bagels on this one statue's finger. Another tradition, which is suppose to give luck is hitting the Vulcan's hammer on the statue outside of Herron Fitness Center. Neat locations on campus are the fountains, the one by Noss, and the convocation center, the courtyard behind old main and the quad, where there is turf instead of grass.

    Bang for the buck

    Cal U is an affordable university because it is part of the state system school chain in Pennsylvania. And they help give you as much financial aid as you qualify for which helps a lot when you're like me and struggling to pay for college.

    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater on campus showing current movies, and there are always events going on whether they are on campus or off campus. Students buy tickets for events in Pittsburgh and Cal u will have a bus available to take students downtown, and bring them back. Student Activities Board brings comedians in on Friday nights, and seminars and events. Usually every night of the week something is going on somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Cal U is a huge variety. Wraps are a big thing on our campus, people love eating wraps either grilled, or cold wrapped. But you can get burgers and fries if that's just what your craving too. There is an area by the gym which is strictly healthy foods. Finally the cafeteria which offers four different bars to eat at giving a large variety of different kinds of foods you may want. I enjoy eating there because of the variety. One of the other great places to go is flatz, which is like a convenience store on campus. I love eating at all the different places, and grabbing a cup of coffee in the morning at the coffee shop on campus. I think the food is great, and whatever I'm craving I usually am able to get it, no matter the time.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms during my first year on campus. I met some of my best friends living on my floor. It was exciting to meet new people. The dorms felt more like apartments with our own bathrooms and windows. My roommate and I got along really well. I spent many nights with my friends hanging out in the lounges where we would have movie nights and make food in the kitchen at three in the morning.

    Academic Rigor

    Some general classes are easy, they sometimes won't challenge you as much as you would like them too, where others do give that challenge. When doing classes for your major I feel that it is difficult, but with the right amount of time given to the work it will not be so bad. It's challenging but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would say treat your Cal card like gold, never lose it because it's how you get into your dorms, it has your meal plan, helps rent books and allows access to events on campus. I would also say, learn where the buildings are and explore the campus. A must is to make time to make friends that way even in a small town, you will never be bored. Take advantage of opportunities on campus, such as leader for life programs, the different clubs, find where you belong and build off of your interests.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus life at California University of Pennsylvania because there are always people all over the campus. There is no limit of what you can get involved in on campus or off campus. The University gives opportunities to their students such as 7 habits of highly effective people training that I think really help prepare students for life after college.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to live in a relatively calm setting that is close enough to a city to go and have fun on the weekends, but not so close that it is distracting to academics could really enjoy it here. Cal isn't about just one thing, be it just academics, or just sports, or just parties. A lot of great things about this school come in equal amounts, which makes it well balanced, so anyone looking for a well rounded experience would find it easy to acclimate to this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus first, I would say that Cal is a small campus in a rural area, and that may not be right for everyone. Talk to people who attend or have attended, ask them questions. If you come here, take the Covey class! It's called the seven habits of highly effective people, and it can be a mind altering class, if you let it be. It's free to everyone, as all the people who teach it are volunteers, so it is a great experience.

    Bang for the buck

    For such a widely known university, Cal U has reasonable tuition. As the parking situation is relatively new though, it may take the campus a while to get it worked out, which is perfectly acceptable. There is always construction going on, which is a great sign for any university. It means that they are constantly upgrading facilities to better serve their students. The residence halls are so nice, not cinder block prison walls with no windows. You get your own bathroom! No community showers. And, you get air conditioning too.

    Will enjoy being here

    Teachers seem to always be willing to dig into their extra time for their students, even those that are extremely busy. Service to the school and the community are both important to the faculty and staff at Cal U, from the grounds keepers to the higher ups in old main. The food at the goldrush and other places around campus is great.

    Will learn a lot

    All of the teachers I've met are friendly and ready to help. The admissions and financial aid staff are patient and listen well if you have a question or do not understand something. Talking with them is like having a conversation with a friend, and the environment is relatively relaxed.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I believe that this is the only factor where the campus lacks a bit in its duties. With new renovations and new campus policies, Cal U appears to still be adjusting. There are no cameras outside of the buildings on campus and the shuttle service to different parking areas is outrageous and potentially dangerous at night. There is a public safety department on campus, but it is not always the most reliable source for help.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities to pick from. Usually during the first few weeks of the semester, these organizations will host a Student Rush Week in order to sign new members.

    Clubs and Activities

    Read above.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who thrive in small classroom environments, one-on-one time to speak to advisors and professors, and those who are in need of accomodations and modifications. This campus consists of many departments such as The Office of Students With Disabilities who help each student find what works for them, if need be. Faculty members in all departments I've experienced have been more than helpful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many sculptural forms across campus along with beautiful brick buildings and a serene and picturesque landscape. In the fall semester, it is common to see students complete homework assignments in the grassy areas, under the big Sycamore trees.

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition costs have gone up for every college student in the state of PA, Cal U is quite reasonable with the costs. It is much less expensive to find an apartment off-campus as housing can be quite pricey.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless activities, events, and activities - all of which are listed in the complementary California University of Pennsylvania daily planner given by the University. Special events are posted in various places around the university - the most common place being the Natali Student Union.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options, including a food court, an all-you-can-eat buffet, coffee shop, hoagie/sub shop, and various sandwhich shops. Most of the food here is very good and there are many options for different types of diets including vegan and vegetarian dietary options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious, clean, and roomy. They are cozy for students and a welcome change from neighboring colleges and universities.

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor and faculty member, with the exception of only a few, works hard to help students acheive and become the best in their chosen field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip for prospective students is to take advantage of all the oppurtunities available at California University including clubs/organizations, honor socieities, student art exhibitions, and athletics.

    In three sentences

    California University of Pennsylvania is a great small, hometown college with many different academic choices. The faculty interaction with the students is unsurpassed and it is more than apparent that everyone involved in your educational journey is there to help you do your best and become the best at what you do. California University, or Cal U, is a superb university for those wishing to instill the values of integrity, civility, and responsibility.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i will forever feel safe and secure in this environment, the safety is something i can depend on here at calu

    Greek Life

    there are plenty of greek live chapters and as well as a few new editions!

    Clubs and Activities

    they are plentiful and amazing! over 200 i believe to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students whose major is available!

    Bang for the buck

    this school has provided me with great friends, opportunities( intership with pepsi, my roommate with google) adventures and memories that i will never forget and it's only my 2nd year. i love it!

    What to do for fun

    there are countless clubs to be involved in and a great greek system. as well as plenty of friends and an activities board( i am a officer) that provides amazing trips, novelties and live shows of all kinds and there is an open mic cafe. i

    Food and Dining

    the food is great for awhile but gets old pretty quick, but the plus side is they are soon remodeling and changing all of that.

    Dorm Life

    the best dorms you probably ever see and or get to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    i believe the academic rigor is tough for people who cannot manage their time well, other than that calu offers a great curriculum

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to go on a visit, i visited several times before going and talk with the academic counselling staff when you do. also if your looking for work, apply for work-study as soon as you get there. p.s get involved!

    In three sentences

    a very rewarding experience for a relatively low cost. a small yet beautiful campus with everything you need relatively close by. a school that does more for you outside of the classroom as well as in.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 62

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Something that is fun to do on campus is being outside when it is nice and hanging out with the different people here. Or, going to sporting events, hanging out and getting food, or going tanning off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is something everyone must have to survive, and at this college campus, you will have no problem finding something you like. They have a range of foods, drinks, and snacks that are open at all different times of the day or night.

    Dorm Life

    The people in my hall are friendly and very out going. They welcome all new people and are fun to have around. Although the walls are thin and you can smell what every one else is cooking, you get to know people better.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here can be challenging but it is still fun because the classes are interactive. Also, if you do not like what you are learning, then it will not be fun to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for any prospective student would be to know what you want to do before you attend here, because if you do not know, then it makes it more difficult to decide.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a beautiful place with friendly people. California University of Pennsylvania has a a campus that is easy to walk around, and get to classes on time. Also, the college is challenging, interactive, and fun.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of CalU public safety that you see on campus keeping us safe.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a relatively laid back and smaller campus this is a great choice for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition for public state schools is going up, CalU is still a lot cheaper than most private schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join on campus. Most students choose to join sororities and fraternities. If you enjoy working out the gym offers plenty of different classes to take. The Student Activities Board hosts several activities a week including comedy shows, concerts, game shows, etc. There are also movies played daily that have not yet been released on DVD.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few different dining options to choose from at Cal. I think they could use a few more places because students get sick of eating the same thing all year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at CalU are really nice. All dorms have a bathroom in them and they're spacious compared to a lot of other schools. The dorms are relatively new and safe to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors that I have had are reasonable and not too harsh with their class work. It depends what level class you are taking, but that is how it is at any university. If you work hard you will get an A in any class.

    In three sentences

    CalU has a lovely smaller size campus and your teachers will get to know you by name. The online program CalU offers is great and is one of the best in the nation. Living on campus is fun and safe.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is not a problem. There are always cops around and you can call for public safety is there is ever a problem. There is a health center on campus also.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for almost every major you can think of. We even have a quidditch team that gets together and gets to express there interest for Harry Potter. You can get involved in anything that interests you!

    Great for these types of students

    Cal is great for students that want one more attention from the professors and don't like huge classes. You get more one on one with the professors and they are always willing to assist you in anyway. I would recommend this school to someone who likes a small town and a smaller school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is very pretty, and always clean. There are two gorgeous fountains around the campus. One lights up different colors and is just beautiful. There are also statues around campus that make it more interesting.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun around Cal dealing with the many events that are always going on at the turf in the middle of the dorms. There are always plays going on in the theatre, and also a movie theatre that has different movies playing at different times. There is a gym open to anyone that wants to go work out and inside the gym is a swimming pool, a track, and two basketball courts.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is delicious, and there are many different options. There is different places throughout the student center such as, a cafeteria/ buffet, a place called Taylor and burnes that sells breakfast sandwiches and coffee, another place that sells different kinds of sandwiches, and a place called flatz that sells about everything you could imagine and is open late for students.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life that I experienced my first year was excellent because there is a bathroom and shower in each room so you don't have to walk down the hallway to a community one. The dorms are pretty much brand new and very big for college dorms. They are not your ideal dorms when you think of college. You have a choice of being in a quad with 3 other people and each quad also has 2 bathrooms and 2 showers within it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic part of the school is not very hard. It is great because there are so many classes that are able to be taken online for students who commute or are involved with sports teams. The schooling is not hard, as long as you get your work done and the professors are always willing to help you if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a small school, but not too small. There isn't much near the campus, but most malls and other fun stuff are approximately 30 minutes way including the city of Pittsburgh.

    In three sentences

    California University of PA is a well known division 2, outgoing, small college that is willing to build relationships with the students attending it. The campus is improving with a new convocation center that was just built in the Fall. Almost every sports team is ranked in their conferences, and are amazing to watch.

  • 06/23/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    They offer amazing residence halls. They also have plenty of things to do in each hall. There is a kitchen, a game room, and a room with a television with plenty of seating. They also have a movie theater, a coffee shop, and a large book/convenience store.

    Will learn a lot

    I have not heard much about the academic aspect of this school. I mostly hear about the residence halls. However, they do offer an honors program with a separate residence hall just for honors students.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 12 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like alot of free time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about if you like to have alot of free time or if you like to get good use of the hours in your day because being at Cal, alot of time is wasted being bored with nothing to do. Also, look at the price & compare to other colleges that you're interested in.

    Bang for the buck

    Cal is too expensive; not worth all the money I paid to be here. Most of the price is in the dorms, which are nice but not worth it. I'm considering transfering to a college where I can get more for my money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful, but there's really nothing to do when you're done with classes. It's actually very boring, this is definitely not the college experience that I expected. Basically, unless you plan on getting wasted every night, you're going to go out of your mind with boredom.

    Am learning a lot

    In high school I was the type of student who got good grades with little effort. Everyone told me that would change when I got to college, but it definitely has not changed. I really haven't learned much at all so far.

  • 10/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People from small towns probably will find this college attractive.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is you classic average sized school. To some it will seem in the middle of nowhere to others it will seem just right. This school doesn't have an extensively wide range of majors so it would help you to have a major in interest while looking at this school. The campus is growing along with the quality of learning.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe I am receiving a respectable education for the cost of tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something fun to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors will push you to learn and help you if you get stuck, but remember this is a university.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety patrol is out every night. you have to slide your cal id to get into the dorms, the gym, and other places.

    Clubs and Activities

    everything to snowboarding club to history club to student voters club. and if there isnt a singe club that interests you it so easy to start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    parks and recreational majors, social work, chemistry, education majors. even if you are still unsure of what you wanna do, calu has career services that will help you find your voice here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we are trying to get the student section in basketball and football games bigger. there is the vulcan in the quad area and you have to hit the hammer when you walk past it, for gook luck!

    Bang for the buck

    if you go to class and take advantage of that calu has to offer, yes! but if you are just going to sit in the dorm, no college or school will give that to you. calu has so many free things and clubs to join. even just taking advantage of the super cool rock wall that you already paid for, or go to the sauna and relax!!

    What to do for fun

    clubs/orgs. theater in the student center sports games rock climbing in the gym!!

    Food and Dining

    4.5 burger place, pizza and fries and chicken. wraps and salads and the buffet of the gold rush.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay in the dorms your first couple of years, it is great being in the middle of campus. get involved! everyone wants you to succeed here, professors want to help!

    In three sentences

    the residence halls are so great and perfect for first time kids away from home. the campus is so friendly and welcoming. there is a wide selection of clubs and organizations!

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 62

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Really not that much, small town not much to do except make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    Although the marketing team for the food and dining is spectacular, the food preparation and service really isn't that great. Many times I chose not to eat at the facilities.

    Dorm Life

    State of the art dorms. Higher up in price but the comfort level is astounding.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes really aren't too hard unless you choose science majors in which case the classes will become for difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know exactly where you plan your academic career instead of staying undecided or on the fence because if not, you might be staying longer than four years.

    In three sentences

    California University of PA is very technologically advanced. They have dedicated teachers and faculty. The cost is lower than most colleges.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    ***** The security was seen driving by and walking around when I visited.

    Clubs and Activities

    ***** seems to have a variety.

    Bang for the buck

    *****

    Food and Dining

    ***** The food tasted good.

    Dorm Life

    ***** I like the rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    ***** excellent what I have seen so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus you won't be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    I like the courses this school provides in the Multimedia Major. I like the campus housing and the cafe food that I have tried has been great. They have a lot of new buildings too.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth your money!

    What to do for fun

    You have many clubs that you can join and they have video games and tv's you can play while on break

    Food and Dining

    Again I commute but the couple of times i bought food from CalU it was very good!

    Dorm Life

    I commute but from what I hear from friends it is not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are really educated in their field and you get the best education money can buy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come visit to see if it is the college for you, because it may not be the college for you. Everyone has different things they are looking for in a college.

    In three sentences

    California is a great school that really surprised. Before i visited I did not see CalU as a good school. But once I visited and saw how kind and nice the people were I instantly new it was the school for me.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Physical Therapy Assistant Program

  • 06/22/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    There aren't a lot of places off campus, like restaurants or hangouts.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to engineering, this school is for you!

    Bang for the buck

    Their RET program is now comparable to CMU's program, but CALU is cheaper.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will enjoy my RET classes and experiencing college life and possibly the marching band.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm considering going to this school to major in robotics engineering technology after I graduate in two years.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you aren't really into the whole city thing, you will really like Cal-U.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus because I'm sure that you will love it.

    Bang for the buck

    Cal-U's price is perfect. I know that I will get exactly what I will pay for and more.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am from a smaller town so Cal-U is the perfect size for me. I like how the buses run into Pittsburgh so I can always go there if I get bored. I also love the set-up of the campus and the dorm rooms are very nice and spacious.

    Will learn a lot

    I really think I will like the academics at this school. I seem to fit right in with what is being taught here and am really considering this school.

  • 08/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 62

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    Great for these types of students

    Cal is great for any student that wants to get a taste of freedom but still wants to feel like they are a part of a family.

    Bang for the buck

    This year tuition and other fees went up. I'm guessing that it's because a new convocation center was being built. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm hoping it is worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus isn't too big or too small; it's just right. There is plenty to do and everyone makes you feel welcome.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are really good with returning emails and answering any questions that you have. I haven't had a lot of homework yet but the work that I have done so far is enough to get me thinking.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 62

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    Great for these types of students

    Those that are not looking for much of a campus life and would rather be studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing really traditional about the campus. They just have a bunch of statues around campus that represent different important people.

    What to do for fun

    NOTHING.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend CalU I advise you to expect issues along the way. The people in charge of records are very disorganized and will mess at least two things up along the way. Also, apply for something they are known for. NOT THEIR NURSING PROGRAM.

    In three sentences

    California University is a great college full of great professors. These professors know you by name, and my biggest class so far has been 45 kids. I love the campus and the environment surrounding CalU.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 62

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    What to do for fun

    there's usually a lot to do for fun during the warmer months but over winter it gets kind of boring.

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of food options and it is all very good!

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are very new and are beautiful. everyone has their own bathroom to themselves. if you keep the door open to your room it's a great way to meet friends!

    Academic Rigor

    it's the perfect balance between challenging and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for a large college this is not the place for you. also it is important to stay on top of your classes and study every day. don't party during the week, save it for the weekends.

    In three sentences

    it is a fun, and very closely knit college. it's in a small town which allows you to make friends easily. an overall great school academically and socially.

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 62

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    Greek Life

    All the fraternities and sororities are nice people. They understand that school work comes first. They will not fail you as long as you don't fail them.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym. Play pool. They have a built in theater where they show movies before they are out on dvd

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is not the greatest. You can only eat once during each time period. The bottled drinks that you see in vending machines go immediately on dine dollars. Sometimes the food is horrible. It is a hit or miss situation

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are very nice. They are fairly big equipped with a bathroom. A good amount of storage space.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be difficult, as long as you study and get the help when you need it, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go there for an education, do not go out and party because you will get caught. Make sure your school work is your first priority.

    In three sentences

    California University of PA is a college with a good sports management program. The advisers are there for you and will make sure you get the help you need. A lot of the times, they will have a good amount to do outside of classes

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 62

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    What to do for fun

    There isn't to much to do yet on the weekends at Cal so it's pretty vital to be social in your dorms or in your major classes. Find a club and meet people so you have friends to hang out with on the weekends or eat with.

    Food and Dining

    You make the food plan what you want. The Gold Rush is said by many to have terrible food but I didn't really think that was the case. They had fresh deli sandwiches, good soups, a fresh salad bar, and large desert bar. You also had plenty of other options with the small, cafe style options. The pizza is crappy, but everything else is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I thought dorm life was amazing while I lived there. If you wanted you could leave your door open and talk with awesome people or you could keep it closed and use your room as a private escape as most of my neighbors were never loud. The RAs were always helpful and willing to assist you in whatever way they could. The events were somewhat lacking but they had gotten better since my freshmen year. Also, the rooms and amazing; much better than you'd find at other smaller colleges. Hotel like rooms and private bathrooms were a real luxury and I loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not in an academically focused major, however I do know others in majors such as Biology, Bio-chem, and Tech Ed and they find their course work very challenging in the upper levels. As long as you look for it you will find challenging and rewarding courses.

    In three sentences

    Cal is a great small to medium sized college. I am currently in the graphic design program and I honestly couldn't be happier anywhere else. Our campus may be small, but our student body is amazing and you'll always find someone to mesh with.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very nice LGBT community Teachers People that already live in the area

    Bang for the buck

    Really great school if you want to be a teacher.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't much unless you have a car. Make sure to check in the student union often though because they show great movies for free.

    Food and Dining

    There were a lot of options for food when I went there but they wouldn't let you have certain drinks in some of the shops using your meal card. Not very vegan or lactose intolerant friendly!

    Dorm Life

    I commuted but I had friends that lived in both the regular dorms and the nice apartments. They were all very nice. Some of the dorms had their own showers so you only had to share with your roommates not the whole floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I was really bored in most of my classes. I probably should have tried to get into honors classes so I wouldn't be so bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    I was told things that weren't true when I applied. It kind of messed up my scheduling and if they had just told me the truth I would have waited a year before starting. If you want to learn Arabic the professor they have is AMAZING!

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 62

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    Greek Life

    I went Greek in my undergrad and I can tell you that the Phi Sigma Sigma women at Cal U are amazing!

    Great for these types of students

    The Global Online program is great for professionals who want to pursue a Masters degree through a distance learning program while still working full or part time. The professors are also working professionals so they understand that you have other priorities other than school and will work with you if extraordinary circumstances arise.

    Bang for the buck

    I absolutely think I'm getting what I pay for and more.

    What to do for fun

    I live off campus in Virginia so I'm not sure what is available on campus but I can tell you to get involved with whatever you can. It is great to be well rounded academically but employers also look at your involvement in clubs and volunteering because it helps you develop other skills that you can't get in the classroom.

    Food and Dining

    I live off campus in Virginia so I don't know what the food and dining is like.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I don't know what dorm life is like.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are tough but you learn so much because you are challenging yourself. If you aren't pushed, you won't learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus and talk to professors about the program you are interested in. If you are pursuing the Global Online program, get to know your advisor and email regularly with your professors so you can get the help you need when you need it.

    In three sentences

    Cal U is a fantastic school. The Global Online program is rated one of the best in the country. You will definitely get more for your money at Cal U.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Underground Cafe'

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting involved in the activities on campus can really help a first time student and their development as an adult.

    In three sentences

    This is a great College! The small and friendly environment is for the student who isn't exactly ready to take on a City-wide Campus. Perfect just for me!

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    best thing I did on campus was getting involved. I play on the women's rugby team and now I have more sisters than I could ever imagine!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touching the giant vulcan statue for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, sports or academic. Use the Vulcan movie theater. The SAB activities are really cool too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good if your open-minded.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Good size. Great for meeting new people. Great Location

    Tips for prospective students

    Give it a chance. It is a beautiful campus and really offers a lot.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt like my life was in danger on CalU's campus. Recently we've had some safety issues, but they were always dealt with accordingly and I've always felt safe and secure.

    Greek Life

    I can't say too much about greek life because I don't participate in it, but I do know that CalU offers a number of fraternities and sororities that my friends have joined and they all seem to enjoy them.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities on CalU's campus are amazing. They offer fun things to do that normally cost a lot of money either for free or for a small fee.

    Great for these types of students

    CalU is great for laid-back students that are looking for that small time college experience. While the coursework does require work, the feel of the campus is laid-back and very small town. CalU is good for students who don't want the fast paced, hustle and bustle of a city school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something that I've found out of the ordinary at CalU is that there are many, many places for students to congregate and just hang out in-between classes. Most students don't just run back to their rooms or residence halls after class, they hang out in their departments.

    Bang for the buck

    CalU has raised it's prices over the years I've been there. Though in the end prices are rising everywhere. I think I get a decent educations for the money I'm spending.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in something. The clubs and organizations at CalU are phenomenal, I'm a member of the CalU Chemistry club and we are always doing fun things that give me a nice break from my academic studies. The student organization that plans trips often plans outings to places (often for a small fee) that are always fun. I went on a day trip to Cedar Point for $15.00 and went snow tubbing at Seven Springs for only $5.00.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on where you go and when determines the quality of the food. The Gold Rush (the main cafeteria) sometimes serves good food, but it's not my favorite place to eat. I would recommend the food court because there are plenty of options and they do accept dining plans. My favorite place to eat is the Sycamore Bistro, but they do not accept dining plans so it can get a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls (as we call them) are absolutely amazing! The dorm life (which we refer to as the suite life) is one of the reasons I came to CalU. Gone are the tiny dorm rooms of the past, they have been replaced with what can only be compared to a hotel suite. I never dreamed I'd be this comfortable at college, but I definitely am.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd say that the course work at CalU isn't terribly difficult, but it can be challenging. The best course of action is to stay on top of your course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you get to know the layout of the campus, try to find the fastest path between all the buildings. Be sure to venture to parts of campus that you might not, there might be places on campus that are useful to you that you wouldn't even think of. Try out ALL of the places to eat around campus, the Bistro might be expensive, but it's delicious.

    In three sentences

    California University of PA has many great fields to study and plenty of friendly faculty. My department in particular (the Chemistry and Physics Department) has been more than helpful with everything I've wanted to do. I will be graduating soon and I think that my time at CalU has been excellent.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    There is Campus security everywhere. The dorms are secure.

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about Calu's Greek Life. I am not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many to choose from, and they are so welcoming.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students on a budget, or students who want a moderately sized school. The tuition is lower than many other schools around, and the size is perfect for me. It isn't so large that you could get lost in the crowd of faces, but not so small that there are only 5 people in every class.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want the most bang for your buck, get into as many clubs as possible and experience all that you can. Also, if it available to you, apply to the Honors Program. It is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    There are a whole long list of clubs and activities to join that relate to pretty much anything you could be in to, and if you don't see something you want, you can start a club. There is a movie theater on campus too. As for stuff around the outside of campus, there is not much, but if you drive about 15 minutes you can find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Gold Rush cafeteria offers a good variety of pretty good food. I haven't tried everything yet, but I'm sure I will.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have been recently renovated. They have great security and offer a community of people to get to know. Living in a dorm gives you freedom that allows you to mature better.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the Honors Program, so there is extra rigor associated with that I assume, but I haven't actually started my classes yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student, no matter where you are going or how much money your family has, apply for as many scholarships as possible as early as possible. The more money you have coming in, the less stressful the transition will be. But most of all, go with the flow and listen to the advice of people who have been there before you. Also, living on campus even after the mandatory period is something I would recommend.

    In three sentences

    The amount of things offered by CalU is impressive for the relatively low cost of the college. They have a plethora of things to do on Campus and their programs are great. Most of the Campus has been newly renovated, so it is a wonderful place to take the next step of one's journey.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Theres not much there just a couple bars and a gas station

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty much brand new and are very nice. Also you have your own bathroom instead of sharing one bathroom with a floor.

    In three sentences

    It seems like a pretty good school but just in a bad town. The classrooms look small so it seems that I'll be able to learn easily and not be crowded with a lot of people. All in all I think it will be a great place to get an education

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 62

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    Campus Safety

    It depends. There are too many cops on the actual campus, it's very annoying. There are none in the town, which is where the problems come from.

    Greek Life

    It exists, but I don't pay much attention to it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Singing - both regular choir and audition choir, Dance team (not good), cheerleading, (not good), theater but not musical theater. However, the musical dept. will put on shows, but it is separate from theater. Band, different kind, the jazz band is really good actually, very selective. Frats and sororities. Sports that are separate from clubs and activities. They have sports for fun, many kind. There are clubs for each major and a lot of different interests.

    Great for these types of students

    People who commute.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They make new students stand around a statue and hold candles for quite some time.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't know. I do love singing there. I'm frustrated with the school for messing up a lot of my stuff. They still haven't fixed the number of credits I have. A teacher failed me for being in the hospital and it's on my record. I got written up freshman year during orientation for stealing a green high lighter, which I did not do. I got locked out of my dorm. I had to deal with 4 room changes in one semester. I got robbed, and the police accused me of selling drugs. (Which I don't do) I was at subway for crying out loud. Expect shootings. The campus itself isn't bad, but the town is. They took away my financial aid because I had to medically withdrawal last semester. Yeah, they're nice. I could go on for days.

    What to do for fun

    There is nothing in California, PA. The school does have sports and activities, but you won't find anything exciting in the town.

    Food and Dining

    Over all, the food sucks. It's practically never open on weekends. The meal plan is way over priced. The only thing that is sometimes open on weekends is the cafeteria, which is gross. During the week on certain hours they will have other things open. It's hard to find healthy food there, and everything is served over proportioned.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice. In some of them the security and rules are way over the top. If your too loud after like 10, you get written up. They randomly check your room. There's a person in charge of each hall. Some are a nal, some are cool. There are weird rules depending on the person.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, it just depends on your major and the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would only go here if it's one of your only options. At least it is cheap. Some would tell you it's great; I've just had bad experiences.

    In three sentences

    I really dislike this school. I was planning on transferring, but they won't give me my transcript. You can never get into any classes that you need during registration.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Attend an athletic event.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of cuisine. Not all restaraunts have the same hours.

    Academic Rigor

    My experience has been that most professors present assignments and projects that are challenging enough to promote true learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to get involved on campus beyond the classroom requirements. Join a club. Attend events.

    In three sentences

    Cal U, overall, is concerned about students. Professors tend to take time with students in support of academic success. The campus is beautiful and welcoming.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is usually always guarded and safe. You see the campus security around often and you'll see a lot of what they've done for the community in the Cal U newspaper. There is also little blue buttons all around campus that you press when you are in trouble and they usually show up pretty quickly.

    Greek Life

    I do not recommend.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll usually get most of your tuition money back if you go to all the events that are planned and just participate in everything that the campus offers. There is usually a lot of free stuff that's out and about so keep your eyes open and always check your e-mail.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of fun stuff to do on campus. They always have shows or concerts or events to go to, and they have a movie theater that you can go to for free if you're a student. They actually show recent movies about a month after they come out in the movie theaters. At the beginning of the year they will have tons of free stuff outside, some of it you can actually customize.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options for dining and they make it all in front of you. One of them is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. The food is really good, but hey, if you don't like homemade food you can always go to the convenience stores that they have in the union or the many snack machines and drink machines. There is even a coffee machine.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but there is a nice little apartment complex about a mile from campus. The buses run from campus to the Vulcan Village and there's a pool, a basketball court, a beach volleyball set-up, and a club house that has a wii and a pool table as well as a ping-pong table.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't completely easy but they aren't completely hard either. Most of the teachers are really nice and helpful. The classrooms even have mac computers with really huge screens.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips would probably be that if you live off campus be a half hour early for the bus because they aren't always reliable, and never be late.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. They are here to help us so if you do what your suppose to do then you are fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Cal U is awesome. If you think it is for you go for it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I cannot even explain how many clubs and activities Cal U has to offer. Anything you want to do I bet there is a club for it. Even if there isn't you can start one yourself.

    What to do for fun

    Cal U is a pretty small campus but there is always something going on. No matter what your interests are they is something for you here at Cal U.

    Food and Dining

    Cal U has a variety of places to grab a bite to eat at. Either on campus or off you can always find something to have. Th Rush is the on campus cafe and it provides everything you could possibly think of.

    Dorm Life

    The resident halls on Cal U's campus are excellent. The rooms are big and in great shape. Compared to most schools Cal U would be at the top for Dorm Life.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics at Cal U differ. Everything that Cal U offers are at the best for the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I suggest you plan a visit before you decide to come to Cal U. Also, visit calu.edu to check out the website. Overall, if you decide to attend Cal U you won't be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    Cal Who? Cal U! GO Vulcan's!!!!

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe, the town... not so much.

    Greek Life

    Yep.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Education majors. Commuters.

    Bang for the buck

    Good price, but there are a lot of negative aspects. Some people do just fine there though, I just had a lot of unlucky experiences. If you are going to be a teacher it'd be a good school, but again, it's hard to get into classes. They fill up quickly because they let everyone in and have no teachers or rooms.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing. It's a very boring town. The campus will have events, but weekends suck. There isn't much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Some of their food is okay, but it's very overpriced. The good stuff is only available from like 9-6 Monday through Friday so that sucks.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are really nice, but expensive. If you have a bad roommate it really sucks, but you'll have that every where. Depending on the building you are in, the hall monitor people can be rude and strict, but a lot are nice are normal.

    Academic Rigor

    Good in some areas, awful in others. It all depends on the teacher. Some are insane, like legit.

    Tips for prospective students

    It looks goo on the outside, but it's really hard to get into classes that you need. Also, the price is good, but I had to withdrawal and they lied to me about my financial aid and screwed me over big time. So, they will lie to you. And a lot of them have no idea what they are talking about. The president just got fired for stealing money.

    In three sentences

    Screwed me over.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe and the school and town police are very protective.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is exciting for freshman to see and experience. Their are plenty of fraternities or sororities to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramurals is really fun, if your not planning any school sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Cal U is represented by all walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    while Cal U is a dry campus you can go to local bars if your old enough.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable for a state school

    What to do for fun

    Go to parties and different sports games such as Football and basketball as well as volleyball games

    Food and Dining

    Food is good and you get different options and meal plans

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and the rooms are a good size. You can choose from single, double or multiple roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not big, which is a plus for learning and getting help which is good.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are trying to work while attending make sure you pick a work study program early or you will get the last resort jobs.

    In three sentences

    Cal U is a close nit university in a small town outside of Pittsburgh. The students at Cal U are very helpful and the classes are not to big to get lost in. I rate Cal U as a number one school choice to go to without breaking your wallet to attend. The school staff is very knowledgeable and the dorms are really nice.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You are never far from a public safety officer at Cal, and professors know what to do to keep students safe in an emergency. Residence halls remain locked and under surveillance, and anyone who wants in has to have a card to swipe. During more dangerous times (perhaps there was a robbery in town, or maybe fewer officers came in to work that day), Residence Halls will have their front doors locked, not just the door to get to the rooms.

    Greek Life

    While I do not associate with Greek Life, I know plenty of Brothers and Sisters. Greek Life is fun and fulfilling and provides an instant sense of community. However, in the Graphic Design Major, we are usually too busy to have time to actually pledge to a Greek Society. I think there are less than ten Graphic Design Majors that are also in a Fraternity/Sorority, but that is just because our program is so intensive and comprehensive. Greek Life is encouraged at CalU through organization fairs and Greek Week.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest, there is probably a student organization to represent it. There are over 100 clubs affiliated with the University, and a handful of other, unofficial clubs. (Clubs that do not register with the University do not get funding from it--that is about the only difference.) If you are interested in finding a new organization to join, drop by one of the school's Organization Fairs, which occur once a semester.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a serious student looking for your money's worth and want to be more than a name and a number, then apply to CalU. It is a small campus, so you will get the personalized attention you need to succeed, and it has plenty of work-study opportunities. If you are looking for a small campus with big opportunities, then CalU is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CalU has a lot of strange traditions--from Greek Week to WCal Radio Lock-Ins--for students to participate in. And, assuming you have the time and money, you can always walk into town and grab a treat form Dairy Queen or snag a sub at Subway. Madres has amazing burritos, and Spuds and Campy's offer a wide variety of American food. You can also find house parties and dorm activities in the area, as well as live music and art shows.

    Bang for the buck

    In any program, you will be prepared when you leave the school. If you know how to stretch your meals, then you will never go hungry. But with all the free perks, student activities, and other services and events, it is definitely worth every penny! (And I am paying full out-of-state tuition.)

    What to do for fun

    CalU offers a lot of fun events! There is a free movie theatre that shows movies that are about to come out to DVD/Blu-Ray, and on Thursdays the Commuter Center hosts open mic nights for live music. There is a pool hall that always has a lot going on, student art galleries opening almost every two weeks (sometimes every week). The Theatre Department always has something going on if you know who to ask, and if that isn't your cup of tea, then hit the free gym.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining can be complicated, and may at some times seem like it is not worth the meal plan, but it is also very convenient. Just be wary of common hours on campus when everyone may be in a rush to eat at once, or after a sports team gets done practicing and immediately eats afterward. These times can be hectic and more trouble than they are worth, but the average student should never have too tight a schedule to not get meals during the day. Sometimes the food can be sketchy, but beggars cannot be choosers.

    Dorm Life

    Both the Residence Halls and the university-owned apartments strive to maintain safety and convenience for students while maintaining a great sense of community. Get to know your neighbors and roommates and you should not have a problem. Thanks to the roommate surveys that the university uses to match students housed in the dorms, you will almost always have something in common with your roommate, even if you do not expect it. Although, sometimes it really is just the luck of the draw!

    Academic Rigor

    As a student studying multiple disciplines, I have discovered that the campus' programs are all up to great standards. The Art and Design department has a great reputation in the area--Pittsburgh offices look specifically for CalU Graphic Design graduates, for instance. The department of theatre and dance also keeps shows up to professional standards where time and production are considered. All programs are hard, but not too hard to keep you from succeeding. All professors are ready and willing to help students who are serious about their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Thinking about CalU? Schedule a tour! Use the homepage to find the head of any departments you might be looking at and see if anyone in your desired major can sit down and chat with you, one-on-one. Definitely do not be afraid to get to know anyone (students and faculty) within your major, because they really will become your family.

    In three sentences

    CalU has a great community dedicated to ensure the timely success of their students. Faculty and Staff do all that they can to ensure that the programs are up-to-par and that the environment is safe and coherent to learning. And, of course, there is plenty to do around campus.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been recent issues near campus; many are small. Mostly a result of drinking and/or non-students ruining the night.

    Greek Life

    Not present on campus. Not really appreciated unless you join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, but they don't have the presence that they normally do on other campuses.

    Great for these types of students

    Local and international. Also great for students who need extra help -- there's so many tutoring opportunities; all free to students.

    Bang for the buck

    The dorms are beautiful; they're so worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Bars, movie theatre on campus, volunteer work, exercise, clubs.

    Food and Dining

    I don't feel the food is to the quality of how much the meal plans cost the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on the weekends! Many people go home and just don't get the college experience you should get when you pay all that money to live here!

    In three sentences

    This university is small, green, and friendly. There are many local students. It is also a great value university.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always there. They constantly drive and walk around to make sure nothing is going on. They check in with the dorms to make sure there are no problems and everything is running smoothly. They are only a phone call away and they don't tend to be to far to reach someone in the case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    There are a variety of fraternity and sororities on and off campus. They seem like nice people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities here at Cal U. If you have enough people you can start your own club.

    What to do for fun

    You pretty much make your own fun. You have a lot of freedom. You can go into town and have lunch and do a little shopping. You can go hang around with friends pretty much anywhere.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really good. You have a variety of different options. Certain places are opened late so you can get food still. The cafeteria is nice and spacious and there's all different types of foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. You only share a bathroom with your roommate, you have plenty of space, you can change your room around anytime you want. Everyone is pretty much friendly. There is a computer lab, so there is no reason you can't do any work you have to do. You and your wing mates come up with the quiet hours, there's never really a dull moment, and you will always be surprised at what some people do.

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to do your best. There should be no reason for you to fail any courses, because the teachers are there to help you and so are other people and study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    My personal advice would be to stay on top of things, because your due dates come up quick. Make sure you do all your reading because its important and you don't want to wait until the last minute to do it. Don't stress yourself out because then you will lose focus on what you are trying to do. Go to class, because if you miss a lot of class it's really hard to catch up and you will fall really behind. Enjoy your college experience, make the best of being at college. During your free time get out and do some things.

    In three sentences

    California University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful college. You have the perfect environment to study and get your work done. The teachers here help you if you are having trouble they will set up a meeting with you, if not you can go to a place where they can help you with whatever you are having trouble with.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    We have multiple social fraternities and sororities on campus. We also have academic and honorary fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities you can become involved in. There is literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a small campus in a more rural setting, so if you are looking for that type of college, this is great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot is Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, and there is a big statue in the middle of the quad. Freshman orientation is always concluded at a candlelight ceremony held around the Vulcan statue. CAL WHO? CAL U!!!

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple sporting events every week and entertainment opportunities. You can get involved with clubs depending on your interests.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat on campus that you can use your meal plan and dine dollars for. These include the cafeteria, a wrap and salad place, a grill, a pizza place, a convenience-type store, and a new southern-style food truck. Off campus, there are multiple places to eat, including Subway, Quiz-no's, Spuds, and Madre's Mexican.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are new and absolutely beautiful. The rooms are huge and there are no community bathrooms. There are several different types you can get. All residence halls are centrally located so you don't have to walk too far to get to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Communication Disorders major, I do a lot of work in and out of the classroom. However, it is not too much that I don't have a social life and I can still be involved in clubs and activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved with something as soon as possible and sign up for a peer mentor. This will help you meet people on campus.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful, small campus with a very tight-knit community. They have excellent academic programs and many professional partners. There are a lot of activities to do throughout the semester.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have seen no problems yet with safety. They keep you well informed and have text message alerts.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have countless amounts of clubs for every major and every type of group. We even have a quidditch team and Ballroom dancing. All in all a lot to chose from and a fun time no matter what.

    Great for these types of students

    It's nice for people who want a small school but still have city life relatively close by(30-45 minutes away)

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of what you pay for comes back to you. For instance you have to pay a fee to sabug as part of your bill, but then the events are free on campus. Classes depend on who you get and how much work you actually put into it.

    What to do for fun

    Sab/Sabug, our activities board, does free things like paintball, making tye-dye, street signs, whiteboards, mugs, and other things as well as bring in musicians and comedians. This past year we had two people from Reno 911. However whenever they aren't holding anything, it can get a bit boring, unless you find something to entertain yourselves with.

    Food and Dining

    Food is usually decent, just can become a bit repetitive. Modeco is good for breakfast and Flatz, a quesadilla place, is a good spot for late night munchies.

    Dorm Life

    Great community sensed dorms. There's a kitchen on the first floor which is nice, especially because I like to cook. Rooms have a decent amount of space and you usually only have to share the bathroom with your roommate depending on what room style you chose.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging at times, but teachers are willing to help as long as you ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your work and join clubs, both will make your experience that much better.

    In three sentences

    Calu has fantastic dorms, aka you don't have communal bathrooms, and is a beautiful campus. At times it can get a bit boring, but they hold activities a lot of the time. The food can become a bit repetitive, but there are some great places just off campus.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    CalU hosts an active greek community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a number of clubs on campus that you can become a part of. During freshman orientation you receive a booklet of all the organizations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    At CalU, you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    CalU has a student run board called SAI (Student Activities Inc.) who work to bring entertainment onto campus. This past year they have brought in comedians, paintball, The Harlem Globetrotters, musicians, a portable ice rink, and much more. The town does not have much to offer for entertainment but the SAI Board makes up for it with all of the activities they bring onto campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining can be lackluster at times. The Gold Rush is your main dining area and consists of buffet style serving, and while they provide a wide range of food to eat the quality can be something that remains desired. There are also food shops in the student center though that will accept meal plans that are great for a quick meal between classes.

    Dorm Life

    The Residence Halls on campus are some of the best i've seen on campus tours. The rooms are spacious, well kept, and equipped with a personal bathroom, cable, WiFi, ethernet connections, and heating/air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, this will all depend on the classes and teachers required for your major. If you want to know how harsh a class or teacher may be, I recommend using http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ This website includes an overall statistic on that professor, as well as providing reviews from students.

    In three sentences

    California is a school that's easier on the wallet than most institutions. CalU offers a plethora of degrees for both Undergrad and graduate students who want to pursue their degree. Overall, Cal is a tight knit community of students and a great place for learning.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had any issues with safety on campus or off campus. Anywhere that they felt was dark on campus has a post with a blue light at the top. If a student ever felt that they were in danger, they could hit a button on the post and public safety would be alerted.

    Greek Life

    There are 6 sororities and 8 fraternities. Between them both, there are about 300 people. I currently am in the organization Sigma Tau Gamma. Through the process, it has made me more production and professional. It's provided me with opportunities to network and to excel in ways that I never even considered. Greek life here is definitely a big thing and not something that any prospective student should rule out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of clubs and activities for everyone. There is any type of club or intramural sport you can imagine and if we don't have what you're looking for, you can always get a group of friends together and start up a club yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Cal is great for really anyone. There are a lot of times here where students must make their own fun. I'd say in a general statement, Cal is great for anyone that enjoy sports, going to the gym, is interested in Greek life and partying.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience is all what the student makes of it. If you come in to school and crush it, its absolutely worth the money. If you plan to come to school and have everything handed to you, you're going to want to transfer. Get out of your shell, find clubs and things you like to do and make friends with people that have the same interests as you.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want! there is often something wild going on somewhere on campus. Greek life often has various fundraisers and activities that are fun and still help support that organization. Clubs, Greek life, Intramural sports, the gym, pick-up games with your friends. Anything that you can imagine, you can probably do.

    Food and Dining

    It's college. These aren't 5 star restaurants and nobody can expect them to be. If you're really hungry, there's buffet style eating but the food isn't as great. If you're looking for better food, go to one of the other 5 places to eat on campus. The portions aren't unlimited but the food is much better. Off campus, is the best food but also the most expensive. However, there are a ton of tricks to help keep your expenses down but only an upperclassman can help you through every option.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome for freshmen. They allow a built in social network. Beyond that, every room has its own bathroom facility and air conditioning. The security is very solid which is good but can get tedious when you have to unlock three doors before you're sitting in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what major you choose, your professors and above all, how much you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE. Get out of your dorm. The first day go out and meet people on your floor, leave your door open, go to the gym, the basketball courts, something. Go out and find things that you like to do and make friends with people that have the same interest. Mentors are very helpful. If you don't get a mentor, befriend and upperclassman to help you get down the system.

    In three sentences

    College is what you make it. Everyone here I'm has had a different experience but I can tell you that if you're aware of the services and activities provided here, you will have a great experience and come out of school with a ton of memories and no doubt a good job.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Global online. They offer a wide variety of degrees 100% online.

    What to do for fun

    Check your student email! They send out announcements everyday with this to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Global Online Student.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorm. Global Online Student.

    Academic Rigor

    There were some things that could have been harder whereas some classes had way too much information packed into a session. But that is normal with most college classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to explore all of the different opportunities offered by Cal U. If you are going Global Online, become very familiar with their website because it is now your campus for all your information.

    In three sentences

    I love the variety of different studies this institute offers. They have been very helpful and easy to attend, even as a traveling military spouse. And the best part is the tuition wasn't all that bad for being an out of state resident!

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police Is Not Very Much Used But Is Avalible Just In Case

    Clubs and Activities

    Offers A Lot Of Clubs You Can Partake In Over 30 Over Them Plus Fartenties And Soroties.

    Great for these types of students

    If You Like Small Enviorments And Don't To be In Crowded Surroundings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Im Located In Johnson Hall

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, Organizations To Join. Sport Event Games, Traveling Around Town and To Pittsburg To Shop.

    Food and Dining

    You Can Eat From The Gold Rush Cafertia Which Has Excellent Varieties Of Food And You Also Can Eat From Different Restaurants That Are On Campus. You Only Need To Use Your Cal Card.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms Are Amazingly Beautiful And You Have About 6 Types Of Halls To Choose On Campus From As Well As Off Campus Housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Good Classes And Excellent Professors. Office Hours Are Always Availble, Support For Success Program Is A Program Where You Can Find Mentors To Keep You On Track And Make Sure Your Well Being Is Okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    This College Holds About 11,000 Students So This School Is For People Who Enjoy Small Communties With A Lot of Space. I Recommend This School Highly. You Will Have The best Time Of Your Life.

    In three sentences

    California University Of Pennsylvannia Is A Beauitful College Located In A Small Town. The Campus Is Big And Has A Varites Of Space To Study. Amazling Perfect Is The Words I'll Use To Decribe My College

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Over 100 clubs to join, so many different types of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE AND ANYONE

    What to do for fun

    They always have activities up on the boards along the campus. There are sororities, fraternities, and over 100 different clubs to choose from. The campus always has concerts from time to time. Attend sporting events, spend time with your friends on campus, GET INVOLVED! It makes your time at Calu definitely worthwhile.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty awesome. We have a few good places to eat. We always have a food truck on the street, and it's always full with a line so I think it's a pretty good place. We have a Starbucks which is great because I love their coffee.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, so I do not live on campus. I've heard from everyone that the dorms are so nice and it's awesome to be on your own and living independently.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors don't baby you. They expect you to be grown ups and you only learn what you apply yourself to. Push yourself to the limits and if you think you can't do it, push harder. You are who you apply yourself to be. Don't expect things to be done for you. You can do it, if you believe and you study and do homework. Push yourself above and beyond the limits!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, study your notes every night. Go to class, don't skip because you don't feel like going. Make sure you ask questions so that you know what to do on tests/in the class in general. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR! If you become friends with them, it makes your experience a lot easier. Utilize all of the amenities on campus: career services, Support for Success, Scheduling Center or anything that will help you throughout your time at Cal!

    In three sentences

    I love all of my professors. It's a great learning environment, everyone makes you feel so comfortable. The students are awesome, everyone wants to help each other out.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of activates are advertised through email daily.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not the great. It is not very healthy; however has imporved this semester.

    In three sentences

    Teachers are very felxiable with things other than school. Will work with students onn-on-one if needed.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Things do happen that occur outside of campus, but the campus security is always on the ball and always alert students of anything that occurred as soon as it happened.

    Greek Life

    Our Greeks are very involved in campus life and activities. They dedicate a lot of time to community service activities, help out on campus, and schedule fun events for the whole campus. They're great!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many! If you can't find one for you you're not looing hard enough.

    Great for these types of students

    All students. I've met so many different types of people that it seems hard to find something that wouldn't work for you.

    Bang for the buck

    We do get so much here at Cal. But the problem is that if you're late or miss any payments, nearly everything gets put on hold and there's no way out but to pay. Being unable to create a class schedule for next semester when I'm already committed to the food/board for the year is so frustrating.

    What to do for fun

    For fun we have tons of clubs and events. SABUG (Student Activities Board Underground) has something planned almost every day, so it's hardly ever a dull moment. We also have a number of clubs and organizations both on and off campus for any and all interests. Going to the Martial Arts club keeps me fit, going to the Psychology and History clubs help me to enhance my major/minor learning experience here at Cal. There really is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    It's cafeteria food, what can I say? But there are a lot of options! We have at least 5 places in our Student Union Center alone that accepts our meal plans and everywhere you can spend Dine Dollars. Personally, I thought having fresh sushi was AWESOME!

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. The ones here are AWESOME! There is a lot of space, even for the double rooms which almost all freshmen get. You make friends with people on your floor pretty easily and the perks are great too! Every dorm has a computer room that all students can access with their keys, we have a TV lounge (just got a flat screen installed!) and kitchen area that has a lot of appliances, and we have a pool table so we can just relax and shoot a few games with friends. In each dorm! Maintenance is so kind and extremely helpful, and the staff in general in the dorms are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are what you might expect from a college level course. If you've taken an AP class during high school then you should be pretty well prepared for the course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework! Whether it's figuring out what you have to do tomorrow or work for a class, homework is a staple to being a successful student. Know what you're getting into. And work hard! Without a strong work ethic you're in big trouble!

    In three sentences

    CalU is one of the nicest campuses I've ever been to! The people here are equally kind and life on campus so far has been fantastic. There's no other place I'd rather be.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They do have police officers (actual police officers) monitoring the campus grounds to keep the students safe. Still, students should still take the extra precaution by keeping whatever is deemed expensive (that they bring with them) in their rooms, in either a safe or latched to a big heavy object. That means that you definitely want to get a computer tether cable if you don't want to risk anything no matter what.

    What to do for fun

    There's always going to be a gamer or two living in a dorm room just a few doors down the hall from you, so don't worry about being the only nerd there. In just one semester, I've found more Doctor Who fans than I've found in my hometown. There is a study lounge and a regular lounge area in every building, so you can guarantee that you will meet someone you never would have thought to have something in common with you.

    Food and Dining

    As mentioned before, the food is pretty good, though it depends on what restaurant, what foods you like best, and how the food is prepared. The Gold Rush, for example, has good foods at some times while they also have foods that don't taste as you would expect. Their breakfast is always great, and they also have a dessert/snack bar where they have things like donuts, brownies, cakes, and ice cream. The Prime House has pizza and some subs, and on the 3rd floor of the Natali Center they have the food court, where you can get burgers, salads, and chicken tenders.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life can be a fun experience if you make it to be, just don't go doing anything that would cause your roommate to think differently of you. If you're a computer gamer, either find a friend who's willing to let you borrow an Ethernet cable, or buy one because the wifi at the college can be slow a majority of the time due to too many people using it. The internet will be slow, but it won't last nearly as long or frequent as the internet that their wifi is providing.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to have your homework in on the day that the teacher says it's due. However, there are some teachers that really do want their students to pass and they will help you (if you go to them) with a study pattern for their tests, understanding an equation, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're unsure if your professor(s) are very tough to deal with, I recommend searching for them on ratemyprofessors.com. They always have some comment, recent or not, that tells you if a student struggled with a certain professor.

    In three sentences

    I find the campus life here enjoyable. All the students here are in the same boat, so everyone realizes that there's no need to be enemies with someone. The food is good here and you can set up a meal plan here, so you don't have to pay out of your wallet if you have your CalCard on hand.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go work out in the gym. Rock climbing. Various clubs. Hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have good time management skills. Do not be afraid to make new friends. Always make time to study and do your homework. Do not spend your time partying. Be a responsible student.

    In three sentences

    This university has very dependable professors that pursue in helping me to succeed. This school also has various opportunities to get involved on campus and make new friends. I also have acquired great communication skills by attending this college.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    California University of Pennsylvania is great for all types of students. It doesn't discriminate against any certain one, and there are a lot of clubs that specialize in a million different things. If you can not find a club to fit in here, then you might as well just go to community college. The one thing about CalU is that it is known as a suitcase college, meaning that most people that go there live around there and they go home for the majority of the weekends. For people like me from Harrisburg that is not an option, so you need to be open and outgoing. Otherwise you would not be able to participate in all of the fun activities and events that they offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual place on campus is the staircase outside going uphill from Building E to Building C. There is a whopping sixty-nine very steep stairs leading from one dorm building to the other. No one was willing to go up or down the stairs unless it was absolutely needed. A friend of mine who lived up in C would often come down to visit and just sleep down at E because it was too much of a hassle to run up them for the night. Not to mention when it is cold and icy/rainy, those stairs turn into death traps, which leads the university to put salt on it which only causes rolled ankles.

    Bang for the buck

    I came in as a student only knowing that I wanted to major in Psychology and be at least an hour from home(so my parents couldn't surprise me), but still in PA. This pretty much includes the majority of the schools in PA. I didn't know if I wanted a big or small school, city or town, and I didn't want to play any competitive collegiate sports. I went to all of the good ones, Arcadia, West Chester, and IUP, and I still couldn't decide, so I applied to ten schools finguring some would deny me so I would have less to choose from. Well that did not go as planned; I got accepted to all ten, and just decided that I would do one last visit because I was fed up with this process, and I might as well go to HACC. I went to CalU and before I even stepped into any of the buildings, I knew that this would be my home for at least the next four years.

    What to do for fun

    California University has lots of great activities to get into not only during the week, but also during the weekend. There is a club call SABug (Student Activities Board and Underground cafe) they work to bring fun and exciting activities and events to the school and some even include famous comedians, and actors. They also have an Underground Cafe which is like an open mike where people can sing, play an instrument or any sort of act. This makes CalU a little less boring, not that it ever was.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at CalU gets an average three stars, it's nothing fancy or above the rest, but our Food Dinning building Natalie/The Union was on a top list of all secondary schools eating areas. The quality of health to the food is exponential, they accompany each meal with a list of its nutrition facts. There is something for every picky eater to eat(I speak from experience).

    Dorm Life

    I was only in the dorms for my freshman year, but I loved it. My Community Assistant was so helpful with any questions that I had and when I accidentally locked myself out of my room when my roommate was at home. The amenities that are included in the dorms are top notch.The dorm and living conditions are part of what helped me through my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely lots of challenges that are presented in the academic settings at CalU. Not enough to defeat you, but just enough to push you to succeed. The difficulties are always matched with the willingness of the professors to help as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, or at least introduce yourself. You never know when you will need a reference letter, and it will also make it easier for you to get the help you need in a class that you are struggling in.

    In three sentences

    College is based off of the experience, the environment, and the teachings. California University of Pennsylvania has a gorgeous campus and living environment, the experience there is the best of the best, and the things that I am learning come from people who want to see me exceed.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I go to some of the sporting events. There is a movie theatre that my friends and I would go to.

    Food and Dining

    The food was very good I loved going to the bistro across from the gym and they also have a Starbucks with it. I also liked eating at flatz they had the best quesadillas.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorms! All my friends that would visit said it looked like a hotel suit and not a college dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at cal were taught very well and the professors always tried to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved with the campus activities because there is always something to do.

    In three sentences

    California university is a very clean and safe campus. They have great professors who always try to work with you. There food is also very good.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have their own Campus cops

    Great for these types of students

    Like small classes, small towns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers

    What to do for fun

    For me, since I don't have a car out here, I've gone to Pitt with friends and the MMVTA is free for students.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of options!!

    Dorm Life

    They call it the Suite life here because the rooms are big, carpeted, and you don't have to share a bathroom with a bunch of people. Just you and your roommate.

    Tips for prospective students

    It may be in a super small town, but the school itself, is just amazing.

    In three sentences

    They have a great faculty on campus. Teachers care about you even if they seem scary at first. The dorms are wicked sweet.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you're running on the treadmills in the gym, you get the pleasure of looking at the backside of our lovely Vulcan statue. It sometimes can be motivation to work harder so that your backside can look like Blaze's!

    What to do for fun

    There's not a whole lot to do for fun in California, PA, but if you're willing to look for it, fun can be found in some of the most unexpected places.

    Food and Dining

    It's typical college food. It's not terribly awful though.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more difficult than others, classes in the sciences, especially chemistry, are tough, but not overwhelmingly so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and get to know your professors, especially if you're looking to go to Graduate school and will need recommendation letters.

    In three sentences

    California University of Pennsylvania is a good school for certain majors, and if you're looking to for a small public university with the college feel. In the two years I have attended here, I was able to work closely and develop professional relationships with my professors, which afforded me the opportunity to ask for recommendation letters that helped me to gain admission into one of the best schools in the country for my major.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I take online course this is not applicable

    Food and Dining

    I take online course this is not applicable

    Dorm Life

    I take online course this is not applicable

    Academic Rigor

    I take online course this is not applicable

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you ask a lot of questions especially if this is your first time using financial aid.

    In three sentences

    Great school, great online education from the comfort of your home. Love the easily accessible classes. The instructors are knowledgeable and supportive. If you are looking for an online education check out California University of PA

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken seriously here. The police have a department on campus and are always roaming around. Not too much bad stuff happens around the area.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities/clubs offered at Cal U. I am in CUTV which is the television news station and in the Quidditch Club. Also, there is an amazing gym, pool, and hot tub here as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous places to eat at on campus. There is even a buffet place inside the the Natali Student Center called the Gold Rush. Or, you could be like me and order the same dinner of chicken fingers everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are totally amazing! They are relatively new and have all the works. Living in the dorms is expensive so take that into consideration.

    Academic Rigor

    Cal U is getting rid of it's old stereotype of being a party school. If you are not going to take education seriously, then you should not apply. Also, the professors don't want to see you fail and will hep you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living at Cal U is expensive. If you can commute do that. Or, look for cheaper places to live in around the area.

    In three sentences

    It a beautiful campus that is under construction. Just like the campus, the academics is molding into something much more valuable year after year. Cal U is a wonderful university to be a part of.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cal is all about the safety of its students. Each student has a card called a Cal Card that opens the front door of only the hall you live in. There is also a front desk in every hall that is manned by students 24 hours and day and has a button with a direct line to campus and local police if needed. Everyone's room key also works on every wing door in their hall, so only a resident of that specific hall can open the doors. Campus wide text alerts lets students know if there were any burglaries or shootings in town, and if there is the front doors of each hall are locked. That means that to even get in to swipe your card you must use your room key to open the very first door.

    Greek Life

    I personally chose not to rush, but I have a few friends who did and they love it. The first thing most people think of when they hear sorority or fraternity is the huge parties, but here the greeks are really into community outreach and academic standards. Most, if not all, have a GPA requirement and community hour requirements. Plus, you get a support group that becomes your family here at school and for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are academic and social clubs for everyone. Most majors have a club that looks good on resumes and provide chances to go to other states or even other countries. The social clubs range from anything to medieval club, to quidditch club.

    Great for these types of students

    Cal is mostly a commuter school, but its also great for students who want to live on campus but don't want to be too far away from home. I am currently 30 minutes from my house and I love it. I can go home if I need anything or want to see my family, but I still get to experience being on my own and the responsibilities that come along with that.

    Bang for the buck

    If you look at the big picture you really aren't paying too much when compared with other colleges and universities. There are so many activities available, as mentioned above, that it is hard for a student to get bored.

    What to do for fun

    CalU always has free or cheap activities on and off campus. Every Thursday night there is Underground Café, which has local musicians and bands come and play and gives students a chance to sing or play music in front of their peers. There is Bingo every month almost, with prizes that range from Wal-Mart giftcards, to free groceries, to Cal clothing, and sometimes even money prizes. There is also a student run group that arranges different activities off campus that you must pay for such as buses to NBA games, Bush Gardens, and a dance of the Gateway Clipper, along with others.

    Food and Dining

    The Gold Rush which is like a restaurant is hit and miss, but the cafeteria offers made to order salads, wraps, burritos, burgers, and more. There is a pizza place, a coffee and smoothie store, and a quesadilla and sandwich store that has other snack items. Right outside of campus in town there is a Subway, Chinese restaurant, Madre's Cocina, and a Dairy Queen as well as a couple pizza places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were redone a few years ago and they are by far the best dorms I have seen. Every room has its own bathroom, and every floor has one laundry room. The rooms are also very large compared to most college dorms. There are different types with different prices so you can choose which style you would like to have.

    Academic Rigor

    Naturally the classes are more difficult than high school level classes but for the most part the professors are all willing to sit down with you outside of class and discuss anything you don't understand. There are also many tutoring options if you want help from a peer.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend visiting as soon as possible. The personal tours show you every aspect of a CalU student and you get to see everything from the dorms, to the cafeteria, to the different classroom types, and so much more. Scheduling to be able to sit in on a class in a major you are considering can really give you a better perspective on the level of college classes and what you are getting yourself into.

    In three sentences

    It is a small college that allows the students a more personal education. The professors know you by name and you are not just another face in the crowd. There's something for everyone and a lot of amazing opportunities to get involved with on and off campus activities.

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken seriously here. The police have a department on campus and are always roaming around. Not too much bad stuff happens around the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    Cal U has a wide variety of clubs and activities. For example, I am in the Quidditch club. Also, I am in CUTV which is the television station located on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities/clubs offered at Cal U. I am in CUTV which is the television news station and in the Quidditch Club. Also, there is an amazing gym, pool, and hot tub here as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous places to eat at on campus. There is even a buffet place inside the the Natali Student Center called the Gold Rush. Or, you could be like me and order the same dinner of chicken fingers everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are totally amazing! They are relatively new and have all the works. Living in the dorms is expensive so take that into consideration.

    Academic Rigor

    Cal U is getting rid of it's old stereotype of being a party school. If you are not going to take education seriously, then you should not apply. Also, the professors don't want to see you fail and will hep you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living at Cal U is expensive. If you can commute do that. Or, look for cheaper places to live in around the area.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus that is under construction. Just like the campus, the academics is molding into something much more valuable year after year. Cal U is a wonderful university to be a part of.

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PA residents

    What to do for fun

    I mainly stay in my dorm and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are playing a sport or a resident of Pennsylvania, this is a good choice for you!

    In three sentences

    The academics are quite easy. The surrounding town is small and quiet. The students are mainly Pennsylvania residents.