California University of Pennsylvania, or Cal U for short, was founded more than 150 years ago. It is based in the borough of California, Pa., located just 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, and specializes in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies at the undergraduate and graduate level. Since 2004, The Princeton Review has ranked the public school as one of the best regional universities in the northeast.
Cal U is a land of plenty when it comes to areas of study. The school boasts more than 150 undergraduate majors and concentrations in fields ranging from business to science and technology. Its School of Graduate Studies and Research also awards master’s degrees, certification, and certificates in the fields of science, education, and social work. A number of these programs are also available online. Through the school’s Lifelong Learning programs, there are also opportunities for continuing education for either personal or professional purposes. In their spare time, students can participate in more than 100 student organizations.
Cal U has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1951. It also holds specialized accreditation by these agencies: American Physical therapy Association; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Theatre; and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Cal U uses a rolling admissions policy. To apply at the undergraduate level, prospective students must complete an application and submit their official high school transcript, including class rank, or GED certificate and scores if applicable. They also have to submit their SAT or ACT scores, though this requirement may be waived for those who have been out of high school for at least two years, or have an associate, RN, or bachelor’s degree already. A personal essay and letters of recommendation are optional, but would also be factored into the school’s decision.
For Cal U’s graduate school, applicants have earned a degree from an accredited college or university, and submit official sealed transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Depending on the department, they may also have to submit letters of recommendation, references, or other supporting material, as well as take specific entrance exams, such as the GRE.
California University of Pennsylvania
Admissions Office, 201 Dixon Hall
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419