Location
California, PA
Undergrads
5,821
Tuition (in-state)
$13,825 ($9,379)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 844 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's always alcohol at parties and no one is really concerned if you go to Cal or not because usually there's at least a couple high schoolers from the local area there too.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus isn't too bad because there's always a cop driving around but the town of California isn't as safe as it could be. There were several incidents just in the fall semester which involved robbery and fire arms. I definitely don't feel as safe as I should when walking to my car after my night class.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle is free of charge but sometimes the timing is off

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not very strict unless things are getting out of hand which is their job

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not much around just a small town

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid but unfortunately I wasn't able to receive anything except one loan

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pretty expensive but there are many pros that come with it. Housing off campus would about two miles away from campus which isn't very convenient but it's something to adjust to. It's very safe and the landlords are very lenient.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There really isn't that many Greek students

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students are pretty normal. Each have their own sense of style that they like to express.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students participate in a majority of the sporting events and everyone has a good time attending

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always something going on either cookouts or parties

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's all pretty convenient and affordable

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The people are great and the facilities are close and clean

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There aren't many unique things about the school the campus life is great and so are the academic programs

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Its very easy to get to and is never crowded

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of California, really doesn't have much, but it's not too far from Pittsburgh.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: They do provide a lot of transportation, since most people live on campus.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm pretty sure that rates are reasonable, but since I commute, I don't know much about it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The advisors are extremely helpful, and the school really does have a great program.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There really is a wide range of majors to pick from.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm extremely happy with my major of choice, and the employment rate from California University is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The school is filled with some really great people.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm still going through the processes, so I wouldn't feel fair rating it yet.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a commuting student, so I don't know much about the housing options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's average weather for this area. Bat in the winter.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Cal U may not seem like much to an outsider. It is small and quiet, even dull at times. The surroundings are not the most stimulating or exciting. But Cal U is a diamond in the rough, a sort of oasis among the diminishing coal communities in the area. The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, and the education you receive at the University goes beyond the classroom. It is an affordable way to obtain higher education after high school, and it's also a playground for students for the four years they reside on campus.

The people you meet at Cal can be future employers, wise teachers, role models, or even just good friends. With its ever-present urge for excellence, Cal U is growing into a school that can match up against larger schools. Many students agree that while they like the school, they would make changes to it, but most students would choose Cal over again if given the chance. Leaving home to come to Cal is a great way to find out who you are without distractions and to learn about the decisions you’ll make the rest of your life.

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