California, PA
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$13,825 ($9,379)
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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: i do not live on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: While they do not let you get away with anything illegal if you are a good person, doing the right thing you have no need to worry.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Since we are not a division one school we cannot offer sports scholarships to our students. Our sports programs generally reflect that.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The business program is pretty nice at my school but my concentration is lacking some professors. I think that if we had a few more professors students would have less of a hassle to get into classes they need.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: The liberal arts / general education classes are very hard to get into because they try to limit class size to 30 or less but without the proper amount of professors on staff to do it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: the people are generally nice

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some guys look really good, very muscular. Some are cute, and some are a required taste. The ladies usually look fairly presentable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I really love this university. It fits my personality and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. However, being part of the PASSHE system, it has its drawbacks. The departments lack communication so if there's a problem with Financial Aid, you campus bill, your classes, or your professor, you are sometimes given the run-around and it can be highly irritating. However, if you stay on top of things, and do what you need to do, you shouldn't have any problems in that area. If you are a serious student who is looking to grow as a person while getting your degree, this is really the place for you.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus is clean, beautiful, and well-maintained. There are a few old buildings that could use a makeover but a lot of the buildings have received technological and aesthetic improvements. The gym and dorm buildings are practically brand new, the student center (dining, movie theatre, performance center, etc) is in the middle of a major renovation and update. The campus itself is beautiful and relaxing and worth the drive out to the country.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The scenery is just beautiful The grasses, gardens, trees, and flowers are well-maintained and very green. The dorm buildings are beautiful; they mimic hotel rooms. There are many art sculptures and statues and even artistically-painted fire hydrants around campus, which give it a nice modern feel. The campus is really a picturesque environment for those who like to concentrate on their studies and growth, not going to bars every night hoping to find a good time.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: California is a small town that few even hear of outside of the university residing there. It is about 45 minutes from downtown PGH, Morgantown, malls, etc. It is a drive to get practically anywhere. If you attend the university there is enough to do and enough people to talk to that it doesn't matter, but you start to get cabin fever after a while and are just looking for some crowds and excitement, so a lot of young people leave on weekends and return Sunday night or Monday for the week to begin again.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports should be a large part of college; with groups of guys attending games with letters painted on their torso. However, it really isn't, which is a shame because sporting events and school pride can be very fun and exciting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of places are either brand new and pretty expensive, basic units with pretty good prices, or old/outdated units with slumlords. It honestly depends but there is a huge variety, and due to the increasing cost to attend college, a lot of people steer clear of university housing and pick off-campus once they complete their freshman and sophomore years.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: The pizza place is delicious and so is modeco and the bistro. The bistro is a bit expensive though. The gold rush is super convenient, but it can be a hit or miss as to whether it's good or not when you go.

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3 College Student

Academics: Each different major has many different clubs you can be involved in. Some majors have a much heavier workload than others. Each major can get tutored by someone who has more years experience in the same major. Obviously some buildings focus on one major more than another, but overall every major has equal learning opportunity.

3 College Student

Academics: The professors I've had have been great. Most professors are very open to one on one discussions and e-mailing and doing everything they can to help answer any questions you have or to help you get into peer tutoring if you're having trouble. The registration process is actually fairly simple, but can suck on registration day because the network crashes usually when everyone is trying to use it at once. Workload depends on your major and what classes you take, it can be very light to having to work on things every single day. The library and study lounges are big study areas. When the weather is nice you'll see students studying outside a lot. Some students just prefer to study in their dorms though.

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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The school isn't super strict. Basically if you're following the rules then you're fine. And if you aren't following the rules, but nobody knows then you're still fine. When you start causing a scene and fights and damaging things that's when you'll get in trouble.

3 College Student

Greek Life: A lot of students look at the Greeks as people who throw good parties and that's it. Really though a lot of the fraternities and sororities do a lot for the school and raise a lot of money for different organizations through fundraisers and events. Some greeks live in the dorms and others live in the frat houses they have.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The housing process is very simple and it's online which makes it even easier. The roommate survey option is great too, I ended up with a wonderful roommate my first year and we're rooming together again. The dorms are nice, sometimes they can get a little dirty, but overall the cleanliness is good. It can be absolutely horrible depending on who your neighbors are though. Personally I had horrible neighbors my second semester and they were the noisiest people on the planet, but you are able to file a noise complaint which sometimes helps.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Almost all of the frats throw parties every weekend and some have weekday parties on certain days. Sometimes they'll throw themed parties and that can be interesting to see everyone dressed up walking around campus either leaving or coming back from a party. I'm not old enough to go to the bar, but I have many friends who are and they say it's always a fun time.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: There have been reported crimes on and near campus varying from robbery to someone being shot. The police take immediate action in all situations though. Regardless of the crimes that have occurred I usually feel pretty safe on and off campus. Going off campus most people, girls at least, don't go alone just because it's safer that way in general.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining places that are super close to the school would be the option between 6 different places, which eventually you get tired of, but all of these places are low cost and tasted good so I don't think anybody minds.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drug use doesn't seem super noticeable at school. I don't think a large amount of people partake in that activity. Alcohol consumption occurs a lot. There are parties thrown frequently and many students talk about them all the time. However, the campus police and city police definitely try to strictly enforce their rules and laws. I feel like peer pressure definitely plays in to alcohol consumption. A lot of students don't want to drink a lot, but also don't want to be the one friend skipping out on weekend fun. As for the campus policy enforcement, it's strongly used when need be. If someone is caught and they're obviously under the influence of drugs and alcohol they're taken to the health center and actions range from a warning first to the student getting into serious trouble.

4 College Student

Athletics: I've only gone to a few games personally, but a lot of students usually go and they're pretty fun. The students don't usually get super involved in cheering that much, at least not at the games I've been to. The Herron Gym is nice. I'm big into fitness and use the gym everyday so I think it's great to have on campus.

3 College Student

Parking: I didn't have a car on campus my first year so I don't know a lot about the parking. I know you need a permit, which are easy to get and costs vary depending on which parking lot you get one for if you get one for the garage.


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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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