Facilities

Location
California, PA
Undergrads
5,821
Tuition (in-state)
$13,825 ($9,379)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I believe the campus needs more food places and more things to do on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus has great academic programs but lack in some facilities, social scene, and events for campus life

3 College Freshman

Facilities: there are few places to go to, but for the most part you can meet new people every time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 496th
    Best Student Centers
  • 573rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 610th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 690th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The facilities at Cal are becoming better with every passing year. New buildings have laptop outlets and include SMART classrooms with efficient technology. The buildings and restrooms are always clean. One of the most utilized facilities on campus is the gym at Herron. Here, students can take classes like boot camp, yoga, or the ever-popular Zumba. Students can also use the rock wall and indoor track, or the basketball courts. 

The student center amenities are a little bit outdated, but ultimately still good. Students are often in the Natali Student Center hanging out, watching movies at the Vulcan Theatre, or playing pool on the second floor. Vulcan Village, which is not located directly on campus, is where a majority of students lives, and they spend much of their time there. Because of this, the campus is pretty desolate on the weekends. Most of the fun happens off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
83
Campus Size
288 acres
Student Centers
Natali Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Manderino Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Natali Student Center
  • Sycamore Bistro
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None
Movie Theater on Campus
Vulcan Theatre
"Green" Initiatives
The Student Activities Board has taken the initiative to promote sustainability on campus with recycling. There is also technology and hardware recycling at the end of the year.
School Slang
MAC Lab: Multimedia Access Center
Traditions
  • Greek Week: All of the fraternities and sororities compete against each other in backyard-type games.
  • Homecoming: There is a parade in the morning that involves most of the frats and sororities. A lot of alumni come back, too. A lot of folks wake up around 10 a.m. and start drinking.
  • Reading Day/Mission Day: The school gives everyone the Friday off before midterms and finals for a chance to get some extra studying in. However, everyone uses it as an excuse to stay up later and get a little drunker than on an average Thursday night.
Urban Legends
  • Cal U is "STD Central."
  • The Monongahela River has a monster.
Favorite Things To Do
Favorite things to do on campus include going to the Vulcan Theatre, eating at the student center, and going to the gym.
Student Newspaper
Cal Times
sai.calu.edu/caltimes
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Cal U offers more than 100 clubs, from pre-professional organizations, like student marketing and economics clubs, to anthropology and wildlife associations. Another way to get involved is through the intramural and club sports. There is bound to be at least one club or organization to fit your interests. For those wishing to start an organization, all of the necessary paperwork is available through the Student Association, Inc. (SAI).
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Each student can have his or her activities, campus involvement, community service, leadership positions, lectures, and seminars documented on an Activities Transcript for free, to be supplied for a future portfolio to showcase to employers.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 54 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Rush
  • 33% Natali Student Center
  • 17% Dorms
  • 17% The steps of Building D
  • 0% The Island Bus Stop
  • 0% The courts outside Hamer Hall
  • 0% Sycamore Bistro
  • 0% Coffee shop outside Herron Hall

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 58 responses

  • 5% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 29% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 48% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 56 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% Work-study positions
  • 17% Library
  • 0% Desk assistant

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