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Reviews 1075 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a good school I have some alumni family members and friends. I know a lot of other students there, and it's a nice campus

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I found myself at Calu which led me to change my major.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I chose my school because it is a beautiful campus with a well rounded education program. California University cares a lot about there students and there progression!

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The town of California is pretty poorly funded, only a few local places to eat as well as a small gas station. The locals are afraid of change to the town, so things such as Sheetz and Mcdonald's being placed in town are not happening anytime soon. Cal U is placed between 3 fairly large towns all about 20 minutes away, so there is plenty of things to do if your willing to drive. The classes are easy (I applied myself poorly, still have a 3.0 gpa), but most of the professors are nice and willing to help you as well as get involved in clubs and extracurriculars.

There are 3 or 4 small bars that you will see the same people at every weekend, this is definitely not a huge party school such as IUP.

Despite all of the negative I just listed, I can look back on my 3 years at CalU so far and say I am glad I went to college here. It is all what you make of it, I have met some amazing friends here and have some even crazier memories.

Bottom line, if you are looking for an academically challenging school where you see new faces every week, this is not the school for you. If you want to attend a cheap school that is trying to improve itself, while making plenty of friends and just obtaining your degree, this is a good choice for you.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Its close to the school

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are always great parties going on and also duing the day

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There quite a bit of stores and restaurants

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: They have good rules and stick by those rules

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's nice because there are a lot of options, a nice variety

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial aid is good, my only complaint is, you have to call or email to see what's going on with your financial aid especially if there is an issue. The employees there are not very personable

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Everyone is very nice and you can make a lot of great friends! Clean and there is good entertainment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Great prices and portions - not too many healthy options aside from Subway. Spuds is delicious and the Chinese lunch buffet is a bargain!

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Rules are not enforced too harshly and punishments are appropriate for minor offenses.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The Bistro has the best variety of foods - the pierogi soup is the best!

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not receive the financial aid I needed and very few scholarships were offered to me.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It gets old and nasty after a while.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish it was more, obviously, but I have not had problems with getting my information on my financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a few small chain resturants, but really only one place late at night. Best option is to drive out to Belvernon.

2 College Freshman

Administration: A lot of this is inapplicable to me, but I have not had any problems.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's a really ineffecient system. Need more characters.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed the residence halls. The in room bathrooms was honestly a big selling point for this school. I also enjoy the co ed enviornment. I have had no problem reregistering for rooming, and have had similar positive experiences with the CA's and other staff.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a perfect fit for my Major and the type of lifestyle I am used to. I am very happy that I chose it.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Sometimes it is hard to be placed in classes that you need each semester.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The field of study that I am in (Spanish) has many opportunities while attending this college. I am looking toward my future in Spanish and am very happy that I chose to attend California University.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really cannot comment on this program yet. I will be starting it this summer, so I will be able to obtain a better opinion.

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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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