Academic AdvisingAcademic Advising

Academic Advising

Get the Most from Academic Advising

The University has embraced developmental academic advising. This goal-oriented, growth-oriented process helps students like you to:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses
  • Set realistic academic and other goals
  • Monitor progress toward achievement of these goals

Developmental academic advising is a process and your role is key. Read more about how you can make the most of your relationship with your adviser.

Benefits of a Big University, Personal Connections of Smaller School

Don't hesitate to take advantage of Cal U's extensive advisory and consultation services!  Students should feel free to consult with professors, academic advisers, department chairs, academic deans and staff of the Academic Scheduling Center. All of these University representatives maintain regular office hours for student consultations. Faculty advisers are available to assist students in planning their academic programs, but students have the responsibility for meeting all requirements for their degrees.

Helping You Achieve Your Goals

The Office of Academic Success is the foundation for student resources and the heart of student success.  We provide students with assistance and support to reach academic and personal goals.  The Academic Scheduling and Placement-Testing Center, which is part of the Office of Academic Success, serves to coordinate schedule development for entering and existing students, pre-register students in developmental courses, monitor successful completion of academic coursework, and provide academic assistance to all students, and serves as the area responsible for student retention and academic success, students on academic probation, and those seeking assistance of any kind.  The center does not replace faculty advising but helps to coordinate and supplement it. Meet the student success facilitators and other staff in the Office of Academic Success.  This office also advises undeclared students. If you have declared a major, the department for your area of study will assign you an adviser to help you meet your degree requirements and graduate in four years.

Academic Development Services Can Help

And there's more academic help available. The Department of Academic Development Services helps students successfully adjust to college and cope effectively with academic and related non-academic challenges.  The staff provides:

Instruction and Tutoring

First-year students can enroll in the three-credit Critical Thinking and Reading (EDU 110) and one-credit Career Planning (XCP 194) courses, as well as the First-Year Seminar (UNI 100).

The Tutoring Center helps students review lecture notes, textbooks and other course materials and prepares students to successfully complete course assignments.  Tutoring is available for courses in most academic disciplines.

Counselors are available to provide developmental academic advisement and educational and career guidance.  New students receive both an orientation and an academic plan.  Counselors help students schedule and register for courses. They also monitor students' academic performance and provide them with information on academic policies, procedures and practices.  Students can also discuss personal problems with counselors.  All discussions are confidential.

Help for Low-Income, First-Generation Students
Student Support Services provides academic support services to University students whose educational and economic backgrounds make completion of a degree program especially difficult. 

Upward Bound assists eligible students in completing a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.  The U.S. Department of Education has authorized California's Upward Bound projects to serve 9th- through 12th-grade students from 11 public school districts in Fayette and Greene counties.

Academic Development Services

Manderino Library 430-M

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


FAX 724-938-5981

Professor Melvin J. Sally II, Department Chair