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From the Interim President

California University of Pennsylvania has been a place of opportunity for more than 160 years. Since the institution was founded in 1852, students have come to California to develop their character and build a strong foundation for their careers.

Today, Cal U offers a high-quality academic experience grounded in accredited programs that meet rigorous national standards. Undergraduates can choose from among more than 100 majors and concentrations, including a number of programs taught entirely online. A growing number of graduate-level degree, certificate and professional certification programs offer opportunities for advanced study and professional growth through traditional classes or Cal U Global Online.

Cal U faculty members are experts in their fields, and more than 80 percent have doctorates or other advanced degrees. Although many professors are involved in research or other scholarly pursuits, their top priority is teaching. Working side by side with a team of student support professionals, our faculty members are committed to helping every student achieve academic success.

Teaching and learning occur on our state-of-the-art campus, which is equipped for the digital age. Cal U has dozens of “smart classrooms” with Internet access and high-tech audiovisual capabilities. Wi-Fi is available campus-wide. A Teaching and Learning Center assists faculty members in utilizing this technology efficiently and effectively, so they can prepare our students to thrive in the technological environment of the 21st century.

Many academic programs include hands-on components, and students are encouraged to continue learning outside the classroom. Both the Career and Professional Development Center and the Internship Center give our graduates a competitive advantage in an increasingly challenging job market.

Cal U is a student-centered university, and we understand the importance of a vibrant campus environment. University housing is second to none. Students may choose to live in one of six secure, comfortable residence halls on our main campus, or enjoy apartment-style living in Vulcan Village, just over a mile away on our upper campus.

More than 100 student clubs and organizations offer leadership opportunities and a broad range of activities. The Herron Recreation and Fitness Center is open daily for individual workouts, group fitness classes and intramural sports. On the upper campus, Roadman Park and the Student Association’s SAI Farm host athletic contests and outdoor recreation, as well as academic projects and fieldwork. Renowned speakers, performers and entertainers visit our campus regularly, creating an atmosphere rich in culture and creativity.

In the words of our mission statement, Cal U is a diverse, caring and scholarly learning community. Inspired by our core values of integrity, civility and responsibility, we are dedicated to opening the doors of opportunity and guiding students as they work toward success in their education, their careers and their personal lives.

As interim University President and a proud alumna of this great University, I invite you to take advantage of all that Cal U has to offer.


Geraldine M. Jones