The PennWest California Difference

The PennWest California Difference

So Much More Than a Degree!

Gain knowledge, lifelong friends and a career advantage

With world-class academics, state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the internationally renowned City of Pittsburgh, PennWest California offers more than just learning. 

Accredited and affordable, PennWest California provides students with an excellent educational experience at a tremendous value. Our professors are some of the best in their fields, committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor, and offering real-world experience. Eighty-seven percent of PennWest California's full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. Choose from hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, plus certificates, certifications and other special programs. Learn on campus, online or with a hybrid approach.

For 15 consecutive years, PennWest California has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. And we're proud to have earned many more awards, top rankings and distinctions.

How do we do it? By fulfilling our promise to be the absolute best in the areas that matter most to you. The result is a high-quality, value-packed degree that will help you reach your goals.

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Our Academics


PennWest California offers career-focused academic programs that engage students in applied and active learning. You'll gain a solid academic foundation in your chosen field, along with the skills that matter most to employers, including technology literacy, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. Our graduates consistently find work with top employers or enter distinguished graduate programs.

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Our Campus


Our campus is not only a beautiful setting, it's also full of energy and excitement in a safe, secure surrounding. PennWest California's campus is 294 acres of healthy living, friendly relationships and rich cultural diversity. With more than 100 student clubs and organizations, plus many other ways to volunteer and engage with the community, living and learning at PennWest California offers character-building, experience-enhancing activities.

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Your Advantage


We offer the experience you need for the career you want. Each year, more than 2,300 PennWest California students participate in internships and other hands-on learning experiences from fieldwork, research or time in the lab to clinical or student-teaching experience. The PennWest California Four-Year Graduation Plan offers students a unique combination of advising, course scheduling and individual attention, ensuring efficient and steady progress toward graduation in four years.

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