Awards and Rankings

A top-ranked education brings out the best in you.

At California University of Pennsylvania, we strive to be among the best public universities in the United States. Throughout our history, we've built a reputation for strong academics, great value and standout online and on-campus programs. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees are regularly ranked among the best college programs in the nation. 

Princeton Review

For 14 consecutive years, Cal U has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast. 

U.S. News and World Report

Best Online Programs, Bachelor's Degree Programs, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Best Online Programs, Graduate Education Program, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Best Online Programs, Graduate Nursing Program, 2015, 2017, 2018
Best Online Programs, Graduate MBA Program, 2016, 2017, 2018
Best Online Programs, Graduate Criminal Justice Program, 2016, 2017, 2018
Best Online Programs, Bachelor's Degree Programs for Veterans, 2015, 2017, 2018
Online Bachelor's Degree Programs with the highest 6-year completion rate  

Veterans and Military

MilitaryFriendlySchools.com - GI Jobs' Military-Friendly School, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Military Advanced Education - Top Military-Friendly University, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
Military Times EDGE - Best for Vets, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 

Fulbright Programs

Fulbright Specialist Program - Four current faculty have participated
Fulbright Student Awards - Two faculty participated as students
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant - 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019

Other Awards

2018
  • #3 Best Online Middle Eastern Studies Programs - SuccessfulStudent.org
  • #3 Top Online Paralegal Programs - Paralegal411.com
  • #4 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Sports Management - AffordableColleges.com
  • #5 Best ABA Master's Degree Program - ABADegreePrograms.org
  • #7 Top Online Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Applied Statistics - BestCollegeReviews.org
  • #8 Best Value Online Master's Degree in Social Science, Conflict Resolution - GradSchoolHub.com
  • #8 Best Online Master’s in Behavioral Psychology - TheBestSchools.org
  • #8 Best Online Master's in Criminology Programs - TheBestSchools.org
  • #9 Top Online RN to BSN Programs - BestCollegeReview.org
  • #10 Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania - BestColleges.com
  • #10 Best Online Master's in Negotiation & Conflict Management Programs - TheBestSchools.org
  • #10 Top 20 Best Colleges for Linguistics - OnlineCollegePlan.com
  • #12 Online Master's in Educational Administration - TheBestColleges.org
  • #13 Most Affordable Online Legal Studies Degrees - CollegeChoice.net
  • #13 Most Affordable Master's In Security  Degrees - CollegeChoice.net
  • #15 Top Master’s in Sport Mgmt Online - TopManagementDegrees.com
  • #17 Best Online Master's in Homeland Security Degree Programs - TheBestSchools.org
  • #18 Best Online Master’s in Secondary Education - TheBestSchools.org
  • #20 Best Online Master's in Sport Management - TheBestSchools.org
  • #20 Best Online Legal Studies Degrees - CollegeChoice.net
  • #24 Best Online Master's in Early Childhood Education Degrees - CollegeChoice.net
  • #25 Best Online Master's in Security Degrees - CollegeChoice.net
  • #28 Most Affordable Online Bachelor's in Computer Science - bestvalueschool.com
  • #49 Best Online MBA Programs (No GMAT Required) TheBestSchools.org
2017
  • #2 Top Online Degree Programs in Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Business Journal
  • #11 The 25 Best Student Union Centers - CollegeRank.net
  • #12 Top Online College for Bachelor's Degree - GuideToOnlineSchools.com
  • #13 The Most Affordable BSN Degrees Online - CollegeChoice.net
  • #15 Top Online College for Exercise Science Degree GuideToOnlineSchools.com
  • #20 Best Online Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice - BestMastersDegrees.com
  • #21 Top Online College for Secondary Education Degree GuideToOnlineSchools.com
  • #21 Top Ranked and Most Affordable Online Master's Degree Programs in Sport Management - BestMastersDegrees.com
  • #26 Top Online Colleges for an Online Masters Degree in Education - GraduatePrograms.com
  • Top 50 Best Value Online Bachelor's Degree of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - ValueColleges.com
2016
 
  • STEM Jobs Approved College Victory Media
  • #10 Best Value Online RN-BS - BestValueSchools.com
  • #16 for Student Success Outcomes (out of 206 public universities) - Eduventures 
  • #18 Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in Criminal Justice - BestDegreePrograms.org
2015
  • Diamond Award Best Graduate College - American Society of Registered Nurses
  • STEM Jobs Approved College Victory Media
  • #29 50 Safest College Towns in America - SafeWise
  • Best Online Master's Degree Programs, Criminal Justice - OnlineMastersPrograms.org
  • Best Online Master's Degree Programs, Psychology - Sports Psychology - OnlineMastersPrograms.org
  • Smart Choice SuperScholar 50 Best Online Master's Degree Programs, Early Childhood Education - SuperScholar.org
  • Top 50 Best Value Online MSN Programs - ValueColleges.com
2014
  • #3 Most Affordable Law Degree - Online College Rankings