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Posted on June 29, 2017 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania Award Badge

California University of Pennsylvania is ranked No. 1 among the Best Four-Year Colleges in Pennsylvania by, a source for education information useful to current and prospective college students.

To determine its college rankings, researchers examined data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and other official sources.

In all, researched 1,649 four-year colleges and universities in North America, including Pennsylvania schools such as Temple University, Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The report from notes:

Educational access through distance education was a big part of the reason that California University of Pennsylvania took the No. 1 spot overall.”

Nearly two-thirds of all Cal U students take at least some coursework online, and Cal U “posted the No. 1 ratio of online degrees to campus-based study plans on our list.”

In addition to the convenience of online programs, Cal U provides an exceptional value for students seeking higher education, whether they attend classes on campus or online.

No other school on our list reported a lower median debt load for its graduates.”

Average tuition and fees tied for third-most affordable among top Pennsylvania schools. “Students at Cal U tend to graduate without breaking the bank,” the website says.

“Cal U is a … participating member of PA TRAC.”

PA Trac is a program that makes it easy for students from Pennsylvania’s community colleges, public universities and other participating schools to transfer their college credits to Cal U.

Through this statewide organization, schools agree to maximize the number of credits that transfer between institutions in order to keep students on track for graduation. 

Learn more

Read the report on Cal U and learn about the methodology used to rank colleges and universities.

See all of Cal U’s academic programs.

Learn more about online learning through Cal U Global Online.

Connect with the Office of Articulation and Transfer Evaluation to learn more about transferring to Cal U.