Life at PennWest California and Campus Activities

Join the Fun and Reap the Rewards of PennWest California's Vibrant Campus

A student plays disc golf on the SAI Farm at PennWest California.

What's Life at PennWest California Like for Undergraduate Students?

Your experience at PennWest California is so much more than your courses. As an undergraduate student, you'll have a balanced, well-rounded living experience that fosters growth and character building both inside and outside the classroom. Our campus promotes healthy lifestyles and boasts some of the best university housing in the nation. And with countless opportunities to get involved in student clubs, events and activities, it's easy to connect at PennWest California. You'll be fully immersed in campus life, whether you live at PennWest California or commute to school.

Open House and Campus Events

Get a feel for what campus and academic life are really like at PennWest California. Attend one of our open house events to talk to professors and learn about student activities, athletics, programs of study and more. You'll also get a tour of student housing and the great facilities on campus, including the award-winning Natali Student Center and the Convocation Center.

If you can't make it to an open house or other campus event, schedule a campus visit for a time that's convenient for you.

View a calendar of open houses and events.

Schedule a campus visit.

A Concert on Campus.

Films, Concerts and Activities

Discover amazing entertainment and enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom. Thanks to PennWest California's student-run nonprofit corporation, the Student Association Inc., there's something for everyone nearly every day of the week.  


A research fair at PennWest California.

On-Campus Career and Internship Fairs

Explore your career options, make key connections and get hired! At PennWest California's job and internship fairs, you'll get the chance to meet representatives from companies and organizations who are actively recruiting students for internships, co-op (paid career-related experience) opportunities and full-time positions. These events are open to all students and alumni, regardless of major.

Learn more about career development at PennWest California.

PennWest California Traditions

  • Fans at Homecoming
  • Float and Parade at Homecoming
  • Band during Homecoming game
  • Greek Week Activities
  • Student in the Quad During a Greek Awareness Event
  • Football Team Members Help Build a Patio During the Big Event
  • A Student Pulls Weeds at a Local Store During Greek Week

Meet new people and share your school spirit! Each season at PennWest California brings a full slate of events, activities and traditions that bring people together and build upon the rich history of the University. Campus traditions include:

  • Homecoming and the Big Game: When the PennWest California Vulcans football team meets a rival at Adamson Stadium for the Big Game, everyone celebrates. Homecoming events include the election of Homecoming king and queen, a parade with local marching bands, float and banner contests, and more.
  • The Big Event: Each spring, PennWest California's student government sponsors a day of community service so students can show their appreciation to the town of California, Pennsylvania.
  • Greek Week: PennWest California's sorority and fraternity chapters get together every spring to participate in athletic - and sometimes wacky - contests.

Events for Parents, Students and the Whole Family

Parents, you're invited to join in the campus fun. PennWest California events for the entire family include Move-In Day activities such as a family picnic, and Family Weekend, an entire weekend of food, athletics and events devoted to bringing together parents, students, family members and friends.

Learn more about parent involvement opportunities at PennWest California.