California University of Pennsylvania is situated in the perfect location for study - not too busy and not too quiet. If you would like to experience city life, both Pittsburgh and Morgantown are a short drive away from the campus. However, you can breathe in the fresh air of the countryside on the rural 294 acre site which is nestled in a river bend, surrounded by the natural beauty Pennsylvania has to offer.
A historical place to learn
California University was thought to be initially founded in 1852 and has been a centre of academic excellence ever since. Originally a small normal school and college bought by the California community, with tax dollars, the university earned its higher education status on 1 July 1983, and has been building on its reputation as one of the best universities in the area.
Academic excellence and sporting success
California University specializes in the teaching of education and human services, liberal arts, and science, business and technology. It also offers post graduate study which is ranked in the top three in the north east, as well as programs for Lifelong Learning for people of all ages. The average freshman retention rate is very high at 77%, which shows that nearly all students wish to carry on with their studies.
Athletic career boosts on campus
For those with a keen or professional interest in athletics, the California Vulcans athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and have won an impressive four national championships.
The Pennsylvania university excels in particular at women's volleyball, women's soccer and men's basketball. To house all these activities the university has just built the new Convocation Centre which will be largest indoor venue between Pittsburgh and Morgantown.
The Princeton Review has ranked California University as one of the best regional universities in the north-east since 2004, and with a strong focus on community, integrity and character, this university offers an enriching experience to all students who enter through its doors.
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