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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

Cal U of PA advertises their Master of Science in Nursing as being 100% online. Here's a quote from their current webpage: "The MSN program is delivered 100% online. No matter where you are in the world, you will have access to your classes 24/7, regardless of your time zone." http://go.calu.edu/index.do?infoId=nursing_msn But that isn't true. Due to my job requirements, family commitments, and personal health conditions, I deliberately selected a college that was advertising 100% online availability. Now I have a lot of time and money invested into a Master's degree, but am unable to finish the very last portion of the requirements. The practicum would require 2 days a week of me attending an in-person location, plus a 3 hour round-trip commute in addition. There is no way that I can do this with my job and other responsibilities. Again, that is why I selected a college that advertised 100% online, because I wanted to actually get my degree. If you have a life and need an online degree, please save yourself the time and money and pass on Cal U. Some of the faculty put on a lot of pressure to complete the course, regardless of how many times I explained my situation and pointed out that their website states that the program is 100% online. Oh, and also, I've found that it is difficult to transfer credits, because other colleges want students to take a certain/higher percentage of their courses with them. So you can't transfer the bulk of a degree to a new school with only one missing class to complete. So it is truly a terrible situation.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Graduation Year: 2013

CALU is a great school with a lot to be involved in! The University is making some really great updates to the campus an staff. The Communication Disorders program at CAL prepares students for graduate school and after graduation life. Professors are really invested in student success!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

I loved attending the university. The university provides a wide variety of programs to get involved in. Additionally, the college provides many opportunities to network and make contacts to help with future employments. The class sizes are adequate for the material being taught. I have had several professors who were on a first name basis with many of their students. My professors and supervisors have been able to assist with my career and education opportunities even after graduating. The educators are highly invested in the subjects they teach and are passionate about providing their students with the most relevant and necessary information for their futures.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

California University of Pennsylvania is a small state school located south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university has been nothing but outstanding, and has upgraded a lot of its facilities in the past few years. The smaller campus and small town it resides in gives it a somewhat of a cozy feel. The professor to student ratio is pretty small as well, which helps with the easy learning process. I have decided to major in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology, with a minor in Biology. The program has been amazing, I've had the opportunity to gain much needed hands on skills in the field with this line of study. The professors in the program are the best of the best in my opinion, several have even helped with endangered species work! The university and environmental program has also helped me with getting my internship. This internship has helped me learn to become more professionalized, and has also helped with learning more hands on skills, and guiding me in a path for the future. Overall, my time at California University of Pennsylvania has been nothing but a wonderful experience.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Graduation Year: 2001

California University of PA is part of the state college system of schools in Pennsylvania which is a rural setting and small class size which promoted interaction with the professors there. There are a lot of opportunities offered at CAL U of PA, you need to take advantage and apply yourself there.

4 out of 5
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Degree: International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
Graduation Year: 2012

The program doesn't offer any additional funding for going abroad, an to be honest, you need to go abroad to work in international affairs, global studies, global trade, etc. However, since it is a more affordable school, I was able to afford to go abroad twice, whereas at many other schools I was considering, this would not have been possible due to higher tuition. And if you are interested in going abroad but are on a budget, there are teaching abroad programs or some companies that offer paid placements, so it's still possible after graduation. Cal is a pretty great value overall. I would encourage people to check it out. I had a fantastic overall college experience.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Cal was a great education school. Certain professors were willing to do whatever was needed to help you achieve your goals. Since Cal is a big commuter school, the social life can be hard to live up to expectations, but can easily be achieved if you persevere and continue to look around for things to do.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2016

Helped me understand the business side of sports. Good pace and helpful information given during the courses. The workload prepares you for what you will face in the real world. I would recommend this school to anyone. Also to anyone who needs a flexible schedule.

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Degree: Health Education
Graduation Year: 2015

This was my first experience with online education! I work full-time & appreciated the gentle prompts to sign up for classes. Staff was always available to answer questions about educational requirements, registration or financial concerns. The customer service was impeccable and I always received a response from someone within 24 hours, even if I had contacted the wrong department! It was almost as if their goal was to make me their number one priority! Instructors were no less magnificent & were easy to contact, even on weekends and evenings. Instructors were so accessible, I never really felt like a long-distance learner! I enjoyed the different venues used by some of my instructors. One instructor used the Maestro classroom and I was able to chat with students from other regions and listen to lectures, raise my hand and ask questions as if I was in a real classroom. If you like a challenge, are somewhat self directed (but could also use a little direction) & enjoy responding to thought-provoking discussion topics, choose Cal U!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2012

The sports management program is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in the business of sport. The professors do a great job of setting up real life experience opportunities with professional sports organizations. This helps you get into the field of sports in your favorite way. Whether ticket sales, group sales, marketing and advertising or even being involved on the coaching side. Sports management can open a lot of doors and helps you grow as a networker of yourself and any product you endorse.

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