California University of Pennsylvania Reviews

3.63 out of 5 stars
(32 Reviews)
  • California (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,726
68% of 32 students said this degree improved their career prospects
84% of 32 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Jane - 9/27/2020
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"This is not a real Ph.D program. The professors in the program have social work or law degrees or masters of laws. Only a few actually have doctoral degrees in criminal justice. In fact, the department chair only has a law degree from Cooley. After a couple of classes I saw it for what it was: police officers and probation officers who want to be called “doctor” but not really work for it with a real Ph.D program. I cannot say that the doctor of criminal justice is worth your time. You will be disappointed as to the level of teaching, the lack of publishing by your professors, and the lack of original thought by those in your co-hort. Save your money and your time and get a real Ph.D. If you can’t meet the academic qualifications and don’t mind taking on debt, then maybe Cal is for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
ZinCarlaH - 5/31/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"Teachers and staff alike are amazing to work with. They will listen to your needs and help guide you to what's right and wrong. I did have a great relationship with all my tutors and staff, always on task providing help and they do listen. When I went to CALU for the first time for my graduation day, some of the staff members I used to speak to online, made the time to come and congratulate me the day of my graduation and I am for ever thankful for that."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/10/2018
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"If you are looking for an online degree related to Computer Science do not go to Calu. I had classes where teachers do not submit grades on assignments for months. This made it hard for me to know how well I was progressing in the class. That same class the professor did not respond to my emails or discussion board questions for over a month. In my major related courses, the professor would always push you to ask questions on the discussion board but would give vague and short answers that did not help you learn the material. When I sought help from the online tutors at the Stem Lab they did not understand what was happening in my class, and could not help me. I feel as though you could get good grades and get by with Calu Online. However, I was hoping for more a learning environment. I was told going into the program that the online environment at Calu was very interactive, and set up similar to a classroom, but this is not the case."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Akil Patterson - 9/12/2018
Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2006
"The Program was new when i attended and they really had a lot of people trying to figure out what track each would be on, I wanted to focus on marketing but the team really had not yet moved in that direction. I will say that the staff was willing to support you at great lengths to make sure you got all the information you needed."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Akil Patterson - 9/12/2018
Degree: Sports Management
Graduation Year: 2006
"The Program was new when i attended and they really had a lot of people trying to figure out what track each would be on, I wanted to focus on marketing but the team really had not yet moved in that direction. I will say that the staff was willing to support you at great lengths to make sure you got all the information you needed."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Exercise Science Grad Student - 8/11/2017
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"The Exercise Science program can be very demanding, but in a very good way. It really pushes you to know your field well. The professors were very knowledgeable and always answered my questions in a timely manner, especially since the program I was in was an online program. That said, be prepared to do a lot of work, but know that it will help you understand your field better while also helping fine tune your skills in the area of exercise science. My experience with CAL U was exceptional and I would recommend this school and program to anyone!"
1.8 out of 5 stars
Registered Nurse - 4/27/2017
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." 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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Lindsey A. Tyrrell - 3/23/2017
Degree: Health Sciences
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!"
3.8 out of 5 stars
courtney - 3/22/2017
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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nicholas C. Nelson - 8/3/2016
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."
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