California University of Pennsylvania Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • California (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,726
63% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
75% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Grad Student
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2022
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"Underwhelming. Not sure if it is the course materials, online environment, professors, departments, or just the institution as a whole but this program is NOT worth the paper my degree is printed on. Absolute waste. Stuck it out because when I realized that this program was not worth it, transferring would have been costly in both time and money. Basically, I was stuck there. Not to mention, "professors" barely communicate with students so asking for letters of recommendation seemed ridiculous. Most "professors" could more appropriately be called guides and some of them barely do that. Why don't actually teach and don't seem to care to try either. They are there for a paycheck and it is obvious. Some classes, grades weren't provided for assignments for 4-6 weeks!!! They don't respond to questions and when they do, it's a vague sentence or two. How am I supposed to improve as a student if I can't correct mistakes on new assignments? There was also A LOT of irrelevant homework. Things completely unrelated to classes that we were expected to know without any instruction being provided. Course materials listed as suggested turned out to be required as many assignments could not be completed without them. Most classes have noting to do with the concentration of study either. They are at best "filler" courses to achieve a certain number of credits. Overall, a frustrating experience and honestly this is a small fraction of the crap this place doles out as education. This whole institution is a joke."
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"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."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/10/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
"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."
Exercise Science Grad Student
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2017
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2015
  • Degree: Sports Management
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2015
  • Degree: Health Education
"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!"
Jeremy L.
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2015
  • Degree: Teaching
"I have not even begun this program yet, but have been impressed with the level of communication I've encountered concerning the application process. It has been quite some time since I've done this -- and for some of us "old-timers" this can be a confusing process (!) and the staff has been very helpful so far! I am looking forward to the program..."
Jamie B
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2015
  • Degree: Conflict Resolution
"Professor are helpful and don't mind helping out students. The campus is nice and clean. The food is pretty good. However the construction can make t a little confusing to get around. Sometimes the education department can be a little disorganized, but over all they do a good job."
Yoshihiko Endo
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Hello, I'm Y. E., a fitness trainer in japan. I earned my master's degree of exercise science through CALU's Global Online. Programs are delivered in various forms such as discussion with your classmates and professors, audio files, power point presentation ... etc. Before the start of first semester, my biggest concern was that my first language is not English, however my professors and classmates kindly helped me to adapt to the new learning environment. I'm still struggling with the language difference, but one thing for sure is that I'm still learning everyday. The best point about CALU Global Online is that you will be able to interact with classmates with unique backgrounds and various expertize from all over the world, besides, professors and school staffs are enthusiastic, kind, and friendly. I would like to highly recommend CALU for prespective students. CALU is the best of the bests !"
Kevin Turpel
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I am currently enrolled at CalU looking to and will eventually obtain my Masters of Science degree with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Sciences. I am very pleased with this university, the education track provided, the instructors/professors, and most importantly the Office of Web-Based Programs (other adminstratived personnel as well). From the start of my experience everything has been great; the office staff has helped develop a wonderful solution to allow me to obtain my Masters in a timely fashion while working, being married, and parenting three children. They've been very good at providing assistance when time comes for enrolling in upcoming classes. They've been very friendly when dealing with inquiries about class direction, tuition, and in circumstance when we've had to speak in person on the phone. The material within the educational track is exciting, applicable, and challenging yet easy to absorb. This is in part due to the class and activity structure, it is very conducive to gaining knowlege. I've recently returned to the schooling after 15 years of working, and everything about CalU and its staff has made me feel comfortable about learing in the Online environment. Please seriously consider giving CalU the opportunity to educate you for the future."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Probably since January I have been doing my research for what school I want to go to, and of course it is not the easiest decision to make because you also have to think of the future with employment. Since I started in January I have been trying to find the right school that best fits my needs for what I am doing currently, which is working full time in the A.M., so night classes is just out of the question. When I started looking more into online schools, (being that I took my masters degree online from Calu of Pa) I loved every minute there, what I have learned about online school is that it takes up a lot of time patients, you have to teach yourself, but yes your professors are there to guide you. I also had the professors for Undergrad as well, so I was not completely in the dark. There were so many choices to choose from when it comes to online schools and in the end Walden was the best choice, because of employment, some jobs WILL NOT except UoP, Kaplan University, etc. So far with signing up with Walden University my enrollment advisor has been great so far, and has emailed me back in a timely manner. Now I have been reading these reviews and I could not put my finger on why everyone is telling people to run from Walden University and then it dawned on me that, most people have never done an online class before and do not know what to expect or what to do. Most of the time you are doing the work yourself with reading, papers, tests, and discussions, the professor is there only for back up, grading papers and giving you feedback. I feel that most of the reviews want an easy ride just to move up in the world and get more money, but you get what you put in. In the end, if you have never done online classes before (more than 3 to gain experience) I would say to take some classes BEFORE you do your masters and or PhD online at Walden because it will not be a cake walk. Also I feel like I need to put this in that I am a real girl from Pittsburgh, Pa and I am not pulling anyone’s leg."
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I thought that this program was thorough. A few of the classes were just okay but overall, I feel that I learned a lot from the program and it prepared me for a future in the field. At times I was frustrated with the caliber of other students in the cohort but the teachers were great. I feel that the program motivated me through challenging course work and I feel that writing papers and discussions contributed to my knowledge. I would recommend this school."
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2012
"There is nothing good to be said about this university, except that some of the professors are truly amazing and wonderful at teaching. They work with what little equipment and budget they have to try to make a good experience for students, but it's hard because this school doesn't care about academics.There are also many professors who are not qualified to teach and shouldn't be. This school is a huge scam. They see to it that it's extremely difficult to graduate in four years, and they won't work with you or give you any help if you are trying to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. I've been here for five years and trying to get my degree has been an absolute nightmare. Tuition is always going up but classrooms are ill equipped and in buildings that haven't been renovated or updated since the 60's.All the money goes to things like the gym, the convocation center, the parking garage, the proposed new student union, but nothing goes towards improving academic buildings or buying new equipment. Housing in the town is awful.If you can't get into the dorms, you can get ripped off by vulcan village, or you can get ripped off by the shady landlords in town. I've never had pleasant dealings with any landlords in California. This school is absolutely terrible. It may be cheaper than some but it is definitely NOT worth it. Do yourself a favor and don't come here."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2010
"By far the best educational experience has been through California University of Pennsylvania's global online program. The professor's were knowledgable in their fields, most having held careers in the fields they taught.The course requirements were rigorous. I was obtaining a degree in a field I had worked in for nearly 20 years and actually learned something new and was challenged by the curriculum. The online format, available resources and tools were all exceptional and contributed to enhancing the learning experience.There were no easy grades to be had in this program. I found that I had to work harder for the grades I obtained in the online format than in a traditional classroom setting. While a traditional class is only 50 minutes each week. I found myself spending 9-12 hours per week and each course.The advisors were actual advisors not telemarketers. When I started researching online schools, I was hounded by telemarketers who only wanted to enroll me and get my money. CALU's advisors sent me the information I requested, answered my questions promptly and never, ever made me feel like I was a pocket with money. Rather they treated me with courtesy and respect, like I was an actual student before I even enrolled. Once I enrolled, they still treated me with courtesy and respect. They addressed any concerns and were professional and helpful in every way.There is absolutely nothing I can criticize about this school or the programs taught. That is not to say that my entire experience was without incident. I can say that every issue or problem I had was promptly addressed and resolved.California University is an excellent school. I highly recommend this school to everyone."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2010
"I am in my last semester in an online masters program at CALU. I have absolutely loved this school and program. The faculty has been great to work with. I have never been to Pennsylvania in my life but I have been able to attend their school and I feel like I have received a quality education.I loved the online format that allowed me to "go" to school at anytime of the day or night. I work full time so this has been a real benefit. I interacted with students from other areas of the country and learned about their teaching experiences. I would suggest this school to anyone that wants to attend school online for an affordable price."