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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences, Other
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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2017

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...

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Degree: Conflict Resolution
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

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 !

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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

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