California University Of Pennsylvania


California University of Pennsylvania, a comprehensive regional institution of higher education and a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a diverse caring and scholarly learning community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies that is devoted to building character and careers, broadly defined.

Check out the June 9 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, which featured Cal U as its cover story!

As you visit our campus, you will be struck by the contrast between old and new buildings. Some of the structures date back to the mid 1800's, while the newest facility, The Eberly Science Technology Center, was completed in 1999.

California University or Cal U, as it is affectionately called, began in 1852 as California Seminary. It eventually became California Normal School, then California State Teachers College, and finally California University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, the number of structures has grown from one building to thirty-nin... [ Read All ]


United States

250 University Ave.
PA 15419
Phone: 724.938.4000

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Our Aims

he mission of California University of Pennsylvania is to build the character and careers of its students. And while building careers seems normal for universities, building character may seem less so. But the rationale for building character as well as careers is best seen in these words by Theodore Roosevelt: “To educate a person in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Since 1852, thousands of eager students have seized the opportunity to develop their character and careers here and, in so doing, have improved their lives and the lives of those around them.

To advance its ultimate mission of building the character and careers of students, the University relies on committed faculty, motivated students, challenging programs, and exceptional facilities. We invite you to meet our faculty and students, to evaluate our academic programs, and to tour our facilities.

Since learning at California University is not restricted to one’s academic major, the university experience here is a broad one, involving many co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. Students can select from a number of academi...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

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The Department of Art and Design provides professional degrees in Art and Design as well as a liberal arts degree in Art Education. These programs foster critical and analytic thinking and problem solving skills, communication skills, individual initiative and responsibility, professional knowledge and performance skills in a broad range of art media, and an understanding of historical context and the role of art and design in the history of humankind. The primary emphasis is on the development of concepts, skills, and sensitivities essential to the professional artist, designer, or art educator.

News and Events

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2007 through July 16, 2007 Summer College Registration Begins February 19-Please see link ...More Info

March 22, 2007 Karpinski Keynote Speaker/Fitch Women's Studies Conference-7 p.m., Morgan Hall Auditorium ...More Info

March 24, 2007 Academic Open House-8:30 a.m. check-in. Call 724-938-1626 for more details. ...More Info

March 29, 2007 through April 19, 2007 Intercollegiate Juried Art Exhibition-Manderino Gallery of Fine Art ...More Info

Information For  Undergraduates

Programs The department offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Art which also has the option of K-12 certification through a cooperating institution, and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree allowing students to develop a concentration of 18 advanced level credits and a minor of 12 advanced level credits in any of the following studio areas: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Drawing, Crafts, Graphic Design, or Fashion Design. The Bachelor of Arts in Art is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad range of studio areas without concentration in any one area. With this degree, students can also complete additional courses to obtain K-12 certification, currently through Carlow College. The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design combines the strengths of the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology to provide strong design and technical skills to students seeking technology oriented design careers. The department also offers a minor in Graphic Design, as well as a General Ar...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Careers Graduates with a B.A. or B.F.A. in art have job opportunities in a variety of fields:
museums, art galleries, medical illustration, or graphic design. The B.F.A. degree program also prepares students for entry into graduate degree programs, particularly the Master of Fine Arts degree, which is the terminal degree in art. A minor or second major in another field further expands career options, including historic preservation, art therapy, law, and government. Graduates with a B.A. with art certification are certified to teach art K-12 in the public or private schools, and can pursue careers in museums or art/cultural centers teaching or directing museums’ education programs in art. Graduates with the B.S. in Graphic Design have plentiful opportunities for careers in the expanding fields of advertising, graphic design, and web design.  


On campus we've built 5 new, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned residence halls, with construction underway for 1 more. When our housing construction is complete, there will be 6 new residence halls available for on-campus living  

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