Introduction - 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-nine, consisting of classrooms, laboratories, student residence halls, and meeting places. Our location along the bend of the Monongahela River, is only 35 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

This is a photo of Noss Hall.

The school has more than eighty undergraduate courses of study, and twenty-nine graduate programs. Associate degrees and certification programs are also offered. Our institution has been nationally recognized for its excellent curriculum and character building qualities. The school's special mission is technology education, which is reflected in the accessibility of computers and cutting edge research equipment available for all students. The entire campus is wired with fiber optic cable.

Be certain to explore all our campus has to offer, such as exquisite stained glass windows of Pennsylvania wildflowers gracing the Grand Hall of Old Main. They were created by one of our emerita art professors, Leslie Parkinson. Another favorite site is The Gallery in Manderino Library. Located on the third floor, this intimate space features exhibitions from Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and other nationally recognized museums and private collections. Stroll through our outdoor sculptures garden culminating in the magnificent Ascent of Humanity that adorns the side of the Duda World Cultures Building.

Off-campus there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the region including hiking, rafting, bicycling, canoeing, skiing, horseback riding, and swimming. Nearby shopping includes Washington Mall off Route 70, Century III off Route 51, and South Hills Village off Route 19.

Pittsburgh offers fun from day to night, including hundreds of restaurants, shopping ranging from boutiques to handcrafts, professional baseball, football, and hockey, dozens of museums and galleries, and numerous musical, dance and performing art groups. Many students obtain internships or practica with businesses in Pittsburgh.

We hope you enjoy your visit. Please contact the Welcome Center (724-938-1626) for more information about visiting.

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