CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE FOR A SECOND. HERE’S THE COOL THING: Every single person who read that line pictured something unique, something personal. That’s what the future is. It’s your vision for how you want to build your life. At California University of Pennsylvania, that’s what we help you achieve. We’ve built a comfortable and safe environment where you can be challenged – while still being supported. You’ll be living on your own, but you’ll
never be alone. Because you’ll be a Vulcan. And together we can build a pretty great future. Each one of the student stories in this book is an example of how real people built the future they’ve always wanted here at Cal U. Now, we don’t want you to do exactly what they did. We just want to show you how your interests, your passions and your drive can make the most of what we have to offer.
Use this book to think about how you want to shape your future. Read the stories and check out the videos at CALU.EDU/OURVULCANS. You may just find Cal U is the right place for you to build you.
YO U R F U T U R E
HELPING HANDS MAKE SURE YOU LOOK AT WHO WILL HELP YOU ADJUST TO COLLEGE LIFE. Like a lot of future Vulcans, Maggie Cave was looking at a number of schools. But the reason she chose Cal U might sound a little surprising: the quality of the help she got from the Office of Admissions. Maggie didn’t know anything about the campus at first, but the Office of Admissions took the time to get to know her as a person, answer her questions and give her a first-hand look at what the Cal U difference is all about. “They did more than just read my file. They really got to know me and my interests. They even helped me decide on my major – and find an internship in Washington, D.C.” Now she’s at home on campus, getting ready for her junior year, and working in the Welcome Center as a New Student Orientation Leader. And she feels that the Office of Admissions is still a major factor in building her future her way. Let our admissions counselors help you make the right choices for your future. When we say they are there for you, it’s true, not just talk.
My admissions counselors still check in on me – they don’t just drop you once you’re enrolled. I feel like I’ve got an ally that I could take any issue or life challenge to. It’s like my second home.
A D MI S S I O N S
Admissions at Cal U
UNDERGRAD AT CAL U Whether you’re straight out of high school, returning from the military or work world, or a transfer student, Cal U has a fit for you. When you choose Cal U, you’ll be able to build the perfect combination of the finest academics available
YOU HAVE PLANS. AND WE HAVE THE OPTIONS YOU NEED TO MAKE THOSE PLANS A REALITY.
and modern facilities that fit your needs. All in a setting
At California University of Pennsylvania, you can take
tremendous value, and our dedication has gained some
that next step – either as an undergraduate or graduate
serious attention. For 16 consecutive years, Cal U has been
student. Study on campus or online; you’re still a Vulcan
named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The
to us. And you’ll have access to some of the most caring,
Princeton Review. And that’s really just the tip of
most experienced professors you’ll find anywhere.
that’s set apart but still close to a world-class city. We’re proud to bring you a tremendous education at a
17:1 AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
OF CAL U’S FULL-TIME FACULTY HAVE EARNED THE HIGHEST DEGREE IN THEIR FIELD.
140+ MAJORS & MINORS UNDERGRAD
COME AND SEE US, SCHEDULE A VISIT, OR ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE. YOU’LL SEE THE CAL U DIFFERENCE. So how do we make education great for you and your future? We’re dedicated to what we do, and to what you want to achieve. You’ll notice the difference. And appreciate the extra care.
Apply online at calu.edu/apply with the easy Common Application.
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GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT CAL U Whether you’re looking to excel in your profession, start a new career path, explore a fresh interest, or simply fulfill a lifelong dream, a Cal U graduate degree is a smart investment in your future. Choose from over 90 graduate degrees, certificates, or certifications – and then choose to study on campus, online, or a little of both. No matter how you build your graduate degree, you can be sure it will be accessible, affordable, and fulfilling.
A D MI S S I O N S
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WHEN THE WEATHER GETS GLOOMY, THIS STUDENT SHINES. As a meteorology major, Aaron Haegele found a better forecast for his future thanks to his experience at Cal U. His family enjoyed outdoor recreation, which gave him an early appreciation for the weather, an interest that set him on a promising career path. At Cal U, he had access to a tight-knit department and an intriguing advance in the field – using drones to analyze storm damage. Working closely with the National Weather Service, Aaron flew drones over possible tornado touchdown sites. By looking at the patterns created by downed trees and other debris, Aaron could tell if a particular path of destruction was caused by a tornado. He knew Cal U would present some amazing opportunities. As a student in the Eberly College of Science and Technology, Aaron took advantage of all Cal U has to offer.
Watch Aaron’s story at calu.edu/aaronhaegele
I’m excited to take what I’ve learned at Cal U to grad school in environmental engineering – to build a better future for us all.
E B E R LY COLLEGE OF SCI E NCE AND T EC H N O LO GY
DEPARTMENTS Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences Business, Economics and Enterprise Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems and Engineering Technology Exercise Sciences and Sport Studies Mathematics and Physical Sciences Nursing and Health Sciences
A closer look at the Eberly College of Science and Technology BUILD YOUR FUTURE. WITH SCIENCE! As you might expect, we take a pretty systematic, some might say scientific, approach to helping you build your future with a certificate, minor, associate, or bachelor’s degree. Each curriculum includes both General Education and a professional education component. The General Education component ensures that students will receive a well-rounded education – to help you better prepare for the unknowns you’ll face at work and in the community. The professional component includes the necessary technical, scientific, business, and/or support courses to provide the basis for immediate employment or advanced study in a professional area. The concepts you learn in class will be frequently put to the test in laboratory and workshop experiences to deepen your understanding of your field. Plus, several programs provide opportunities to participate in either an internship in business or industry or a clinical year of study in a hospital setting. Many of the programs have received or are pursuing national or international accreditation.
E B E R LY COLLEGE OF SCI E NCE AND TEC H N O LO GY
It doesn’t matter what others want you to do or think will be best. Do what you love and you’ll never go to work – you’ll get paid to do something that you enjoy.’
FAMILY TRADITION SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO TEACH. AND THAT LED HER TO CAL U. Even as a kid, Rachel Wilkinson wanted to be a teacher. So she decided to follow her dream, and her family, to Cal U. “Both my grandparents got elementary education degrees from Cal U. So did my father and sister-in-law, and they all loved the program. It was an easy choice.” Once she made the move to Cal U, things really took off. She found herself in a classroom starting in the second semester of her first year – and she’s been gaining valuable field experience ever since. As part of her program, she’s earned an Integrative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. And she found clubs centered around her major that have built her confidence, her professional network, and her leadership skills. Rachel’s Cal U experience taught her a valuable lesson: It’s important to build your future your way.
Watch Rachel’s story at calu.edu/rachel
COLLEGE OF E D UCATI ON AND LI BE R A L A RTS
DEPARTMENTS Criminal Justice and Psychology Culture, Media and Performance Education Health and Human Service Professions Humanities Health and Human Service Professions
A closer look at the College of Education and Liberal Arts
BUILD YOUR FUTURE. BUILD A FUTURE FOR OTHERS.
Preparing the next generation is a big part of building a future that we can all be proud of. Thatâ€™s why we offer transformational learning opportunities in fields ranging from education to social work and from political science to English. The Department of Education offers programs that prepare students to become certified teachers in Pre-K through 12 classrooms In addition, students are prepared to make a meaningful difference through liberal arts and human services programs.
COLLEGE OF E D UCATI ON AND LI BE R A L A RTS
I wasn’t sure of what I could achieve, but now I’m really driven to keep writing stories. I know I can do this now.
THE STAGE IS HER WORLD SHE DIDN’T START IN THEATER, BUT IT’S WHERE SHE FOUND A HOME. After she came to Cal U, Alyssa Freeman discovered that her passions, and her considerable talents, were found in the theater. Alyssa’s path hasn’t been super easy, but she found her voice, and gained some impressive recognition. One of her plays was awarded Best College Show at the Fringe Festival in Pittsburgh. And while she did the writing, she couldn’t have gotten there without the help and support of the tight-knit Culture, Media and Performance. The confidence Alyssa found at gave her the courage to keep going and keep writing. And now, the world is her stage.
Watch Alyssa’s story at calu.edu/alyssa COLLEGE OF E D UCATI ON AND LI BE R A L A RTS
A closer look at the College of Education and Liberal Arts FIND YOUR PATH. BUILD YOUR FUTURE.
Before we get too far here, let’s talk about a liberal arts education. You’ve probably heard from people who may be amused by the phrase, depending on their mood. Let us tell you what to say. A liberal arts education is designed to give you the tools to be a flexible thinker, one who can adapt to an uncertain future. And that’s a pretty cool skill, right? The five departments in this college offer a diverse array of majors and minors, promote academic excellence, and prepare students for meaningful work and service in arts, humanities, education and social sciences. And if you want to combine disciplines, you can do that, too. Liberal arts graduates often score high-paying jobs as developers, administrators, and specialists.
COLLEGE OF E D UCATI ON AND LI BE R A L A RTS
The Community Assistants and Residence Hall Directors act as the backbone of the Residence Life community.
ROOM TO GROW YOU CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE AFTER CLASS LETS OUT. Housing choices were a big reason Sydney Holley chose Cal U. She loved the unique feel, the amenities, and all the space she’d have. There was one additional aspect of her life in the residence halls that she really liked, and it actually helped shape her future – and change her major. “Watching residence hall directors helped me realize that I really wanted to work with young children in my future and to help those in need achieve a prosperous future,” Holley explained. We’ve always felt that living on campus at Cal U is an important part of completing the university experience. It’s why we’ve gone the extra mile to create safe, inviting, fun spaces that help put students at ease and give them the ideal launching pad to build their future their way.
HOUSI N G & D I N I N G
Learning, sleeping, and living at Cal U. WHEN CLASS LETS OUT, COLLEGE LIFE BEGINS.
Your college years are about more than getting your degree. They help shape the adult you’ll become. It’s a crash course in making schedules – and keeping to them. It’s where you learn to adult. And it’s where you’re likely to meet some of your best friends. Living on campus helps complete that experience by giving you a safe, secure, and fun space to live and learn. The residence halls at Cal U are bigger, nicer, and more private than you’d expect. And they have all the amenities and services you’ll need in your first few years of starting out on your own. And they’re all included in the cost of housing.
LOADS OF AMENITIES: Air conditioning Free high-speed wireless internet Carpeting Personal mailbox HD cable TV hook up Computer lab Community room
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TV area with large-screen TV and DVD player, a full kitchen, game area, and vending machines Lounges and study rooms along with recycling areas on every floor Laundry room on every floor
Honors Residence Hall:
Right in the heart of the campus, our six
If you attend the University Honors Program,
Vulcan Village is a garden-style apartment
smoke-free, co-ed residence halls put
you’ll have the opportunity to live in a special
complex, located a mile-and-a-half from campus.
you in the middle of everything Cal U has
hall. It offers easy access to the University
Owned and operated by the nonprofit Student
to offer. All units are furnished and bigger
Honors Program offices, computer labs, and
Association Inc. (SAI), these 10 three-story
than average and most students share a
study rooms reserved exclusively for honors
buildings offer comfort and independence
bathroom with only one other person.
students. It can be the perfect choice for
while still having the support that comes with
first-year honors students looking to live and
university housing. You’ll have more freedom,
socialize with honors upperclassmen.
but you won’t need to pay extra for utilities.
HOUSI N G & D I N I N G
Feeding hungry minds – dining at Cal U.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE FOOD HERE? Do you enjoy ethnic foods? Gourmet burgers? Made-toorder wraps and salads? Vegetarian or gluten-free options? We have it all. Cal U dining locations include our all-you-care-to-eat Gold Rush dining center, plus food court and coffeehouse options, Sycamore Bistro, and Chick-fil-A Express.
There’s even an online ordering system, so you can place an order and have your food court or Sycamore Bistro meal ready and waiting when you stop to pick it up. You’re not going to starve. But let your family send you cookies occasionally – it makes them feel better.
ALLERGENS IN OUR GOLD RUSH DINING FACILITY’S “SAFE ZONE”
HOUSI N G & D I N I N G
CHAIN REACTION WORKING WITH TWO PROFESSORS, HE’S FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS. Tyler M. Klenk was a finance major who spread his wings into application development. Working as a research assistant, he and his professors found a way to use blockchain technology to merge three national tracking systems to quickly determine which patients are trying to get multiple prescriptions filled – and which pharmacists are filling an abnormally high number of opioid prescriptions. It was a major undertaking, and one that Tyler couldn’t have done without the supportive student-faculty relationship and focus on experiential learning that make a Cal U education so valuable. His work has paid off with a Presidential Scholar Award, and it’ll certainly pay off in the future. Tyler found success and a close working relationship with his mentors and professors. Our Office of Academic Success can help you develop your particular strengths and skills, identify your interests, and set a path toward accomplishment.
Watch Tyler’s story at calu.edu/tyler
The professors here are great. They really love seeing students go above and beyond, and theyâ€™ll help you find opportunities to grow.
ACAD E M I C S U C C ES S
Your success starts here. WE’LL GIVE YOU THE HELP YOU NEED TO SUCCEED. At Cal U, we take pride in helping students find their own way to the future they’ve always wanted. But we know everyone doesn’t always start on the same page. That’s why the Office of Academic Success has several programs to set the stage for first-year success. We have the tools to help you put your drive and ambition into motion. Here are just some of the ways we can help you create the best plan to reach your academic and career goals.
Our First-Year Seminar course will help address issues you might come across, like developing academic success skills, enhancing communications skills, and exploring your interests. Our Peer Mentoring Program can connect you with one of over 600 returning students who are willing to volunteer their time and share their experiences from their first year. Your mentor can help you adjust to university life with guidance, encouragement, and the first-hand knowledge that only can come from someone who’s been in your shoes.
START WITH A PLAN. END WITH A PURPOSE.
The Four-Year Graduation Plan is a blueprint you can follow to get your degree in four years. It offers incoming students guaranteed savings in time and money as you work toward completing your baccalaureate degree. We’ve packed together a unique combination of advising, course scheduling, and individual attention to give you the power to make efficient and steady progress toward graduation in four years.
Learning communities give first-year students the chance
The Scheduling Center provides one-on-one assistance with
to take several courses with the same group of students
scheduling the right classes at the right time. We’ll help you
from your major. It’s an immersive way to get to know the
implement the recommendations of your faculty advisor,
people you’ll spend much of your college career with.
develop a schedule for the upcoming semester, understand
Alpha Lambda Delta is the National Honor Society for first-year students, and it’s open to students who earn a
General Education requirements, monitor your progress – and even evaluate alternative majors if necessary.
3.50 or higher GPA in their first semester. Students in this
The Placement Testing Center administers the tests you
prestigious society provide community service, develop
may need to take to determine the best mathematics and
leadership skills, and foster career skills. You can even
writing courses for you. It also offers tests to earn credit
compete for scholarships.
equivalents for certain entry-level courses. That’s fancy
college-speak for testing out of entry-level courses. ACAD E M I C S U C C ES S
HORSIN’ AROUND SHE KNEW THE CAMPUS. SHE KNEW HER MAJOR. BUT CAL U WAS STILL FULL OF SURPRISES. Danielle Thompson came to Cal U as a quiet, reserved kid who knew she wanted to teach. The secondary education program and her job at the student Welcome Center forced her out of her comfort zone, and she truly branched out. Even better, she found the Equestrian Team and became a captain – keeping up with a passion for horses that started at the age of 2. Cal U’s clubs and organizations set a standard for Danielle. While we didn’t chart her path, we gave her the tools to build her future, her way.
Watch Danielle’s story at calu.edu/danielle
I think Cal U is one of the few universities that is truly willing to invest in its students â€Ś I know Cal U is preparing me for a bright and successful future.
CLUB S & OR GA N I ZAT I O N S
It’s not all fun and games. But it’s close.
DISCOVER CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS AT CAL U.
If you’ve read a bunch of college brochures, by now you’ve probably noticed that they all talk about how many clubs and organizations they have. (If you haven’t yet, don’t worry. We did. And they do.) Ever wonder why? Sure, everyone likes to have fun. But there’s another reason: clubs and organizations make you a part of campus life. And when you’re part of campus life, you’re more likely to want to stay in school. Simply put, students who participate in at least one club or organization at Cal U are more likely to stay and graduate. And that is a great reason to get involved. There are well over a hundred clubs and organizations recognized by Cal U. There are professional- or major-focused clubs like the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), Economics Club, Anthropology Club, and the like. There is the Black Student Union, Rainbow Alliance, and International Club. And there are club sports teams, too, such as archery, hockey, baseball, and rugby. And of course, there’s student government, a student newspaper, a student TV station and a whole lot more. NEW
A P TATION S TV UBS
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS RELATED TO MAJORS OR PROFESSIONS
CLUB S & OR GA N I ZAT I O N S
GAME DAY COMMITMENT. DEDICATION. CHAMPIONS. For spectators, Cal U athletics means top-notch competition all year long. It’s a great way to get together with family and friends while they cheer on the Vulcans. Cal U fields 18 varsity sports teams in NCAA Division II competition. In addition to providing exciting competition, our teams and coaches strive to provide ample opportunities for personal growth. Go, Vulcans!
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Excellence on the field – and in the classroom. ATHLETICS AT CAL U. Student-athletes attending Cal U will find a learning environment that is tailored to their needs and expectations. Cal U Vulcans have a history of on-field excellence, and our approach to education is in many ways perfectly suited to students who’ve come to demand more from themselves. 35
At Cal U, we help students find value in practice, whether it is on the field or in the classroom. And this is true across our campus. Cal U professors and administrators value hard work, preparedness, and a desire for excellence – and that probably sounds a lot like your high school coach. Our student-athletes are given the tools to excel in life, as students and beyond.
Basketball Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field
Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
(Indoor & Outdoor)
WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES DESIGNED FOR THE ATHLETES – AND OUR FANS. Baseball – Wild Things Park Men’s and Women’s Basketball / Volleyball – Convocation Center Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Tennis – Roadman Park Football / Men’s and Women’s Track & Field – Adamson Stadium Men’s and Women’s Golf – Cedarbrook Golf Course Men’s and Women’s Soccer – Phillipsburg Soccer Facility Softball – Lilley Field Swimming – Hamer Hall
ATH LETE S PA RTIC IPAT E
NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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I came to Cal U because it was time for an adventure. It was now or never.
LIFE GOALS LUCAS EXNER FOLLOWED A CHANCE TO PLAY SOCCER ALL THE WAY FROM MUENSTER, GERMANY, TO CAL U. He found a welcoming community and a world of new experiences. This sport management major served as a goalkeeper for the Cal U soccer team. Being part of that team eased him into college life in the U.S. – including community service events and his first Thanksgiving at a teammate’s house. But what was the biggest surprise that came with studying at Cal U? Here, professors treated him like an individual, not a number. And with the support of the Office of International Programming and Study Away, Lucas found his own unique place. It’s not an experience he could get at a bigger university. And it made the journey more than worth it.
Watch Lucas’ story at calu.edu/lucas I NTE R NATI ONAL STUD E NTS & ST U DY AWAY
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FINDING YOUR OWN WAY CAN HAVE DELICIOUS RESULTS. Jerron Corley is an entrepreneur and a pretty amazing chef. After taking an entrepreneurship class in high school, he started his own cookie-making business, and he’s using the proceeds to help pay for his education. He found that Cal U has the perfect mix of classroom education, experiential learning, and independent opportunities for growth. A journalism major, he worked at the student paper, networked through the student ambassador program – and he found plenty of other entrepreneurial students to share his experiences. Like Jerron, you can find your recipe for success at Cal U. The Career Advantage team is here to help.
Watch Jerron’s story at calu.edu/jerron
I definitely felt supported by the faculty and staff. Plus, there was always something happening at Cal U. And that was inspiring.
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The Advantages of Career Advantage WANT A BRIGHTER FUTURE? WE’VE GOT THIS.
To help you build the future you’ve been looking for, we’ve built a plan. It begins before first year, and it follows you. We’ll help you gauge your interests, identify your skills, and decide on a major that best suits you. And then we’ll help you set out on a career path that matches your talents and aspirations. Career Advantage helps you get the most out of your experience – giving you the chance to explore all of your career options to find the best fit. And at graduation, there’s even a Career Advantage Certificate or graduation cords. Well, that and the knowledge that you’re on your way to building a better future for yourself and your community.
After graduation, Cal U grads achieve* TOP
WHERE CAL U GRADS GO
Education | Business | Nonprofits | Government | Health, Wellness & Fitness | Hospital & Health Care | Technology & Engineering
77% ARE EMPLOYED IN POSITIONS RELATED TO THEIR CAREER INTEREST
are employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation 41
* Survey results of 1,334 Cal U graduates of the class of 2019
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE. We’d love to talk to you specifically about planning your future. So, feel free to ask us any questions you may have: big questions, little questions, odd questions – we want to hear from you. Call the Career & Professional Development Center at 724-938-4413.
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At a campus like Cal U that’s small and very personable, you can email your professors, and they’ll actually respond.
A SECOND CHANCE JEREMY C. TRAVELED A PARTICULARLY BUMPY ROAD TO GET HERE. But he got his life back on track, and he’s building a future he can be proud of – thanks, in part, to the supportive environment at Cal U. He started at another school, experienced personal trauma, and found himself in a tailspin that eventually landed him in jail, but that’s not where his story would end. He found his inner strength, found his center, and eventually found his calling as an electrical engineering major at Cal U, where he’s building his future – one day at a time. Regardless of the challenges you face, our Office of Student Affairs gives you the tools, stability, and environment to achieve your goals.
Watch Jeremy’s story at calu.edu/jeremy
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Live. Learn. Laugh. Grow.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU MAKE COLLEGE LIFE MORE LIVABLE.
So, what exactly is the Office of Student Affairs? Simply put, we’re the department for students. It’s our job to make sure you have the resources to find the right leadership opportunities for your personal and professional growth. Whether that takes the form of joining a student organization, attending campus-sponsored events, using the Recreation Center, or visiting Student Wellness Services, we make sure they’re there for you when you need them. Our focus is making sure that your time at Cal U is a success intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, and developmentally. And we are always committed to giving you the total Cal U student experience – inside the classroom and out. 45
Our goal at the Office of Student Affairs is to be there for you every step of the way with services you can count on every single day. Because when you’re a Vulcan, you’re one of us – for life. CalCard Services Cal U Student Bookstore Campus Ministry Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services Conference Services & Convocation Center Dining & Hospitality Fraternity & Sorority Life LGBTQA+ Support Services Military and Veterans Affairs Jennie Adams Carter Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Natali Student Center Office for Students with Disabilities PSECU Financial Services Recreational Services
Herron Fitness Center Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Intramurals & Group Fitness Sports Clubs
Student Association, Inc./SAI Farm/ Clubs & Organizations Student Activities, Programming & Leadership Student Media Services Multimedia Access Center (Mac Lab) CUTV WCAL Radio Cal Times Newspaper
T.R.A.I.T. (University Threat Assessment Coordination) University Housing & Residence Life Vice President’s Office Class Excuses
Administrative/Medical Withdrawals Student Conduct Student Liaison Services & more!
Alcohol & Other Drug Education Counseling Center End Violence Center Health & Wellness Education Student Health Center – Services – 24 hour/five days per week Student Wellness Support Services - 24 hour/five days per week The PARC (Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center)
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FINANCIAL PLANNING SHE FOUND SHE HAD A LOT TO LEARN – EVEN BEFORE CLASS STARTED. “I wanted to make the smartest choice for me. Comparing tuition prices, class sizes, and the beauty of the campus, Cal U was the smart choice.” Abby Wingrove majored in secondary education. As the first member of her family to attend college, she and her family quickly realized they had a lot to learn – especially when it came to the costs of, and paying for, college. “Neither my parents nor I knew anything about financial aid when I began college, so being able to get fast, accurate answers from the Office of Financial Aid was a huge plus.” What they learned is that Cal U has a wide range of scholarships, grants, and work-study options to make paying for college just a little bit easier. Abby found a number of scholarships specific to her major and was awarded the Thomas L. & Nancy Crumrine Family Scholarship. She also landed a workstudy job at the Kara Alumni House, which gives her the chance to earn extra money, make valuable connections, and keep up on her school work all at once.
I would recommend this school to anyone. There is room for individual, educational, and professional growth. Anyone would be lucky to attend Cal U!
FINANCIAL AID â€˘
ISN’T ALL OF THIS REALLY COMPLICATED? LIKE IRS-LEVEL COMPLICATED? It’s not as difficult as you think. But don’t worry: when you’re a Vulcan, you’re never on your own – especially when it comes to doing something that we’ve got a lot of experience in. We’ve helped thousands of families navigate this process over the years, and we always have time for you. Contact our office with your big questions, your small questions, and every question in between. We’ll get you where you need to go.
And now we answer the big question: cost. LOOK, WE KNOW THAT COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE. But start with the knowledge that Cal U has one of the lowest student-to-debt ratios in the state of Pennsylvania. And more than that, we give you plenty of options. And while expenses really weigh on your mind as you’re looking for a place to build your future, you should know that our financial aid staff works closely to help you secure the funding you need to help you make a Cal U education as affordable as possible. One of the ways we do that is by compiling an impressive mix of financial aid options.
I DON’T QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL AID, DO I? Very likely you do. Approximately 90% of all Cal U students receive some sort of financial aid. We work with students and families to find the right resources to make a Cal U education a reality. Options include scholarships, need-based grants, work-study, and loans based on a family’s ability to pay. Payment plans and other financing programs are also available.
DON’T I HAVE TO PAY ALL THAT BACK, THOUGH? Not necessarily. Sure, any loans you take out to pay for school do need to be paid back, but a school like Cal U can also unlock a world of scholarship and grant opportunities for you. And those don’t need to be paid back. In fact, you may already be well on your way to earning up to $3,500 to go toward your first year. The Vulcan Merit Scholarship can award you between $2,000 and $3,500 based on your high school grades and test scores. And that’s really just the beginning. There are literally hundreds of scholarships available through Cal U. (Seriously: go to calu.edu/scholarships and check them out.) Plus there are federal and state grant opportunities and work-study positions as well. Not a dime of any of these needs to be paid back.
IF I NEED STUDENT LOANS, CAN YOU HELP WITH THAT, TOO? Absolutely. Our Office of Financial Aid does this kind of thing every day. We can help you figure out application deadlines and types of loans that are available to you and answer any questions that might come up along the way.
SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO APPLY AT STUDENTAID.GOV. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1 in your senior year of high school at fafsa.gov. Be sure to include “California University of Pennsylvania” and our Title IV institutional code of “003316” on the school selection tab (colleges to receive information) of the FAFSA.
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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND LIBERAL ARTS BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Arabic Language and Cultures Art Art Studio (BFA) Childhood Education PreK-4 Commercial Music Technology • Commercial Music Business Communication Disorders Communication Studies Criminal Justice • Criminology • Cyber Forensics • Forensic Investigation • Homeland and International Security • Homeland and International Security • Law and Justice English* • Creative Writing • Journalism • Literature Global Studies Grades 4-8 Education* • Language Arts/Reading • Mathematics • Science • Social Studies Graphic Design History
Jurisprudence* • Legal Studies Liberal Studies Liberal Studies Political Science • Pre-Law • Public Affairs Professional Studies in Education Psychology Secondary Education* • Art • Biology • Chemistry • Communications • Earth and Space Science • English • Mathematics • Physics • Social Studies Social Sciences Social Work (BSW) Sociology • Deviance • Deviance Special Education PreK-12 Technology Education Theatre • Design and Entertainment Technology • Musical Theatre
ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Early Childhood Education Liberal Studies Liberal Studies Technical Studies • Applied Policing and Technology • Applied Policing and Technology
Arabic Language and Cultures Diversity and Multicultural History of War, Service, and American Experience Mental Health Technician Spanish for Business Spanish for Law Enforcement Studio Art Violence Incidence Collaborative Evaluation in Schools (VICES)
PreK-4 Grades 4-8 Language Arts and Reading Grades 4-8 Math Grades 4-8 Science Grades 4-8 Social Studies
EBERLY COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Accounting Anthropology* • Archaeology • Forensic Anthropology Biology • Mortuary Science (Cooperative) • Plant Biology • Pre-Chiropractic Medicine • Pre-Dentistry • Pre-Medicine • Pre-Optometry • Pre-Osteopathic Medicine • Pre-Pharmacy • Pre-Podiatric Medicine • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Business Administration * • Integrated Business Business Administration* • Management Information Systems Chemistry Computer Engineering Technology Computer Information Systems Computer Information Systems Computer Science Digital Media Technology Earth Science* • Climate Science • Environmental Geosciences • Meteorology Economics Economics Electrical Engineering Technology Environmental Studies* • Conservation Ecology • Environmental Science Exercise Science • Professional Golf Management
Exercise Science Finance Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Geography* • Geographic Information Technology • Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Studies Geology Gerontology Health Science • Pre-Athletic Training Human Resource Management Industrial Technology Management Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce • Corporate Communication Management Marketing Mathematics Mechatronics Engineering Technology Molecular Biology Nursing for RNs Parks and Recreation Management Physics Science and Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies Science and Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies Sport Management • Professional Golf Management Statistics and Data Science Veterinary Technology
ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Accounting Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Computer Engineering Technology Digital Media Technology Electrical Engineering Technology Industrial Technology Physical Therapist Assistant Technical Studies • Nursing (RN) (Co-op with CCAC, degree issued by CCAC) • Radiologic Technology • Robotics Engineering Technology • Unmanned Aerial Systems Drone Technology Technical Studies • Washington Health System Pre-Nursing Veterinary Technology
Aging Specialist Data Science Forensic Accounting Industrial Safety Innovation and Entrepreneurship Nursing Co-ops • With Washington Health System (WHS), (Nursing Diploma issued by WHS School of Nursing) • With Heritage Valley Health Systems, (Nursing Diploma issued by Heritage Valley Health Systems) Technology Education Certification
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