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California University of Pennsylvania

California University of Pennsylvania ( builds character and careers. Founded in 1852, Cal U is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies.

California University is a comprehensive, four-year institution serving about 8,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Cal U is a diverse, caring and scholarly learning community recognized for its affordable, accredited academic programs; high-quality online education; and service to military veterans. One of 14 universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Cal U works to help every student develop a degree of character while preparing for a meaningful career.

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Living in the Vulcans Community

California University of Pennsylvania is located in the borough of California (pop. 6,800), on the banks of the Monongahela River about 35 miles from Pittsburgh.

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Cal U’s location blends the warmth of a small-town setting with easy access to urban amenities. The main campus opens onto town, while the upper campus includes recreation areas and greenspace. California Borough is just a short drive from heritage sites and state parks suitable for hiking, fishing, skiing and whitewater rafting. Less than an hour away, the city of Pittsburgh offers museums, concerts, theater and other cultural events, as well as shopping, dining and professional sports.