California University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program Reviews

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89%
of students recommend
(3.95 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 76 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NAST
  • Programmatic Accreditation: APTA, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Small
  • Student Population: 7,854 (5,785 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 58% part-time, 42% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,707 in-state; $16,820 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2013

California University of PA is doing a decent job at using technology to help students received a quality education. Unfortunately, I believe more could be done and Cal U to my knowledge is not seeking to use technology, at this point, to its fullest potential. Personally, I have only student teaching left but may be unable to afford it because I am not being given one last loan to finish my degree. I am not sure if this is the loan people's fault or the university because both blame the other.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

The professors in my program are intelligent, accessible, and willing to help. The campus is beautiful, and the surrounding area has a wide variety of activities. I love this school.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

I did the online program so the program was very flexible. I enjoyed the challenging program of the online degree and found the courses to be challenging. You have to be self motivated and willing to study everyday to succeed in an online program.
4.63 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014

I am very happy with my graduate program at CalU. The Counselor Education program is CACREP accredited, which was very important to me. My advisor and professors are motivating and are extremely helpful and hands-on with students. The school is located about 50 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where I live, making it easy to commute. I am currently not using any financial aid, besides the stipend provided by my graduate assistant position. The commute is a bit expensive with rising gas prices, tolls/express pass charges, and semester costs for parking passes on campus. The student fee's are also expensive, especially because I do not utilize half of the services covered under the fee's.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

I received my MS Exercise Science and Health Promotion, emphasis Rehabilitation Sciences from CALU's global online program. Overall, the program utilized the distance learning format well. The textbooks, lecture notes, cohort collaboration and assignments together made for a rich learning environment. My majority of my professors provided excellent guidance and feedback. They were also easy to communicate with via email. The tuition and materials were reasonable for a graduate program. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this program and would recommend it to those looking to enrich their knowledge in Exercise Science and Health promotion.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012

Decent Graduate Distance Learning Program(s) especially for; (1) anyone eligible for in-state tuition (2) active/ in the military (3) working full- time
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2014

One pro of my graduate program is that it is highly competitive. One con of my graduate program is that I am having to pay out-of-state tuition, which is very difficult.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The staff and faculty are super helpful and prompt with responses for their Global Online students.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2014

I have attended California University of Pennsylvania for four semesters. In that time I have grown personally and professionally with the help of supportive and knowledgeable faculty and peers. CalU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by CACREP, so I know the program meets standards set by the profession. My advisor has assisted in outlining a program of study that is practical and challenging. Other faculty members are readily available and genuinely concerned with my academic and personal success. As the campus is in a rural town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, student diversity is probably not representative of the nation’s population at large but is so of surrounding communities where graduates may intern or work. Opportunities are provided in nearby Pittsburgh which exposes students to more diverse populations. As I am a commuter student who lives in Pittsburgh, transportation to CalU is inconvenient. Public transportation to the campus is available on weekday mornings, which only benefits undergraduate students. Safety was not a concern of mine when choosing CalU, but since attending the university numerous assaults have occurred on campus and in the nearby town. Local and campus police are often on patrol easing these concerns. Overall, I know I made the right decision in choosing CalU for graduate school. The program faculty provide a both a welcoming and testing environment where I am being equipped with graduate level counseling skills and knowledge. Without hesitation I would choose CalU again.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

This program is nationally accredited through NASM and offers the opportunity to for both Master's degrees and post graduate certificates in the form of certifications to be used in a real world environment.
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