California University of Pennsylvania

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California, PA 15419


Undergraduate: 5,557
Graduate: 2,231
Total Headcount: 7,788

Summer reading clinic at California University makes learning skills fun

Casey Giles arrived at California University of Pennsylvania clasping a stack of stars.
One by one, he distributed them — with words like “want,” “pretty,” “please,” and “ate” written on them — throughout the third floor of Keystone Hall.
“We’re going to do a little scavenger hunt with Keagan using vocabulary words,” Giles explains. “She has a lot of energy and likes to move around. So we’ll use this activity to get her moving while she practices recognizing sight words.”
The best learning, he says, is when kids don’t realize it’s happening. They build self-confidence and have fun, all while developing literacy skills.


 Points of Pride

99% of the 4,200 graduates from the classes of 2010-2015 who responded to California University’s post-graduate survey are employed, continuing their education or serving in the military.

The Princeton Review has ranked Cal U among the best colleges in the Northeast for 13 years in a row.

Cal U offers more than 200 career-focused programs of study, including associate and bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and two doctorates: Doctor of Health Science in Health Science and Exercise Leadership, and Doctor of Criminal Justice.

Cal U helps returning students complete their degrees* through The Finish Line degree completion program. 

*82 degrees completed, 220 additional students enrolled as of October 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranks six Cal U Global Online degree programs among the nation’s Best Online Degree Programs for 2017.

 Notable Alumni

Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn ’79 - Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks.​

​Michele Mandell ’69 - Former COO of Talbots Inc.

​Aaron Walton ’68 - President of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and (retired) Senior Vice President of Highmark Inc. of Pittsburgh. ​

Thomas M. Rutledge ’77 – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications Inc.

Kimberly Krause Snyder ’84 – President and Chief Executive Officer of Panavision Inc.


Geraldine M. Jones

Geraldine M. Jones

A proud Cal U alumna, University President Geraldine M. Jones '72, '80 earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from California State College.
She taught second grade before returning to Cal State, where she directed the Upward Bound program and chaired the​ Department of Academic Development Services for many years. She served as dean of the College of Education and Human ​Services from 2000-2008, when she was appointed Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Ms. Jones was appointed president on April 7, 2016. Learn more.