California University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Cal U) is a public university located in California, Pennsylvania
Founded in 1852, it is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. California University of Pennsylvania enrollment was approximately 9,400 in 2010 and has increased the past few years.
The main campus consists of about 38 buildings situated on 92 acres (37.2 ha). Another 9-acre (3.6-ha) facility is located near the main campus. An additional 98-acre (40-ha) recreation complex, George H. Roadman University Park, is located one mile (1.6 km) from campus and includes a football stadium, various sports facilities, and picnic facilities. The University’s student association also owns 98 acres (40 ha) at SAI Park, located near Roadman Park. Cal U has a satellite campus in Canonsburg as well as a large virtual school.
California University has recently received massive state and private grants to rebuild the campus. Since 2000, six new residence halls have been completed, each with private bathrooms. A short drive or bus ride from campus, Cal U has apartment-like housing at the Vulcan Village complex.
The Elmo Natali Student Center, operated by the Student Association, Inc., is the main hub of student activities on campus. The student center hosts the student services offices, commuter center, theater, performance center, campus bookstore, the school’s TV and Radio stations, CUTV and WCAL, as well as four distinctive dining areas. The Union is currently under construction, as it is being renovated. Brian Knapp began renovation in 2013, planning to add new dining and study areas for Cal U students.
The Eberly Science and Technology Center opened in 1999, while the new Duda Hall (which replaced the original Duda World Cultures Building) opened in 2007. Steele Auditorium recently underwent a major renovation and expansion project, reopening in the Fall of 2007.
The Heron Hall recreation facility, pictured to the right, underwent significant renovation and expansion through the Fall and Spring semesters of 2008, opening to student and faculty use on Homecoming Day 2009. The new facility features an elevated running track, cardio equipment, free weight equipment, weight machines, two racquetball courts, a dance studio, two gymnasiums, and a swimming pool.
By far the largest project currently underway at the University is the building of the new Convocation Center. Slated to open in 2011, the building will cover 142,000 sq ft (13,200 m2), while seating over 6,000. The building will be the largest indoor venue between Morgantown, WV and Pittsburgh, PA. The building will supplement the University’s current sporting venue, Hamer Hall.
As part of the Outreach Mission, the university has become a participant of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) program, a part of the Smithsonian that allows exhibits to travel to various locations across the United States. Cal U is the only school in the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education to welcome a SITES exhibit to campus. Through outreach programs this provides unique educational experiences and opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development for area students and residents of all ages.