250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4000 / 724-938-5939
PennWest California’s name is new, but its history spans nearly 165 years. With world-class academics, state-of-the-art facilities and located just 45 minutes from the City of Pittsburgh, PennWest California offers a one-of-a-kind academic experience.
Accredited & Affordable
PennWest California provides students with an excellent educational experience at a tremendous value. Our professors are some of the best in their fields, committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor, and offering real-world experience.
Choose from more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, plus certificates, certifications and other special programs. Learn on campus, online or with a hybrid approach.
For 15 consecutive years, PennWest California has been named one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. And we're proud to have earned many more awards, top rankings and distinctions, like our dormitories that have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Niche.
In Touch with Today -- and Tomorrow's Workforce
PennWest California focuses on practical, skills-based education that molds graduates for high-impact careers. Located south of Pittsburgh, one of the nation’s most innovative regions, our special mission in technology and our commitment to community service prepare graduates to blaze through the challenges of tomorrow’s workplace.
Expert professors monitor workforce needs and develop new programs in high-demand fields.
Many of PennWest California’s academic programs are accredited by national agencies — ensuring all programs meet the highest standards for excellence. And most academic programs include hands-on activities, fieldwork, clinical practice or meaningful research, so you can begin building a resume even before graduation.
The Power of PennWest
PennWest was formed by the integration of California, Clarion and Edinboro universities. It's a new way to educate and the future of higher education. One built on the strengths of each university in order to offer every student a richer experience, while holding down the cost of tuition.
Three brick-and-mortar campuses welcome residential as well as commuter students, and its online offering allows you to choose the academic and personal options that suit you best.
You’ll have access to more courses, more faculty and more learning opportunities than ever before, including the in-person classes and hands-on learning that have always been a part of California, Clarion and Edinboro.
Affordable Transfer Friendly
As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, PennWest is your best value for higher education. Every applicant who submits a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) is considered for assistance.
PennWest is committed to helping transfer students every step of the way. We provide an easy transition, and our focus is on maximizing your transfer credits. We help you earn your degree on your own personal timeline. Students can transfer up to 90 credits from various institutions while also providing students with opportunities to transfer military credits, CLEP/DANTES/AP/IB/ACE and apply for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit. PennWest helps transfer students make important changes easy and seamless. Let us help you make your move.
For a courtesy transfer credit evaluation, complete the request form at pennwest.edu/transfer.