Student Success

Student Success

Student Success

Cal U - Where goals become reality.

You have the ability, the drive and the ambition. We have the tools to help you set them in motion.

California University of Pennsylvania's Office of Academic Success has a wealth of resources and programs designed specifically to help you create the best plan to reach your academic, career and life goals. Check out the many ways we help you reach your fullest potential.

Student Success Resources and Programs

The Four-Year Graduation Plan

Follow a Clear Path to Success. Cal U's Four-Year Graduation Plan is a free, comprehensive program that keeps you on target to earn your bachelor's degree in four years.


Benefit from one-on-one tutoring and face-to-face assistance on your coursework in our Vulcan Learning Commons.

First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar is a course designed to help you gain essential college skills and make a smooth transition into the Cal U environment. 

Learning Communities

Students in Learning Communities take two to three classes in their major together. This gives you the opportunity to builds strong academic relationships with your peers that will benefit you during your entire Cal U experience. 

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is your resource hub where you can work with our student success staff to define and achieve your academic milestones. You will work on setting goals, managing time, understanding academic requirements, enhancing your study skills and more.

Scheduling Center

Our Scheduling Center provides individual assistance to help you enroll in classes geared toward your goals. The staff will help you to develop your schedule, implement course recommendations, monitor your academic progress and explore program requirements.

Placement Testing

The Cal U Placement Testing Center administers exams that help determine the best mathematics and writing courses for you. The center also operates the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), which provides you with opportunities to earn credits equivalent to certain entry-level courses.

Prior Learning Assessment

Get credit for your life experiences. Prior Learning Assessment is a process that allows you to gain credit for learning acquired through work, military training, personal educational growth, volunteer work or independent certifications.  

Peer Mentoring

Get an insider's view of Cal U. The Peer Mentoring Program pairs first year students with upperclassmen who are typically in the same major, providing a built-in resource who can help you navigate academics and student life at Cal U. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, small or large, about the offerings of the Office of Academic Success, call us at the numbers listed below.

  • The Office for Academic Success: 724-938-1523
  • Peer Mentoring Office: 724-938-1682
  • Placement Testing: 724-938-5779
  • Scheduling Center: 724-938-1608