Commuter & Non-traditional Student Services

Your college experience is our top priority.

Connect, engage and thrive as a commuter, non-traditional or adult student at PennWest California.

Our top services and strong University community help you get the most out of your education and college life.

  • Feel at home on campus, with dedicated spaces to study, socialize and recharge between classes.
  • Take advantage of the great University amenities, health services and networking opportunities enjoyed by all PennWest California

Discover the many ways PennWest California supports you.  

Commuter students meet with a professor on campus

Academic Success


Whether you're a first-time commuter student or are returning to school to finish your degree, we're here to make sure you succeed. Get help with challenging courses, support in scheduling your classes, and guidance on degree and certificate requirements at PennWest California's Office of Student Success[BROKEN LINK].


A cummuter student poses in professional attire.

Benefits Beyond the Classroom


As a commuter student you'll have full access to the University's recreation center, clubs and organizations , Career and Professional Development Center, and health and wellness services. Our 294-acre California campus is full of activity.


A pergola in the sun on campus gives students places to feel at home.

Your Home Away from Home


Refuel, study and relax between classes. The Energy Zone is a "home base" for commuter students located in the heart of campus in the Natali Student Center and Commuter Break Pods throughout campus ensure you have a place of your own wherever you are. Commuter student amenities include:

  • Phone and computer charging stations.
  • Lockers to store your stuff.
  • A kitchenette with fridge and microwave.
  • Ample seating and work areas.
  • Vending machines.
  • Places to socialize and watch TV.

Commuter Student Activities

When you commute to PennWest California, you're entering into a community. Take part in activities planned with non-traditional students and their families in mind, such as visits to the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Meetings & Events

Stay in the loop on what's important to you. The Commuter Council keeps you up-to-date on services for commuter and non-traditional students. Every month the council meets over refreshments and snacks to exchange information and ideas, hold Q&As with University staff, get tips from guest speakers and more.

Transportation Services

Commuting can be complicated, which is why we make it easy at PennWest California. We offer on-campus parking and shuttle services, and through the MTVA you have access to free park-and-ride services, convenient bus routes for commuter students and Emergency Ride Home transportation.

Have Questions?

We're here to help. Contact PennWest California's Office for Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services at 724-938-4021 or email us at