PennWest University California

California, PA


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Quick Facts

Address: 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419

School Type: 4 Year Public University

Student Body: 7,860 Undergraduate Students

On-Campus Housing: Yes

Application Deadline: Rolling

✓ Identifies & Tracks Foster Youth
✓ Specific Programming for Foster Youth
✓ Beneficial Programming for Foster Youth
✓ Year-Round Housing Available

Campus Programming

The Foundation Scholars

The Foundation Scholars program provides support and guidance to students who are making the transition from foster care to university life by providing peer mentorship, success coaching, personal/school supplies, year-round housing, etiquette practices, and financial aid assistance. For more information, contact Dori Eichelberger: or Tyton Brunner:

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic assistance program designed to help students navigate historically difficult courses through additional exposure to, and practice with, course material in a group setting. The goal of supplemental instruction is to help students master course content while developing effective learning, critical thinking, and study strategies.

News: Supplemental Instruction Program Awarded International Accreditation

Supplemental Information

  • Pennsylvania Western University (PennWest for short) is western Pennsylvania’s second largest university. Composed of three sister institutions (California, Clarion, and Edinboro) that are steeped in history, tradition and academic excellence, it embodies the best of the past and the promise of the future.
  • PennWest University is a part of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).


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