How is California University of Pennsylvania?

<p>How is it? </p>

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<p>Kind of a confusing name for a university lol.</p>

<p>hah, exactly what I was thinking</p>

<p>CUPenn 10char</p>

<p>California University of Pennsylvania is named for the town in which it's located: California, Pennsylvania. The town was founded in 1849 at the onset of the California gold rush. California, Pennsylvania was a town before California was a state (though the old Spanish and Mexican territory was known by that name long before California, Pennsylvania was founded). And California University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1852, some 16 years before the University of California was founded at Berkeley. Confusing, yes, but California University of Pennsylvania has a pretty deep claim to the name.</p>

<p>And if you think that's confusing, there's also an Indiana University of Pennsylvania.</p>

<p>Another "interesting" name for a school in Pennsylvania is that of University of Pennsylvania, which is not a state university, unlike most other University of [state name] schools.</p>

<p>^^ and often confused with Penn State when referred to as Penn :P</p>

<p>The only people I have known at Cal U were there to become tech ed teachers. Apparently they have a good department for that. They have nice dorms. That's all I can tell you.</p>

<p>Among the state-owned universities in PA, it is one of the least well known. It is south of Pittsburgh. Our Governor hates public unversities and he is seeking another 30% cut in their budget, on top of the 20% cut he got through last year. He tried to do a 50% cut last year.</p>

<p>I don't know if University of Pennsylvania is odd because it's not a state school. UPenn was around before the onset of University of [State Name] as a name system for public schools was 'invented' or used.</p>

<p>There's also University of Chicago, New York University, and I'm sure a few others.</p>

<p>UPenn should change it's name to the name of a person like Stanford or Harvard. Wharton University certainly has a nice ring to it :D</p>

<p>Actually Penn State and Pitt aren't considered part of the "PA State System of Higher Education". Cal U is part of this group that includes over a dozen schools. In general these are less selective than Penn State and Pitt, less expensive, and typically are known for a few areas. eg. I believe the criminology program is supposed to be well rated at IUP, the Indiana University of PA, named because it's located in the city of Indiana, PA.</p>

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<p>Penn was "around" in one form or another since 1740 (or1749--apparently nothing happened between 1740 and 1749 except construction of a building, with no definite plan to make it an institution for educating young persons), but it went by a variety of different names: the Public Academy of Philadelphia, then simply the Academy of Philadelphia, then the College of Philadelphia. It did not become the University of Pennsylvania until 1791 when an act of the state legislature so declared, merging the (private) College of Philadelphia with the public University of the State of Pennsylvania which had been created by the revolutionary legislature in 1779 because they did not trust the loyalist sympathies of the then-president of the private college.</p>

<p>The upshot is that Penn did not adopt the name "University of Pennsylvania" until two years after the North Carolina legislature had chartered the (public) University of North Carolina. Penn can claim a slightly older lineage for the "University of (state name)" insofar as what we now know as the University of Pennsylvania was formed out of the shotgun wedding of two colleges, one of them known as the University of the State of Pennsylvania. But the university of the State of Pennsylvania was a public institution. So either way, Penn's use of "University of Pennsylvania" came after that usage was established by one or more state schools.
Though admittedly, the practice was not widespread.</p>

<p>Interestingly, the University of Virginia, closely associated with Thomas Jefferson who of course is best remembered as a Revolutionary-era figure, wasn't founded until 1819, which it makes it a relative upstart. The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, is two years older.</p>