Clarion University of Pennsylvania

840 Wood St, Clarion, PA 16214

School Details

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a four-year university that is located in the remote town of Clarion, Pennsylvania. Clarion University was founded in 1867 as a Methodist Seminary named Carrier Seminary of Western Pennsylvania. In 1902, the institution transitioned into a State Teachers College under the leadership of George Becht. In 1915 the school purchased Clarion became a college-level institution in 1920. Clarion University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The town of Clarion features an historic main street, restaurants, a mall with a state-of-the-art movie theatre, and a hospital. Main Street offers small specialty shops and locally owned cafes. Outdoor recreational activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, camping, ice-skating, and cross-country skiing are popular among students. Clarion also maintains Venango College in Oil City and offers programs at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Demographics at Clarion University of Pennsylvania are as follows:
•More than 6,500 students enrolled
•Student to faculty ratio is 18:1
•About 84 percent of undergraduate and 28 percent of graduate students study full-time
•Approximately 63 percent of students are female
•More than 85 percent of the student body is White
•Approximately 84 percent of students are under the age of 25
•About 95 percent of students are from Pennsylvania
•Out-of-state students come from 45 U.S. states and 31 countries
•The overall graduation rate is 48 percent

Clarion University of Pennsylvania offers more than 90 degree programs in the form of certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Nearly 30 programs are nationally accredited. Academic schools at Clarion University include: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Services, and School of Nursing and Allied Health. Pre-professional programs include: Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-MBA, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary. Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army), distance education, and study abroad. Clarion University’s Virtual Campus provides nearly 30 associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates and special programs, and graduate degrees completely online. An Online Orientation is available to all students enrolled in a completely online degree program. Online courses are delivered through Desire 2 Learn (D2L).

More than 145 student organizations are present at Clarion University, including academic, athletic, intramural, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and special interest groups. The Student Recreation Center has an indoor track, rock climbing wall, basketball courts, and exercise equipment. Intramural and club sports are also offered at the Rec Center. The Clarion University of Pennsylvania “Golden Eagles” participate in the NCAA Division II in the following sports: women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s swimming, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. The men’s wrestling team competes in Division I.

New students can live in suite-style residences, apartment housing or traditional residence halls. On-campus housing includes Nair Hall, Wilkinson Hall, Givan Hall, Ballentine Hall, Valley View, and Campus View. Nair and Wilkinson Halls are coed by wing and Givan and Ballentine Halls are single-sex dorms. Valley View and Campus View provide suite-style living and are coed by room. Dining on campus includes the campus dining hall, food court, cafes, and a bakery.

Tuition at Clarion University of Pennsylvania varies depending on residency and the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in. 

Every year, about 3,800 students apply for admission to Clarion University of Pennsylvania and about 47 percent of those students will be admitted. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited school or equivalent. To apply, students must complete the online application and submit payment for the $30 undergraduate application fee. Students must also submit SAT or ACT scores and all official transcripts. Students applying for a graduate degree must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have a minimum QPA of 2.75/4.0 at the undergraduate level. Individual graduate programs may hold additional requirements. The following categories are considered for all admissions to Clarion University:
1.Strength of curriculum
2.High school class rank
3.Grade-point average
4.High school profile
5.SAT or ACT test score

About 80 percent of students receive financial aid at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. To determine financial aid eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1. First-time state grant applicants must complete the PA State Grant application. Types of aid include Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, PHEAA State Grant, Venango College Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Clarion University Scholarships, Private Scholarships, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans, and Student Employment.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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