Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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School Overview

Clarion University of Pennslyvania is one of 14 universities that belong to the Pennslyvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). As its name suggests, Clarion University is located in Clarion, PA, and has resided there since 1867. The school offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as post master’s certificates.

The majority of Clarion’s students are female (65%) and are residents of Pennslyvania (96%). The remaining 4% come from across the United States and from 35 different countries. As of fall 2011, there were 5,895 undergraduates and 1,096 graduate students attending Clarion University.

In addition to its campus-based programs, the university offers students the opportunity to earn their degree online or via distance education. The university also maintains a satellite campus at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, and a regional college, Venango College, in Oil City. A student who wants to earn a Master of Library Science degree could attend classes in person, in Philadelphia, at the Free Library’s Main branch or its other locations.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (814) 393-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,700
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 52%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,085 (44% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,199
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,078
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,035

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1282
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 3163
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 5463
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Legal Professions and Studies 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Library Science 111
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 2
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 12115311

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,199
Out-of-state $16,078
Books and supplies $1,240

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,179
Out-of-state $13,862

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 676 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 627 89% $6,035
Student loan aid 539 76% $8,662

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,833 72% $6,404
Federal student loans 2,622 67% $6,540

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Clarion University of Pennsylvania students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,640 858 1,782
Percent admitted 100% 94% 95%
Percent admitted who enrolled 29% 27% 30%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,700
Undergraduate enrollment 3,773
Graduate enrollment 927

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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