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Courageous.  Confident.  Clarion.

Thanks for your interest in Clarion University! Located in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania near some of the most beautiful recreational areas, Clarion University is a high-achieving, nationally recognized comprehensive university with approximately 6,080 students. We offer a small-college experience while preparing students for nationally competitive performance in careers in education, business, science, the arts and more, as well as preparation for entry into prestigious graduate programs. Our high quality academic programs and student services have earned 39 nationally recognized accreditations and approvals. We have an outstanding teaching-centered faculty who work with students to help them discover and develop their strengths through more than 90 degree programs and exciting out-of-class opportunities. And, through our partnerships with regional business, education, government, and other organizations and study-abroad opportunities, students get hands-on experience and a better understanding of their world—before they graduate.

Living in the Golden Eagles Community

Students embrace learning at our scenic Clarion campus, which has evolved since its beginnings in 1867; at our growing Venango campus located in Oil City; and through Clarion Online, which offers education from the comfort of their living room.


Located among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, 5,500 students who are Courageous and Confident are building a bright future through challenging academics and diverse interests as well as engaging with a town of 6,000 people who embrace them.  Named a "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise and Alliance, Clarion is a great place to live, work and study.

In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Clarion University offers plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom for students to gain hands-on, resume building experience through scientific research, performance in the creative arts, internships, organizational leadership, community service, and much more. With 135 clubs and organizations, students at Clarion University learn valuable leadership, communication, and organization skills that will serve them well in their personal and professional lives.