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Clarion University is a high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.
Thanks for your interest in Clarion University! Located in scenic Western Pennsylvania near some of the top recreational areas in Pennsylvania, Clarion University is a high-achieving, nationally recognized comprehensive university with 6700 students. We offer a small-college experience while preparing students for nationally competitive performance in careers in education, business, science, and more, and for entry into prestigious graduate programs. Our high quality academic programs and student services have earned 32 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.
In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Clarion University offers plenty of opportunities outside 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. Our four-year student success program Clarion Transitions supports and engages students from orientation to graduation. It also provides an innovative co-curricular transcript that documents students’ activities including internships, civic efforts, and pre-professional experiences—giving them a unique edge with potential employers. With more than 130 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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||5,518|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||8||<1%|
|African American / Black||332||6%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||4||<1%|
|Two or More Races||91||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||142||3%|
|Where do Clarion undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||6%|
|How old are Clarion undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||16%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||17 - 22|
|Math||17 - 23||440 - 550|
|English||16 - 22|
|Critical Reading||420 - 530|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||25%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||50%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||97%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.21|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||97%|
The cost to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||17 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||57%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||91%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||273|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||51%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||11%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||72%|
79% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
25% of all undergraduates live on campus
The Department of Public Safety at Clarion University has a fulltime, commissioned, professional law enforcement staff. Officers are on duty seven days a week 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are prepared to respond to any situation that may arise. A bicycle patrol, unit established in 1995 enables officers the ability for quick responses and their mobility is especially useful when dealing with events on campus that involve large crowds. The department’s student escort service helps to enhance students’ feeling of safety while walking alone at night on campus. Its intention is to promote feelings of safety by providing a safe alternative to members of the campus community who would otherwise have to walk alone during hours of darkness.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods.||12%|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.||10%|
|Communication and Media Studies.||7%|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations.||5%|
|Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at Clarion University of Pennsylvania|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 70%