Clarion University of Pennsylvania

2014 Quick Stats
840 Wood Street

Clarion, PA 16214

Phone: (814) 393-2000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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Regional Universities (North)

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a public institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,518, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 201 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clarion University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,090 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,304 (2012-13).

More than 90 percent of students at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a public school in the Appalachian Mountain region, are state residents. Females make up slightly more than 60 percent of the student body. Students have more than 130 clubs and organizations to check out, including fraternities and sororities. The Clarion Golden Eagles, NCAA Division II sports teams, are competitors in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

For graduate students, Clarion University confers degrees through its College of Business Administration, Department of Library Science, and Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. Graduate nursing students can register in the Slippery Rock University Department of Nursing. Notable alumni of Clarion University include NFL offensive lineman Reggie Walls and wrestler Kurt Angle, a U.S. Olympic gold medalist.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located near some of the most spectacular scenery in Western Pennsylvania, Clarion University offers students a small-college experience while preparing them for nationally competitive performance in careers in education, business, science, and more and for entrance into top-rated graduate schools. Clarion's commitment to proven excellence is evidenced through its high quality programs that have earned 30 professionally recognized accreditations and approvals, outstanding teaching-centered faculty, and nationally ranked performances by students in diverse fields including accountancy, biology, computer science, debate, management, and theatre.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded N/A
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Clarion University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. The application fee at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.7 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.7%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is 17:1, and the school has 21.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clarion University of Pennsylvania include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Education 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

Clarion University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,518, with a gender distribution of 37.5 percent male students and 62.5 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Clarion University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,520
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Clarion University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Clarion University of Pennsylvania also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 78.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,459.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,090 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,304 (2012-13)
Room and board N/A
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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