Situated at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, Clarion University offers over 100 academic programs, preparing students in business, education, health, science, and the arts. 

With a small student-to-faculty ratio (19 to 1), our undergraduate and graduate degree programs are nationally and internationally accredited. Clarion University provides a supportive, safe environment to ease the transition of our first year and international students into the campus’s academic, cultural, and social life, building the skills necessary to achieve academic, personal, and professional success. CU’s student organizations focus on a wide array of activities providing a balance between academic and cultural life.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Clarion, Pennsylvania
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Public; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 92%
  • Average ACT: 21
  • Average SAT: 950-1000 (with writing included)
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; American Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Genetics; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Labour/Industrial Relations; Languages; Law; Linguistics; Liberal Arts; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Meteorology; Military Sciences; Museum Studies; Music; Nursing; Nutrition; Oceanography; Palaeontology; Pharmacology; Philosophy; Physics; Physiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Planning; Urban Studies; Veterinary Medicine; Zoology
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid, Merit/talent-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $27,764


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division II
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Women's Cross Country; Women's Football / Soccer; Women's Golf; Men's Golf; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving;Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball; Men's Wrestling

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