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Mission  | Vision  | Core Values  | Non-Discrimination Statement

Contact Information  |  Clarion (Main Campus)

Clarion UniversityVenango College

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Mission of Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion University of Pennsylvania provides transformative, life-long learning opportunities through innovative, nationally-recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments.


Vision of Clarion University

Clarion University will be a leader in high-impact educational practices that benefit students, employers, and community partners.

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Core Values of Clarion University

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Clarion University value learning, accomplishment, encouragement, diversity, civility, civic engagement and  public higher education.


Graduate Studies Mission

Clarion University recognizes the role that a high quality graduate program plays in maintaining excellence in the institution. The opportunity to work with graduate students, the challenge to remain at the forefront in the discipline, and the stimulus resulting from research all contribute to the recruitment, development, and retention of a concerned, productive faculty. Clarion University shall maintain a graduate program that supports the goals of the university.

Non-Discrimination Statement

 It is the policy of Clarion University of Pennsylvania that there shall be equal opportunity in all of its educational programs, services, and benefits, and there shall be no discrimination with regard to a student’s or prospective student’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation/affection, gender identity, veteran status, or other classifications that are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other
pertinent state and federal laws and regulations. Direct equal opportunity inquiries to: Assistant to the President for Social Equity, 207 Carrier Administration Building, 840 Wood St., Clarion, PA 16214-1232, 814-393-2109; and direct inquiries regarding services or facility accessibility
to the compliance specialist, 207 Carrier Administration Building, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214-1232, 814-393-2000; (or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201).

Contact Information

The address for all administrative correspondence may be sent to the following:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1232
Telephone: 814-393-2000

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Clarion Campus

Now well into its second century of service to the people of Pennsylvania, Clarion University has successively been Carrier Seminary, a state normal school, a state teachers’ college, a state college, and beginning July 1, 1983, a university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Each phase of this development has marked a stage in the continuing effort of the institution to respond to the educational needs and aspirations of increasing numbers of students.

Today, Clarion University is a multi-purpose institution with an enrollment of more than 6,100 students offering associate’s degrees in five areas; more than 90 baccalaureate programs leading to degrees in the arts, fine arts, nursing, and sciences; and 80 graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in the business administration, education, library science, nursing, and sciences. Clarion University is recognized by 25 accrediting agencies.

The Clarion Campus of the university contains 128 acres and 43 buildings. Beyond the Clarion Campus, situated at the west end of the town of Clarion, is a 27-acre athletic complex with football, baseball, and practice fields and Memorial Stadium, seating 5,000 spectators. The university is within the Borough of Clarion approximately two miles north of Interstate 80 at Exits 62 and 64 and is approximately 2 1/2 hours’ driving time from the urban centers of Pittsburgh, Erie, and Youngstown. High on the Allegheny Plateau overlooking the Clarion River, the rural setting is in the midst of one of Pennsylvania’s most scenic resort areas.

Among facilities supporting programs and students at Clarion University are the Carlson and Suhr libraries, the George R. Lewis Center for Computing Services, more than two dozen computer laboratories, a planetarium, modern science laboratories having excellent instrumentation; a modern business administration building; technologically equipped classrooms for library science; radio and television studios and experimental audio-visual facilities in the Department of Communication; a writing center, tutorial services, and a counseling center to assist students who can benefit from these services; a state-of-the-art recreation center; residence halls that are completely wired for high speed Internet access; a modern student center; and excellent food services across the campus.


Venango College of Clarion University

Venango College of Clarion University, established in 1961, was the first branch campus in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Located in Oil City, Venango College is scenically situated on 62 acres surrounded by heavily-wooded foothills overlooking the Allegheny River.

Venango College offers a personal and challenging academic experience with small classes that maximize student-faculty interaction and student success. The college’s programs and services are designed to meet a wide range of needs and are offered with the flexibility
that is required for a diverse community of learners. Many academic programs utilize partnerships with medical, business, industrial, and educational organizations that bring real-world, technical expertise and resources into its curriculum. Students and faculty utilize the latest in
electronically enhanced learning and teaching tools and the fully wireless campus provides students the flexibility of accessing university resources anywhere on campus.

A wide range of cultural events and activities, including a comprehensive intramurals and outdoor recreation program and nationally competing club sports teams, offer students and community members opportunities for engagement and personal enrichment.

To earn a Clarion University associate degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Clarion University. Venango College offers programs for both part-time and full-time students. Students may study toward associate degrees in administration technology, allied health, arts and sciences, business administration, criminal justice, industrial technology, paralegal studies, nursing, rehabilitative services, and respiratory care. An Honors Program for students with high academic potential offers an enhanced college experience.

Students may also complete the first two years of study toward any of Clarion University’s bachelor’s degree programs. Complete baccalaureate degrees offered at Venango College of Clarion University include allied health, applied technology, medical imaging sciences with multiple concentrations, nursing, rehabilitative sciences court and community concentration and liberal studies. Additional offerings include a Master of Science in Nursing or Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post Baccalaureate Forensic Nursing Certificate.

Other programs offered at Venango College include 13 certificates that can be completed in one year or less and a variety of continuing education courses and seminars.


Clarion University—Online Programs

Clarion University, combines its academic tradition of excellence with online educational technology to provide programs that are—accredited and accessible anywhere. Clarion has been offering classes off the Clarion Campus using a variety of technologies since 1996. There are currently several undergraduate degree and certificate programs available fully online. The courses required to support these degrees meet the same curricular and instructional standards and are taught by the same faculty as classes delivered on the Clarion Campus. As a result,
the degree you earn online through the Online Programs offers the same quality and accreditation as a degree you would earn through the university’s traditional on-campus program. All classes are delivered over the Internet and are designed to allow students flexibility to complete their course work at times convenient to them. Students also have access to extensive online resources including online library materials and databases.

Information on the availability of specific degrees online is indicated under each of the degree program areas. A list of current course offering and online undergraduate programs is available on the Web at

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