Clarion University seeks to excel in all that it does and challenges students to develop their talents, extend their intellectual capacities and interests, expand their creative abilities, and develop a respect and enthusiasm for learning that will extend throughout their lives. The university acknowledges that learning requires a partnership demanding hard work by students, faculty, and staff, and that learning extends beyond the classroom. The university community is dedicated to helping students see in themselves what they may become by creating opportunities to develop the knowledge, skill, and attitudes necessary for both enlightened citizenship and successful participation in a technologically advanced, global society.
Clarion University is primarily an undergraduate institution with selected graduate programs. Instructional programs-delivered on campus, throughout the state, and beyond via appropriate distance learning technologies-range from associate degrees and certificate programs to baccalaureate degree programs in the arts and sciences and professional fields, graduate programs in selected fields, and continuing education. University programs are administered through campuses in Clarion and Oil City.
Clarion University seeks to admit, retain, and graduate students who are qualified and motivated, and to recruit, retain, and support highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff. The university is a learning community that seeks diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body and values this diversity as providing richness in the learning process. This community strives to treat its members with civility and respect. Students, faculty, and staff value learning, contribute to the development of new knowledge through scholarly activities, and participate in community and public service responsive to the needs of society.
Approved by the Council of Trustees on 1/18/01
Clarion University of Pennsylvania will serve the commonwealth ever more effectively as a high-quality, dynamic, technologically advanced, publicly-owned university dedicated to advancing knowledge with a focus on learning and collaborating with educational and business partners. Clarion University will be accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, accountable to its many constituencies, and actively engaged in the continuous improvement of its programs, services, faculty, and staff. Above all, Clarion University will prepare students to succeed in the global economy, to contribute to the economic and social well-being of the commonwealth and the nation, to play constructive roles in their communities, and to lead productive and meaningful lives, including a passion for continuous learning.
Approved by the Council of Trustees on 1/18/01
We believe in the learning potential of all our students who are willing to invest hard work in the pursuit of their education.
We are committed as a faculty, staff, and administration to creating opportunities for all our students to achieve success beyond their own expectations within an environment that cultivates tolerance, civility, and respect.
We value the individual relationship between student and faculty as central to the learning process and recognize the contributions of staff in providing the necessary support for that endeavor.
We believe that we exist to serve the needs of all people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to advance higher education as a public good.
We are committed to advancing our relationships with the larger communities of which we are a part.
Approved by the Council of Trustees on 1/18/01
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 any other factors that are protected under local, state, and federal laws. Direct equal opportunity inquiries to Assistant to the President for Social Equity, 207 Carrier Administration Building, Clarion, PA 16214-1232, 814-393-2109.
The address for all administrative correspondence may be sent to the following:
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1232
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 7,300 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 business administration, education, library science, nursing, and sciences.
The main campus of the university contains 128 acres and 43 buildings—the majority of which were constructed within the past 20 years. Beyond the main 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 some two miles north of Interstate 80 at Exits 62 and 64 and is approximately 2.5 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. The rolling wooded countryside, interspersed with small farms, affords some of the most enjoyable outdoor activities to be found anywhere in northwestern Pennsylvania, and the Clarion River provides an excellent setting for summer boating, swimming, and other aquatic sports.
Among facilities supporting programs at Clarion University are the Carlson and Suhr libraries; the Center for Computing Services operating Digital Equipment Corporation computers and associated equipment; several microcomputer laboratories; a planetarium; modern science laboratories having excellent instrumentation; well-equipped support areas for special education and audiology; 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; and a writing center, tutorial services, and a counseling center to assist students who can benefit from these services.
Venango Campus of Clarion University, established in 1961, was the first branch campus in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Located in Oil City, Venango Campus is scenically situated on 62 acres surrounded by heavily-wooded foothills overlooking the Allegheny River.
Venango Campus offers a personal and challenging academic experience with small classes that maximize student-faculty interaction and student success. The campus’ 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 our 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 Campus. Venango Campus 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, early childhood education, 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 90-plus bachelor’s degree programs. Complete baccalaureate degrees offered at Clarion University–Venango Campus include medical imaging sciences with multiple concentrations, nursing, and liberal studies. A Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered with Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education concentrations. Graduate programs and courses are offered for specific student cohorts.
Other programs offered at Venango Campus include 11 certificates that can be completed in one year or less and a variety of continuing education courses and seminars.
Clarion University combines its academic tradition of excellence with online educational technology to provide programs that are ACCREDITED. ACCESSIBLE. ANYWHERE. Clarion has been offering classes off Clarion Campus using a variety of technologies since 1996. There are more than five graduate degree programs available fully online. The courses required to support these degrees meet the same curricular and instructional standards and are aught by the same faculty as classes delivered on the Clarion Campus. As a result, the degree you earn online through the Virtual Campus 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 on-line 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 offerings and on-line undergraduate programs is available on the Web at www.clarion.edu/virtualcampus.