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Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate Application Information

In accordance with the principles governing admission adopted by the university, six general categories are considered for admissions to Clarion University:

  1. Strength of curriculum
  2. High school class rank
  3. Grade-point average
  4. High school profile
  5. SAT or ACT test score
  6. Recommendations

Applicants must be graduates of an approved secondary school or hold a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency diploma issued by the Pennsylvania ( or associated state) Department of Education. Home-schooled applicants must be a graduate of a Department of Education-approved home-school association program.

On average applicants will be in the top 2/5's of their class (top 40% class rank) and with approximately a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (87% average). The average SAT score of an incoming freshmen is between a 950-1000 on the combined critical reading and math scores. The average ACT score of an incoming freshmen is 21. Letters of recommendation and personal essays are optional but recommended, except for Nursing applicants. We also accept students who are above and below these averages and have specialized programs to accommodate your learning needs. To learn more about student success - click here

Want to Fly Even Higher?
Our Honors Program provides a challenging academic track for advanced student learning. To learn more about Clarion's Honors Program and its admissions criteria- click here

Most applicants will have completed 4 units of mathematics (typically algebra 1, algebra 2, and geometry), 3 units of science (typically sciences such a biology and chemistry), 4 units of English, and 4 units in the social sciences (typically world cultures, history, social studies, psychology, sociology, etc). There are no foreign language requirements for applicants, but 2 or more years of a foreign language is strongly encouraged.

Steps Towards Undergraduate Admission
High School Seniors & First Time Students

1. Complete the Undergraduate Application

Online Application - Complete and submit the Undergraduate Application.
Printable Application - Printable version of the Undergraduate Application to be mailed or hand delivered.

2. Submit your SAT or ACT scores and official high school transcript, or GED to:
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Office of Admissions
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1232

3. The application fee for online submission is $30 and paper submission is $40. Pay online with a credit card or send a check or money order payable to Clarion University.

Note: Rolling admission (no application deadline) applies to all programs except for Nursing (December 15th application deadline). Nursing applicants must take the National League for Nursing pre-entrance examination in addition to completing the Undergraduate Application. The Nursing Department will contact applicants upon receipt of application to schedule exam. Prospective Music Education majors must pass a music audition.


Transfer Students

1. Complete the Undergraduate Application

Online Application - Complete and submit the Undergraduate Application online.
Printable Application - Printable version of the Undergraduate Application to be mailed or hand delivered.

2. Submit your official high school transcript, or GED and all previous college transcripts to:
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Office of Admissions
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1232

3. The application fee for online submission is $30 and paper submission is $40. Pay online with a credit card or send a check or money order payable to Clarion University.

Six or more college-level credits and a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher from the previous university or community college is required for admission. If you're interested in transferring into the College of Business Administration you must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average. The College of Education and Human Services require a 2.8 cumulative grade-point average.


Applied Previously to Clarion?

Reactivation Form - For students who have applied within the past two years but did not attend Clarion.