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Admission Requirements

Clarion University accepts students by considering six areas:

  • Strength of student’s secondary school curriculum
  • High school class rank
  • Grade-point average
  • High school profile
  • SAT or ACT test score
  • Recommendations

Types of secondary education

To be considered, graduates must be from an approved secondary school  or have obtained a General Education Development 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.


The typical Clarion University applicant:

  • Is in the top 40 percent of his or her class
  • Has a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (87 percent average)
  • Achieves a combined reading and math SAT score between a 950-1000
  • Scores an average ACT score of 21
  • Submits letters of recommendation
  • Submits a personal essay

 Note: We also accept students who are above and below these averages and we offer specialized programs to accommodate your learning needs.

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.

Most applicants will have completed:

  • Four units of mathematics (typically algebra 1, algebra 2, and geometry)
  • Three units of science (typically sciences such a biology and chemistry)
  • Four units of English
  • Four units in the social sciences (typically world cultures, history, social studies, psychology, sociology, etc.)

 Note: There is no foreign language requirement for applicants, but two or more years of a foreign language is strongly encouraged.