Our Impact

Positive Economic Impact

Clarion University is the No. 1 employer in Clarion County and is an economic leader in the region, generating an annual economic impact of more than $300 million.  Clarion University and its Venango College are strategically positioned to continue meeting the changing needs of the region.

For every $1 invested in PASSHE by the commonwealth, the universities return more than $10 in economic impact. That includes total spending by the universities, as well as spending by faculty and staff, students and their families and other campus visitors. In total, PASSHE contributes $4.47 billion to Pennsylvania economy with more than 51,000 jobs across the commonwealth.

In addition Clarion also impacts the region through many other resources including:

  • Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development
  • Center for Applied Research and Intellectual Property Development
  • SBDC
  • Core Consulting Services
  • Training
  • Business Resources Guide
  • Public Resource Center
  • Bureau of Business and Economic Research
  • Center for Accounting Education and Research
  • Center for Economic Education
  • Center for Legal Education
  • Data Analysis and Research Center
  • Henry G. Burns Center for Finance and Insurance
  • Center for Natural Resources

Affordable Education

PASSHE, of which Clarion is a part, is the most affordable higher education option in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  In-state tuition for an academic year at Clarion University is $9,454* (plus fees), much less than the tuition at private universities in western Pennsylvania, including:

  • Allegheny College (40,260** plus fees)
  • Westminster College ($32,170* plus fees)
  • Gannon University ($27,760** plus fees)
  • Thiel College ($25,998** plus fees)
  • Grove City College ($15,500** plus fees)

*2014-15 tuition
**2014-15 tuition

Broad Range of Academic Opportunities

Clarion University offers more than 100 academic degree programs, including certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's programs. To have such a broad range of programs in a rural setting is unique. Clarion University has 28 nationally accredited programs in which students can fully develop their unique talents.

Diverse Student Population

With 5,500 students, Clarion offers a world-class, academically challenging environment and a low student-to-faculty ratio. While more than 90 percent of attending students come from Pennsylvania, the population includes additional students from 45 U.S. states and 31 countries - creating a diverse student population. 

Leadership and Involvement Opportunities

Clarion University offers more than 130 student organizations, which offer real-world experience working with academic units and leadership opportunities. Involvement in student organizations has also been proven to support the acclimation process and retention efforts. 

Financial Aid

Eighty percent of Clarion University students receive financial aid.  Clarion's affordability, combined with financial aid opportunities, make higher education attainable for students in the regions Clarion serves.

Alumni Stay in Pennsylvania

Clarion University has more than 53,000 alumni living around the world. Among PASSHE graduates, 83 percent choose to live and work in Pennsylvania. As of 2009, there were more than 7,000 Clarion alumni working in Clarion, Jefferson, Venango, Armstrong, Butler and Clearfield counties. Ninety-eight percent of Clarion University students find employment after graduation.

Last Updated 6/8/16