Admissions Requirements


admissionS criteria - WhAt We Look For

Clarion University accepts students by considering seven areas:

  • Strength of high school curriculum
  • Grade-point average
  • High school class rank (if available)
  • SAT or ACT test scores
  • Letters of recommendation & essay (optional)
  • High school profile
  • A campus interview is highly recommended


Most applicants complete:

  • Four units of mathematics (typically algebra, geometry, trigonometry or pre-calculus)
  • Three units of lab science (typically biology, chemistry and another inquiry-based lab or technical science)
  • Four units of English
  • Four units of social sciences (typically world cultures, history, psychology or sociology)

Graduation Requirement: All students must graduate from an approved secondary school or have obtained a (GED) 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.

Foreign Language Requirement: Two or more years of a language are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Clarion Honors Program Requirements
Competitive students have a minimum high school GPA of 3.64 or higher, ACT score of 25 and a SAT score of 1220 (mathematics and critical reading). Approximately 50 students are accepted into the Honors Program each year after a successful campus interview.

Admissions "How To" Information

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Last Updated 4/9/18