Courageous. Confident. Clarion.

Grit and Grace

It’s not a class, a ranking, or a statistic.

Grit is students who are willing to take some risks to achieve their goals.

Grace is professors who are not only experts in their fields but, more importantly, experts in bringing out the best in every student.

Grit is graduates who turned their dreams into reality through the inspiration and confidence they found at Clarion.

Grace is a university with the courage to continually change and innovate so that its students can thrive in the ever-changing world around them.

Explore this site to learn more about Clarion’s people and programs and share your own Courageous. Confident. Clarion. story.

Our Stories

  • Amelia Mary Struck

    Amelia Mary Struck, Biology Major

    “I receive emails daily about lab opportunities, internships, training programs, and other exciting experiences offered by the university and its affiliates.”

    Read Amelia's Story
  • Benjamin Legum

    Benjamin Legum, Assistant Professor

    “Our industry partners consider us a resource in the region and have stated that they are impressed that we 'teach common sense.'”

    Read Ben's Story
  • Georgia Yamalis

    Georgia Yamalis, Early Childhood & Special Education Major

    “I have had so many professors who have been there with me every step of the way.”

    Read Georgia's Story
  • Kayla Anderson

    Allison Miller Sayers '87, Elementary Education

    “We Clarion grads know how to work together, provide new experiences to the community, and enrich our own lives in the process.”

    Read Allison's Story
  • Morgan Paige Prokovich

    Morgan Paige Prokovich, Speech Pathology Major

    “I have the best job on campus: I work in the Clarion Admissions Office, spreading the word about how truly wonderful this campus is.”

    Read Morgan's Story
  • Prince Matthews

    Prince Matthews, Political Science

    “Upon completing Dr. Rourke’s class, I fell in love with Political Science and decided that this was the major for me.”

    Read Prince's Story

Share Your Story

Courageous. Confident. Clarion. is about the perseverance and passion—in a word, the grit—of Clarion University students, faculty, and alumni who are striving to meet, head-on, the challenges of the 21st century. It’s also about the strength and resilience—the grace—that they exhibit as they adapt and innovate not only to achieve personal success but also to further the greater good of the region and the state.

Above, you’ve seen the stories of how Clarion students, faculty, and alumni help each other—in both big and small ways—to reach a goal, overcome an obstacle, or just open a new door. We’d love to hear your Courageous. Confident. Clarion. story, too. Send it, plus a photo of yourself, to


Our Brand Promises


Tradition of Excellence

Attracting faculty of the greatest caliber to lead programs that earn the highest levels of accreditation has long been a hallmark of Clarion University. In this environment of academic excellence, motivated students become confident graduates who are uniquely prepared to not only meet but also transcend the challenges of the 21st century.


Courageous Vision

As a committed contributor to the economic health and sustainability of Western Pennsylvania, Clarion University focuses on providing innovative programming in demand-driven areas of regional growth. Creative interdisciplinary collaborations and powerful partnerships with business and industry are allowing us to produce graduates who are prepared to meet the needs of the region’s employers in dynamic and highly flexible ways.


Inspiring Confidence

Clarion University attracts the kinds of students who are willing to work hard to get where they want in life. Our faculty, staff, and leadership are driven by a deep sense of responsibility to this diverse and motivated community of learners. We believe in the transformative power of engaged teaching and personalized mentoring to help our students achieve their greatest potential.


Transformative Experiences

Student success and workforce readiness are at the heart of Clarion University’s commitment to innovative, hands-on learning experiences outside of the classroom. Our curriculum integrates a relevant liberal arts foundation with exceptional internships, innovative student-faculty research projects, and culturally enriching service-learning opportunities. The result: Clarion students graduate with not only the skills required to fulfill existing workplace demands but also the drive, ingenuity, and leadership experience needed to grow and advance a successful career over a lifetime.

What's Next?

Explore Our Programs

With more than 140 majors, minors and concentrations, Clarion students design custom paths through college that lead them to exciting careers.

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Give back

The Clarion alumni base is more than 50,000 strong. Find out how Golden Eagle grads are sharing their time and resources to keep the tradition going for generations to come.


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Whether you're thinking about transferring from another college, looking to finish a degree online, or are a high school student looking for just the right university, you'll find all you need to apply to Clarion on the admissions section of our website.

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Tell your story

Remember the time Clarion gave you the courage to try something new? The confidence to surpass a challenge? The experience to advance or excel in your field?

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Last Updated 4/9/18