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 $310 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 $11 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 $6.7 billion to Pennsylvania economy with more than 62,000 jobs across the commonwealth in addition to the 12,000 employees within the state system. Clarion employs more than 700 people.
Clarion also impacts the region through many other enriching ways including:
- Academic programs for high school students
- Clarion Community Learning Workshop
- Continuing education opportunities
- Northwest Pennsylvania AIDS Alliance
- Speakers and cultural activities
- Visual and performing arts events
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 $11,149 (with fees) which is much less than the tuition at private universities in western Pennsylvania, including:
- Allegheny College ($48,760* plus fees)
- Westminster College ($35,360* plus fees)
- Gannon University ($31,180-33,000 depending on your major* plus fees)
- Thiel College ($29,870* plus fees)
- Grove City College ($28,530* plus fees)
Broad Range of Academic Opportunities
Clarion University offers more than 175 academic programs, including certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. To have such a broad range of programs in a rural setting is unique. Clarion University has 33 nationally accredited programs in which students can fully develop their unique talents.
Diverse Student Population
With 4,650 students, Clarion offers a world-class, academically challenging environment and a low student-to-faculty ratio. While the majority of our students come from Pennsylvania, the population includes additional students from 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and 14 countries - creating a diverse student population.
Leadership and Involvement Opportunities
Clarion University offers more than 170 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.
More than 80 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in the fall 2019-spring 2020 terms received some form of 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 63,777 alumni living around the world. Among PASSHE graduates, 80 percent choose to live and work in Pennsylvania.