admission criteria - WhAt We Look For
Clarion University evaluates students by considering multiple areas:
- High school curriculum
- Grade-point average
- SAT and/or ACT test scores*
- Letters of recommendation & essay (optional)
- Clarion is now reviewing students under a SAT/ACT test optional admission policy if students have a 2.5 GPA or higher. GPA does not automatically guarantee admission to the university. High school curriculum, trends in grades and rigor of coursework will be reviewed and considered for admission. Students not applying as test optional can send their standardized test scores, along with their transcripts and any other additional materials (i.e. essays, recommendation letters, etc) to the admissions office. During review of your application, the Clarion University admissions team will request additional materials (essay, interview, etc), if needed.
- The university now offers both merit and need-based scholarships under a test optional policy. Students will automatically be considered for merit scholarships upon admission to the university based upon their GPA. If SAT and/or ACTs are available, we do encourage students to submit them, however, they are not required.
- Students will be considered for a Clarion Grant (need-based scholarships) upon receipt of their FAFSA form. All students are highly encouraged to submit their FAFSA form for full consideration.
Students interested in Clarion University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can now apply for test optional admission. Students will be automatically considered for BSN admission regardless of a test on file if they have a 3.0 GPA or higher. GPA does not automatically guarantee admission to the program. High school curriculum, specifically science and mathematics courses, trends in grades and overall rigor of coursework will be reviewed. Students wishing to transfer from another higher education institution into the BSN program must meet all admission criteria as described above and are required to provide their college transcript(s) indicating they have a minimum 2.75 GPA or higher. The priority deadline for BSN consideration is December 15th.
Students interested in Clarion University’s Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) can now apply for test optional admission. Students will be automatically considered
for ASN admission regardless of a SAT or ACT test on file if they have a 2.75 GPA
or higher. GPA does not automatically guarantee admission to the program. High school
curriculum, specifically science and mathematics courses, trends in grades and overall
rigor of coursework will be reviewed. ASN students are required to take the TEAS exam
as part of their admission into the ASN program. Students wishing to transfer from
another higher education institution into the ASN program must meet all admission
criteria as described above and are required to provide their college transcript(s).
College courses, specifically science and mathematics courses, will be reviewed. Priority
deadline for ASN consideration is May 15th.
BS-to-MS Speech Pathology & Pre-Professional Requirements
Students considering the 5-year BS-to-MS Speech Pathology, LECOM-affiliated programs (pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy), Logan Chiropractic program must submit standardized test scores.
Most applicants complete:
- Four units of English
- 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)
- Two units of social sciences (typically world cultures, history, psychology or sociology)
- Two or more years of a language are strongly encouraged, but not required
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.
Clarion Honors Program - Fly Even Higher!
Our Honors Program provides a challenging academic track for advanced student learning. Approximately 50 students are accepted into the Honors Program each year.
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