admission criteria - WhAt We Look For

Clarion University accepts 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 test optional. TO APPLY*:

1. Students can apply for test optional admission if they have a 3.0 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.

2. Nursing programs (ASN, BSN) require a SAT/ACT. The ASN program requires
students to take the NLN (National League of Nursing) exam. Priority deadline
for BSN program is December 15, ASN deadline is May 15.

3. Students considering the 5-year BS-to-MS Speech Pathology, LECOM-affiliated
programs (pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy), Logan Chiropractic
program and/or Honors program must submit standardized test scores.

4. University scholarships require a SAT/ACT for applicants to be considered.

*Should standardized testing requirements change for Clarion scholarships, honors program considerations, and major requirements, Admissions will notify students.


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. Competitive students have a minimum high school GPA of 3.64 or higher and a SAT score of 1220 (mathematics and critical reading) and/or an ACT score of 25.

Admissions "How To" Information

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Last Updated 7/21/20