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Venango Campus Transition

Cultural and economic growth in Venango County will get a boost under a plan developed by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Pennsylvania Western University Clarion for the university’s Venango property.

Starting in fall 2024, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Associate of Science in Nursing will relocate to the Clarion campus. 

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PennWest Clarion – Venango is a place for you to rise to challenges and achieve your dreams, and it all starts with the personalized Admissions experience.

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  • Scenically located on 65 acres of wooded hillside overlooking the Allegheny River in Oil City, PA
  • Within 70 miles of Pittsburgh and convenient to Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia
  • Picturesque views and outdoor adventure make Venango County a tourist destination (Learn more about the Venango area)
  • Academic and student support programs are accredited by the nation's leading education authorities
  • Approximately 200 students are enrolled in degree programs at PennWest Clarion - Venango and at partner locations
  • Instruction via video conferencing, web-based classes, and web-enhanced classes expand program reach and provide flexibility


Address: 200 Frame Hall,1801 West First Street, Oil City, PA 16301

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Phone: 677-VENANGO, ext. 1211

latrobeLaTrobe Barnitz ('91)
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Hobbies: I enjoy listening to music, playing jazz and blues on guitar, and spending time with my wife and three kids, one who is also a Clarion alum and another who is a current Golden Eagle!
Favorite thing about Clarion – Venango: The strong personal connections made here last a lifetime. The Clarion family is a great one to be a part of!

caseyCasey beightol ('09, '17)
Associate Director of Admissions

Hometown: Altoona, PA
Hobbies: Participating in FLEX (Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange) and the Franklin Civic Operetta Association, volunteering at the Barrow-Civic Theatre, singing 90's and 00's music, and kayaking French Creek and Allegheny River.
Favorite thing about Clarion – Venango: The community and the people! It is easy to engage on and off campus, and to find opportunities that make life fulfilling. Venango is a place to be!

Last Updated 1/22/24