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 Clarion University – Venango is scenically located on 65 acres of wooded hillside overlooking the Allegheny River in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The campus is within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and Erie, and 45 minutes from Clarion Campus. Venango Campus serves as a cultural center for the region hosting many concerts, lectures, art exhibits and other activities for students and the community.

You are probably aware that a number of colleges and universities across Pennsylvania, and our surrounding region, have made plans to adjust their operations as the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to shift. While there are no reported cases of the virus on our campus, know that we have been closely monitoring its spread and will take every possible precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.

We’re excited to welcome you to campus. To ensure the health and safety of the Clarion University community and our visitors, we have put in place the following measures based on public health directives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and CDC:

before your visit

We require all visitors to register in advance of arriving on campus. To register for a campus visit,sign up below through our event registration. To control the density of the Admissions Office, we are limiting all families to three (3) members: the prospective student, and two (2) guests. We may not be able to accommodate walk-in visitors due to space and social distancing guidelines.

on the day of your visit

On the day of your scheduled campus visit, please check-in at the Admissions Office, 200 Frame Hall, no more than 10 minutes prior to your visit time. Additional information on arriving to campus will be included in your confirmation and reminder emails.

For the safety of our campus community we are limiting the number of interior buildings that tour groups will enter. While Clarion University is taking all precautions to safeguard our community, we cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection on campus.

face coverings & hygiene

You and your guests are required to bring a face covering to wear when visiting campus. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided to you during your visit. Face coverings should cover both your nose and mouth, including masks and face shields. Due to rising COVID-19 case counts and concern over further spread of the disease, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued a Face Coverings Order requiring face masks to be worn in all public spaces. That order supports Clarion University’s Requirements for Social Distancing policy. Face masks should be worn at all times, including outside.

Please keep in mind that the wearing of masks and other physical distancing guidelines are for your protection as well as others’. We are a part of a close-knit community at Clarion University, which is why we must take care of one another.

Our public restrooms will be available for use. We strongly encourage abiding by public health guidelines, including washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer.

check for covid-19 symptoms

We ask you to perform a COVID-19 symptom assessment before arriving on campus. Please refrain from visiting campus if you do not feel well or if you have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19. The Commonwealth has listed numerous states where there is a high amount of COVID-19 cases.  Due to the number of cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends that anyone who travel to any of these states quarantine at home for a period of 14 calendar days upon their return.  If you have traveled to one of these states, please consider rescheduling your campus appointment. The Commonwealth recommendation and FAQ link is:



Are you considering enrolling at Clarion University - Venango for fall 2021 for Applied Technology, Criminal Justice or Medical Imaging? Make an official visit to Clarion University – Venango and enroll in one of these programs at Venango Campus for fall 2021 and receive a one-time $500 scholarship.

An "official" campus visit means you have registered and attended an admissions visit at Venango Campus or a virtual Venango Admissions event. Unscheduled visits, off-campus interviews or meetings, and bus trips will not qualify.

Benefits of a 'Visit' to Venango:

  • Earning a $500 visit scholarship.
  • Learning about Clarion's distinctive and career-focused programs first-hand, and being able to ask specific questions about your interests.
  • Talking with Admissions and Financial Aid counselors.
  • Demonstrating your high level of interest in your future as a Clarion University student.

individual visits


  • 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  • For appointments on other days and times, please contact us at 877-VENANGO, ext. 1211 or

Agenda: Includes a personal meeting with an admissions counselor regarding academic programs, admissions, cost of attendance, and financial aid, as well as a campus tour. Visitors will also receive an application fee waiver to apply!

Sign up for an individual visit

adult & transfer tuesdays

When: 5:30 p.m. on the following dates.

  • April 27th
  • May 25th

Agenda: Includes an admissions presentation specific to starting or returning to college as an adult, as well as transferring to Clarion University, Q&A, and an optional campus tour. Visitors will also receive an application fee waiver to apply!

Sign up for an adult & Transfer Tuesday

nursing (ASN) Preview Days

When: 12 p.m. on the following dates, unless otherwise noted

  • April 9th, 23rd
  • May 7th

Agenda: Includes information specific to the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program and pre-nursing option, as well as a campus tour. Visitors will also receive an application fee waiver to apply!

Note: The pre-entrance exam required for Fall 2021 ASN admission consideration is conveniently offered prior to Nursing (ASN) Preview Day, events so you can test and visit on the same day if you prefer. The exam requires separate registration from this visit event. Learn more at Please know the exam begins at 9 a.m. and may take a few hours to complete. Admissions will arrange for you to have a boxed lunch after your exam. Please contact Admissions Counselor Casey McVay to make arrangements or with any questions at or 814-393-1229.

SIGN UP FOR A preview day

Virtual individual appointments

When: Monday through Friday

Agenda: Includes a personal virtual meeting with an admissions counselor via Zoom regarding academic programs, admissions, cost of attendance, and financial aid, as well as a campus tour. Visitors will also receive an application fee waiver to apply!

Contact Venango Admissions to schedule your virtual individual visit at 877-VENANGO, ext. 1211 or

Customize a visit

Not seeing an event that works best for you, or you would like to schedule a group or bus visit?

Contact Venango Admissions to customize your visit at 877-VENANGO, ext. 1211 or

experience venango

We know it's not possible to come to campus right now, so we'd like you to enjoy campus from the comfort of your own home. Get a feel for campus virtually!




Contact Venango Admissions at 877-VENANGO, ext. 1211 or

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Our address is 1801 West First Street, Oil City, PA 16301. 

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Last Updated 4/1/21