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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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Kaleigh Danielson"I transferred here from another college that wasn't a good fit for me – I struggled to engage and better myself there. Transferring to PennWest Clarion - Venango was the best decision I have made. I love the small campus, small class size, and everyone is welcoming. The bachelor degree in medical imaging here will set me apart from others and help me reach my goal of becoming a successful radiology technician."

Kaleigh Danielson
Medical Imaging Sciences Major, Class of '23
Member of Medical Imaging Club, Veteran's Club, and Student Senate
Graduate of Cochranton High School
Lives in Campus Housing



"I looked at various schools when I decided to become a nurse, but PennWest Clarion - Venango's Associate of Science in Nursing program stood out most to me. Nursing is the longest legacy here. They offer small class sizes, and personalized educational experiences. After visiting, I fell in love with the beautiful environment and welcoming staff. I am so proud to call myself a Golden Eagle!"

Harley Lenhart
Nursing Major, Class of '22
Nursing Club Member
Graduate of Keystone High School
Commuter Student
Eagle Flight Crew



"I chose PennWest Clarion - Venango because it gives me the best opportunity to create a great future for myself. I became a member of CU Serve club and we completed community service locally and in New Orleans sorting Mardi Gras beads and trinkets for recycling, where I also got to meet students from different schools around the nation. There are big opportunities at this smaller campus!"

Saira Walker
Medical Imaging Sciences Major, Class of '21
Graduated from Altoona Area High School
Former Eagle Flight Crew Member
Currently completing the clinical portion of her degree at AnMed Health School of Radiologic Technology in Anderson, SC


clinton_eakin"When I decided to change direction in my career, I challenged myself to become a Registered Nurse. PennWest Clarion – Venango's nursing program is challenging and gave me the knowledge and experience I needed to enter the field within two years. I chose Clarion – Venango for the smaller campus, personal relationships with professors and students, and for the high-quality nursing program. I felt comfortable at the campus and appreciated the great support there.

Clinton Eakin
Nursing Graduate, Class of '19
Commuter Student
Former Eagle Flight Crew Member



Isaac Coon"I chose PennWest Clarion's Venango campus because it offered me the opportunity to start an internationally accredited business degree at a comparatively low tuition rate at a smaller, supportive campus. My faculty have all held PhD's in their fields, and given the smaller size of campus, I have been able to have more one-on-one time with them. The campus is beautiful and very stress relieving with large open grass yards with plenty of shade to sit down and study out in the fresh air. There is also a very large pond and stream to enjoy, which is at the forefront of the scenic Allegheny River just yards beyond campus. I highly recommend this campus if you like smaller class sizes and an encouraging environment filled with people who want to see you do your best."

Isaac Coon
Management Major, Minor in Data Analytics, Class of '20
Graduated from Rocky Grove High School
Commuter Student
Former Eagle Flight Crew Member






Last Updated 1/22/24