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Clarion University's 5,200 determined students are building a bright future through challenging academics and diverse interests, all while living in 5,300 people who embrace them.
Clarion University provides transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments. Clarion University will be a leader in high-impact educational practices that benefit students, employers, and community partners.
We prepare students in business, education, health, science, and the arts with a small student-to-faculty ratio (19 to 1) and nationally and internationally accredited programs. There also are internships and study abroad opportunities to broaden one's horizons.
Students embrace learning at our scenic Clarion campus, which has evolved since its seminary beginnings in 1867 at our growing Clarion University — Venangocampus located in Oil City and through Clarion Online, which offers education from the comfort of one's own home.
Students can take advantage of these exciting educational opportunities through financial aid. Ninety-five percent of our students receive some form of financial aid.
In addition to more than 100 academic programs, Clarion University students also enjoy enriching personal lives. With more than 130 student organizations, including academic, athletic, intramural, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and special interest groups, students become unique individuals and leaders at Clarion.
Our students interact with other students from 44 states and 11 countries through these academic and student life opportunities. These are just a few of the numbers that tell the story of life at Clarion University. To get the whole picture, check out our Fast Facts.
Students live in police-patrolled housing with on-campus parking. Some of this housing is on campus while other options are nearby in university-affiliated apartments. There also is a wide assortment of dining options, including Eagle Commons (student dining hall), Starbucks, THE DEN by Denny's, Gemmell Food Court, Carlson Café, and a bakery.
Clarion University also boasts its movie theater, CU Movies on Main, located in Suites on Main North along Main Street. The 188-person theatre offers second-run movies and concessions at reasonable prices. The movie theater is student-operated and provides employment opportunities for Clarion University students, giving them experience in management, marketing, and customer service.
Main Street, lined with specialty shops and locally-owned restaurants, is located just steps away from our Clarion campus, allowing students to be an integral part of the community. Bus transportation is available to the Exit 62 business district off Interstate 80, which has the Clarion Mall, restaurants, and a movie theater. Upon graduation, students will join 56,524 alumni worldwide who have soared to success in their chosen fields.
Besides offering many vibrant academic opportunities, Clarion University provides a wide range of activities outside the classroom. After all, coming to Clarion isn't just about earning a degree; it's also about building a life.
Moreover, it's not hard to discover your interests and talents with more than 135 student organizations. These include academic, athletic, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and other special interest groups. To explore the full list of Clarion student organizations, visit our CU Connect network.
If you're looking for something more physical, don't forget the student recreation center near Gemmell Student Complex for exercise equipment, an indoor track, basketball courts, and a rock-climbing wall. Intramurals, club sports, and outdoor recreation also are based at the rec center. If you don't play sports, become Clarion University's biggest fan by rooting for your favorite Clarion athletic teams.
The university is also invested in its students' overall wellness with health services, counseling services, and other health activities in Becht Hall.
When you're ready to wind down, rest at one of our many living options, including Suites on Main, Hilltop Suites, and Reinhard Villages. Combined with Eagle Commons dining center, Gemmell Food Court, Carlson library café, Starbucks, Denny's Den, and university coffee shops, students enjoy life here.
Outside of your campus pursuits, Clarion's town boasts a vibrant downtown with many interesting shops and eateries. All of this is set against the scenic backdrop of the Clarion River and nearby Cook Forest. Both have inviting hiking trails, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking opportunities, and stunning wildlife to observe.
Clarion is all about matching what's inside you. Our education rewards bold vision and hard work. Inspiring professors, relevant courses, and practice-based experiences turn knowing into knowing how.
Clarion University takes pride in its academic reputation. With more than 175+ majors, minors, and certificates, it's not hard for students to find an area of study that will lead to an exciting future. Guided by top-ranked faculty and programs, students often get hands-on experience in their chosen field and research before earning their degree.
Students who are ready for a challenge should consider the Honors Program. The Honors Program caters to intellectually gifted students who are interested in thinking outside the box. In addition to our undergraduate studies, our graduate programs prepare students for the next steps in research and solve issues in their communities and beyond.

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