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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Clarion University is a public university located in Clarion, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,127 undergraduate students. The Clarion University acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Business. Graduating 52% of students, Clarion University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,600.
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Rankings

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CU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
940-1130
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$19,769/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,035/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.66 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
20
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
7
Online Bachelor's Programs
11
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    29%
  • On Campus
    52%
  • Online
    19%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,127Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
810
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
  • Friendly
    77%
  • Individual
    15%
  • Helpful
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.79 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
  • Welcoming
    51%
  • Small
    40%
  • Isolated
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
78%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
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Clarion University of Pennsylvania Reviews

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I just graduated from CUP in May 2018. My experience was wonderful. Yes I have had some rough and rocky times but who hasn't in college?! I loved how it was located in a small town, had small class sizes, and how it was such a warm and welcoming community on and off campus. Classes/professors; some are hard and then some professors are better than others. Most are concerned with individual success which is what I liked best. Food; we have different selections for food around campus which is great but of course the quality could be better. People/Environment; since CUP is such a small community everyone knows everyone which is good when all of the students are trying to succeed. Clubs; CUP has so many clubs and organizations that you will never be bored! From Greek life to rock climbing to clubs within your major! Overall, I loved Clarion but you have to have a certain personality to be happy with this college: welcoming, adventurous, caring, and willing to get involved.
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I ENTERED AS A JUNIOR AND LIVED IN RALSTON HALL. I EARNED DEANS LIST, MAJORING IN TEACHING K-8. EVERY SEMESTER AND WAS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT FOR FIRST FLOOR IN THAT DORM. AS MOST STUDENTS DO, I LEARNED MAN Y LESSONS AND LIFE SKILLS TOO.
I PARTICIPATED IN AREAS OF INTEREST SUCH AS MUSIC AND DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIPS WITH A CONCENTRATION TOWARD ACADEMICS.
CLARION OFFERED FREEDOM TO EXPLORE AND LEARN AS WELL AS CREATE BOTH IN MY PERSONAL LIFE AND SOUGHT AFTER PROFESSION. UPON GRADUATING, I WAS HIRED WITH THE BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE I ALSO EARNED A READING SPECIALIST DEGREE FROM WESTMINSTER COLLEGE. AFTER FURTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE . I EARNED A MASTERS DEGREE FROM PENN STATE. MY MOST RECENT ASSIGNMENT IS AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION. I NOW VALUE LIFE AND HAVE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO VOLUNTEER WITHIN MY COMMUNITY AS WELL AS RECEIVE AND PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHERS. I AM THANKFUL FOR CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.
It's my first semester here but it's going great so far! The professors are good and happy to help. The restaurants around are very good, and on-campus dining provides lots of variety. I enjoyed the activity board events, they put together some really fun stuff!