Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Clarion, Pennsylvania. It is one of 14 universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The school was founded in 1867 and offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, post master's certificates and a Doctorate degree.[2]

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
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Established1867; 155 years ago (1867)
Endowment$39.2 million (2020)[1]
PresidentDale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
ProvostPam Gent
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusRural, 201 acres (81 ha)
Colors   Blue & gold
NicknameGolden Eagles
Sporting affiliations
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In 2021, PASSHE announced that, due to budget troubles resulting from declining enrollment and revenue, Clarion University would merge with Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania; likewise, Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University and Mansfield University would also undergo a separate merger.[3] On October 14, 2021, the state officially adopted the new name of the combined universities: Pennsylvania Western University.

Student bodyEdit

In fall 2016, Clarion University's student body totaled 5,225 students, of which 4,330 were undergraduates and 895 of those were graduate students. Of these students, 35 percent live in university housing. The university's students are mostly female (66 percent), another 830 are minorities (16 percent) and 27 are international (.05 percent). Of the total number of students 4,624, or 88.5 percent, come from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students come from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 11 countries around the world.

Faculty and staffEdit

Clarion University has 294 faculty members and 451 administration and staff members.

Other locationsEdit

The university maintains a regional campus, Clarion University - Venango in Oil City, and a site in Pittsburgh at West Penn School of Nursing. Clarion also offers an extended studies program featuring online courses, remote sites, and various hybrid learning situations.



Colleges and schoolsEdit

College of Arts and SciencesEdit

The College of Arts and Sciences features more than forty undergraduate and graduate degree programs across numerous departments, centers, and programs. Departments within the College of Arts and Sciences include:

  • The Department of Biology and Geosciences
  • The Department of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
  • The Department of Communication
  • The Department of Economics
  • The Department of English and Modern Languages
  • The Department of Social Sciences
  • The Department of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Business Administration and Information SciencesEdit

The College of Business Administration offers 15 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Departments within the College of Business Administration and Information Sciences include:

  • The School of Information Sciences - The Department of Computer Information Science and The Department of Information and Library Science
  • The Department of Accountancy
  • The Department of Finance
  • The Department of Management and Marketing

College of Health Sciences and Human ServicesEdit

Clarion University - Venango is composed of the School of Health Sciences, and the Department of Justice, Law, Technology and Liberal Arts. Schools within the School of Health Sciences include:

  • The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • The Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences
  • The Department of Nursing
  • The Department of Psychology

The School of Education

Clarion University's School of Education includes the following departments:

  • The Department of Education
  • The Department of Special Education

Student groupsEdit

Clarion University offers more than 130 student organizations including academic, athletic, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and other special interest groups.


The Clarion University Department of Athletics currently sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, golf, football, swimming and diving, and wrestling along with women's intercollegiate basketball, softball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball and tennis. All sports compete in the NCAA Division II, except for Wrestling which participates in NCAA Division I. The athletic director is Dr. Wendy Snodgrass.

Notable former Golden Eagles include Kurt Angle National Wrestling Champion and Olympic Wrestler; former UFC Champion Frankie Edgar who was a four-time NCAA Division I tournament qualifier; World Long Driver Justin Moose (golfer) ranked # 6 in the world; Reggie Wells, NFL offensive lineman; Cy Young winner Pete Vukovich; and Men's NCAA Division I Basketball Champion Coach at Kentucky John Calipari, a point guard for Clarion University from 1980 to 1982.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Oram, Fern A, ed. (2006) [1986]. Peterson's Colleges in the Middle Atlantic States. Peterson's. ISBN 978-0-7689-2421-3. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  3. ^ McClellan, Fletcher. "The University of All of Them: PASSHE merger mania is on the fast track". Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  4. ^ Feitl, Steve. "BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Frank Edgar part of fight card in UFC's return to New Jersey"[permanent dead link], Home News Tribune, November 15, 2007. Accessed December 28, 2007.
  5. ^ "Frankie Edgar UFC Bio". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  6. ^ Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6.

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Coordinates: 41°12′32″N 79°22′41″W / 41.209°N 79.378°W / 41.209; -79.378