Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Established 1867
Type Public
Endowment US$10,386,829
President Karen Whitney, (Salary $239,096. (2014))[1] $220,000 (2013)[2]
Provost Ron Nowaczyk
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5,895
Postgraduates 1,096
Location Clarion, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Campus Rural on 128 acres
Colors Blue and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division IIPSAC (West)
Nickname Golden Eagles
Clarion University of Pennsylvania logo.png

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in Clarion, Pennsylvania. It is one of fourteen universities who 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 and post master's certificates.[3]


Clarion University was founded Sept. 10, 1867, as the Carrier Seminary of Western Pennsylvania. Carrier Seminary began operation and offered a normal program in 1871. However, it wasn’t official for another 16 years. Clarion State Normal School, the successor to Carrier Seminary, opened its doors on the old Seminary grounds April 12, 1887. The commonwealth’s purchase of Clarion was official in December 1915 with the state assuming full control the following year. Clarion became a college-level institution in 1920. The school became a university in the 1980s. By Legislative Act 188 of 1982, all 14 state colleges were taken from the control of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and placed under the jurisdiction of the newly created Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Karen Whitney, Ph.D., became the 16th president of the university July 1, 2010.

Student body

In fall 2014, Clarion University's student body totaled 5,712 students, of which 4,911 were undergraduates and 801 of those were graduate students. Of these students, 25.7 percent live on campus. The university's students are mostly female (65 percent), another 543 are minorities (9 percent) and 43 are international (.07 percent). Of the total number of students, 2,096 or 93.7 percent, come from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 21 countries around the world.

Faculty and staff

Clarion University has 303 faculty members and 451 administration and staff members.

Other locations

The university maintains a regional college, Venango College of Clarion University in Oil City, and a site in Pittsburgh at West Penn Hospital. The Department of Library Science also offers the Master of Library Science degree through face-to-face courses in Philadelphia, at the Free Library's Main branch and other locations. Clarion also offers an extended studies program featuring online courses, remote sites, and various hybrid learning situations. Clarion's online program is ranked as one of the best among online programs in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report and Guide to Online Schools' 2013 Online College Rankings.[4][5]



Clarion University’s programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, through other accrediting agencies, it offers 39 nationally accredited programs, which is the most in the state system.

Colleges and schools

College of Arts, Education and Sciences

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

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

College of Business Administration and Information Sciences

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

  • The Department of Accountancy
  • The Department of Computer Information Science
  • The Department of Economics
  • The Department of Finance
  • The Department of Library Science
  • The Department of Management and Marketing

Venango College

Venango College 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:

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

University housing


  • Reinhard Villages

On campus

  • Nair Hall & Wilkinson Hall - traditional residence halls, coed by wing, is going to be replaced by suites on main in December 2015
  • Givan Hall - traditional residence hall, female only
  • Ballentine Hall - traditional residence hall, male only
  • Valley View & Campus View- new suite-style living, coed by room
  • Suites On Main Street - New suite style living, coed by room

Student groups

Notable student groups include American Civil Liberties Union of Clarion, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Campus Crusade for Christ, Clarion College Republicans, Clarion Young Democrats and the MENC.

Notable alumni


Official athletics logo.

The Clarion University Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Football, Swimming & Diving, and Wrestling along with Women's Intercollegiate Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track, Volleyball and Tennis. All sports compete in the NCAA Division II, except for Wrestling which participates in NCAA Division I. The athletic director is Dave Katis, and the assistant athletic director is 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; 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 1980-1982.


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