PennWest Clarion

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world rank  2249

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University Overview

Founded in 1867, PennWest Clarion is a non-profit public state higher-education institution located in the rural setting of the medium town of Clarion (population range of 2,500-9,999 inhabitants), Pennsylvania. Officially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, PennWest Clarion is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 6,000-6,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. PennWest Clarion offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 156 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 90-100% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. PennWest Clarion also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Founded 1867 Founded in 2022 by the merger of California University of Pennsylvania (1852), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (1867) and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1857)
Colours Blue and gold

University Location

Address 840 Wood Street
16214 Pennsylvania
United States
Tel +1 (814) 393 2000
Fax +1 (814) 393 1826

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)
15,000-17,500 US$
(11,000-12,900 Euro)
15,000-17,500 US$
(11,000-12,900 Euro)
17,500-20,000 US$
(12,900-14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is considered but not required
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is recommended
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 90-100%
Admission Office Wood Street
Clarion 16214
(814) 393 2306
800 672 7171

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 6,000-6,999
Academic Staff 300-399
Control Type Public State
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Rural
Religious Affiliation None

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Basic Classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
2000 Classification Masters Colleges and Universities I
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, primarily residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, inclusive, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Arts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to PennWest Clarion's Library
Clarion University of Pennsylvania's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 291,873 physical volumes, 7,012 physical media, 64,542 digital/electronic medium and 102 licensed digital/electronic databases. Clarion University of Pennsylvania's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
Clarion University of Pennsylvania provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 1,745 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Library Association (ALA), Committee on Accreditation

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Western University
  • Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Online Courses

Open Education Global

Not reported

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Site last updated: Thursday, 9 March 2023