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Admission Criteria


Undergraduate Application Information

In accordance with the principles governing admission adopted by the university, six general categories are considered for admissions to Clarion University:

  1. Strength of curriculum
  2. High school class rank
  3. Grade-point average
  4. High school profile
  5. SAT or ACT test score
  6. Recommendations

Applicants must be graduates of an approved secondary school or hold a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency diploma issued by the Pennsylvania ( or associated state) Department of Education. Home-schooled applicants must be a graduate of a Department of Education-approved home-school association program.

On average, applicants will be in the top two-fifths of their class (top 40 percent class rank) and with approximately a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (87% average). The average SAT score of an incoming freshmen is between a 950-1000 on the combined critical reading and math scores. The average ACT score of an incoming freshmen is 21. Letters of recommendation and personal essays are optional but recommended, except for nursing applicants.

Most applicants will have completed four units of mathematics (typically algebra 1, algebra 2, and geometry), three units of science (typically sciences such a biology and chemistry), four units of English, and four units in the social sciences (typically world cultures, history, social studies, psychology, sociology, etc). There are no foreign language requirements for applicants, but two or more years of a foreign language are strongly encouraged.