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2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog (PDF)



Student Responsibility for Academic Requirements

Mission  |  Vision  |  Core Values  |  Non-Discrimination Statement

Contact Information  |  Clarion (Main Campus)Clarion UniversityVenango College

Clarion University—Online Programs


Student Responsibility for Academic Requirements

Provisions in the Clarion Undergraduate Catalog cannot be considered an irrevocable contract between the university and the student.

The university makes every effort to keep information in the catalog current. It must reserve the right, however, to amend any academic, administrative, or disciplinary policies or regulations and to update fees or service charges described in this catalog without prior notice to people affected. Students are held responsible for reading and understanding the academic, administrative, and disciplinary policies or regulations and for understanding general education requirements. They are held responsible for the requirements of a major in effect at the time they officially declare a major. If students change majors, they are responsible for the requirements of the major in effect when they
officially change majors.

Requirements for graduation as well as those for various curricula and degree programs may change after students matriculate at Clarion. In most instances, such changes will not be retroactive, although students will have the option to elect to meet the new program requirements, if desired. Exceptions may be necessary when changes in professional certification or licensure standards mandate such changes in requirements or programs.


Mission of Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion University provides transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments.
Approved by the Council of Trustees, Clarion University, February 16, 2012

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Vision of Clarion University

Clarion University will be a leader in high-impact educational practices that benefit students, employers, and community partners.
Approved by the Council of Trustees, Clarion University, February 16, 2012

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Core Values of Clarion University

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Clarion University value:

  • learning;

  • accomplishment;

  • encouragement;

  • diversity;

  • civility;

  • civic engagement; 

  • public higher education.

Approved by the Council of Trustees, Clarion University, February 16, 2012

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Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Clarion University of Pennsylvania that there shall be equal opportunity in all of its educational programs, services and benefits, and there shall be no discrimination with regard to a student’s or prospective student’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation/affection, gender identity, veteran status or any other factors that are protected under local, state, and federal laws. Direct equal opportunity inquiries to Assistant to the President for Social Equity, 207 Carrier Administration Building, Clarion, PA 16214-1232, 814-393-2109.

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Contact Information

The address for all administrative correspondence may be sent to the following:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1232
Telephone: 814-393-2000

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Clarion Campus

Now well into its second century of service to the people of Pennsylvania, Clarion University has successively been Carrier Seminary, a state normal school, a state teachers' college, a state college, and, beginning July 1, 1983, a university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Each phase of this development has marked a stage in the continuing effort of the institution to respond to the educational needs and aspirations of increasing numbers of students.

Today, Clarion University is a multipurpose institution with an enrollment of more than 6,100 students offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs. Clarion University is recognized by 27 accrediting agencies.

The Clarion Campus of the university contains 128 acres and 43 buildings. Beyond the Clarion Campus, situated at the west end of the town of Clarion, is a 27-acre athletic complex with football, baseball, and practice fields and Memorial Stadium, seating 5,000 spectators. The university is within the Borough of Clarion some two miles north of Interstate 80 at Exits 62 and 64 and is approximately 2 1/2 hours' driving time from the urban centers of Pittsburgh, Erie, and Youngstown. High on the Allegheny Plateau overlooking the Clarion River, the rural setting is in the midst of one of Pennsylvania's most scenic resort areas.

Among facilities supporting programs and students at Clarion University are the Carlson and Suhr Libraries, the George R. Lewis Center for Computing Services, more than two dozen computer laboratories, a planetarium, science laboratories having excellent instrumentation, smart classrooms, radio and television studios, a writing center, tutorial services, a counseling center, a state-of-the-art recreation center, residence halls that are completely wired for high-speed Internet access, a modern student center, and excellent food services across the campus.

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Clarion University–Venango College

Venango College of Clarion University, established in 1961, was the first branch campus in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Located in Oil City, Venango Campus is scenically situated on 62 acres surrounded by heavily-wooded foothills  overlooking  the Allegheny River.

Venango College offers a personal and challenging academic experience with small classes that maximize student-faculty interaction and student success. The campus’ programs and services are designed to meet a wide range of needs and are offered with the flexibility that is required for a diverse community of learners. Many academic programs utilize partnerships with medical, business, industrial, and educational organizations that bring real-world, technical expertise and resources into its curriculum. Students and faculty utilize the latest in electronically enhanced learning and teaching tools, and the fully wireless campus provides students the flexibility of accessing university resources anywhere on campus. A wide range of cultural events and activities, including a comprehensive intramurals and outdoor recreation program and nationally competing club sports teams, offer students and community members opportunities for engagement and personal enrichment.

To earn a Clarion University associate degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Clarion University–Venango College. Venango College offers programs for both part-time and full-time students. Students may study toward associate degrees in administration technology, allied health, arts and sciences, business administration, criminal justice, industrial technology, paralegal studies, nursing, rehabilitative sciences, and respiratory care. An Honors Program for students with high academic potential offers an enhanced college experience.

Students may also complete the first two years of study toward any of Clarion University’s bachelor’s degree programs. Complete baccalaureate degrees offered at Clarion University–Venango College include allied health, applied technology, medical imaging sciences with multiple concentrations, nursing, rehabilitative sciences court and community concentration and liberal studies. A Master of Science in Nursing degree is offered with a Nurse Practitioner concentration and a Forensic Science Nurse concentration.

Other programs offered at Venango College include 13 certificates that can be completed in one year or less and a variety of continuing education courses and seminars.

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Clarion University–Online Programs

Clarion University combines its academic tradition of excellence with online educational technology to provide programs that are ACCREDITED. ACCESSIBLE. ANYWHERE. Clarion has been offering classes off the Clarion Campus using a variety of technologies since 1996. There are currently several undergraduate degree and certificate programs available fully online. The courses required to support these degrees meet the same curricular and instructional standards and are taught by the same faculty as classes delivered on the Clarion Campus. As a result, the degree you earn online through Online Programs offers the same quality and accreditation as a degree you would earn through the university's traditional on-campus program. All classes are delivered over the Internet and are designed to allow students flexibility to complete their course work at times convenient to them. Students also have access to extensive online resources, including online library materials and databases.

Information on the availability of specific degrees online is indicated under each of the degree program areas. A list of current course offerings and on-line undergraduate programs is available on the Web at