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Positive Economic Impact

Clarion University is the number one employer in Clarion County and is an economic leader in the region, generating an annual economic impact of more than $287 million.  Clarion University and its Venango Campus are strategically positioned to continue meeting the changing needs of the region.

In 2011, the Clarion University Small Business Development Center provided 8,000 hours of one-on-one consulting to over 500 clients, assisted clients with securing financing for projects totaling more than $18 million and provided entrepreneurial training to more than 1,400 individuals.

Affordable Education

PASSHE, of which Clarion is a part, is the most affordable higher education option in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  In-state tuition for an academic year at Clarion University is $6,240* (plus fees), much less than the tuition at private universities in western Pennsylvania, including Allegheny College (37,260** plus fees), Westminster College ($29,150* plus fees), Gannon University ($25,980** plus fees), Thiel College ($24,208** plus fees) and Grove City College ($14,212** plus fees).
*2011-12 tuition
**2012-13 tuition

Broad Range of Academic Opportunities

Clarion University offers more than 100 academic degree programs, including certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's programs. To have such a broad range of programs in a rural setting is unique. Clarion University has 28 nationally accredited programs in which students can fully develop their unique talents.

Diverse Student Population

With more than 6,100 students, Clarion offers a world-class, academically challenging environment and a low student-to-faculty ratio. While more than 90 percent of attending students come from Pennsylvania, the population includes additional students from 45 U.S. states and 31 countries - creating a diverse student mix. 

Leadership and Involvement Opportunities

Clarion University offers more than 145 student organizations, which offer real-world experience working with academic units and leadership opportunities. Involvement in student organizations has also been proven to support the acclimation process and retention efforts. 

Four Out of Five Students Receive Financial Aid

Eighty percent of Clarion University students receive financial aid.  Clarion's affordability, combined with financial aid opportunities, make higher education attainable for students in the regions Clarion serves.

Alumni Stay in Pennsylvania

Clarion University has more than 51,000 alumni living around the world. Among PASSHE graduates, 83 percent choose to live and work in Pennsylvania. As of 2009, there were more than 7,000 Clarion alumni working in Clarion, Jefferson, Venango, Armstrong, Butler and Clearfield counties. Ninety-eight percent of Clarion University students find employment after graduation.


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