Clarion University accepts students by considering six areas:
- Strength of student’s secondary school curriculum
- High school class rank
- Grade-point average
- High school profile
- SAT or ACT test score
Types of secondary education
To be considered, graduates must be from an approved secondary school or have obtained a General Education Development 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.
The typical Clarion University applicant:
- Is in the top 40 percent of his or her class
- Has a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (87 percent average)
- Achieves a combined reading and math SAT score between a 950-1000
- Scores an average ACT score of 21
- Submits letters of recommendation
- Submits a personal essay
Note: We also accept students who are above and below these averages and we offer specialized programs to accommodate your learning needs.
Want to Fly Even Higher?
Our Honors Program provides a challenging academic track for advanced student learning. To learn more about Clarion's Honors Program and its admissions criteria.
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
- Four units in the social sciences (typically world cultures, history, social studies, psychology, sociology, etc.)
Note: There is no foreign language requirement for applicants, but two or more years of a foreign language is strongly encouraged.