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ROTC-Military Science

In partnership with the Military Science Department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU), Clarion University offers qualified students the opportunity to earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program provides leadership training that students can apply throughout their careers regardless of major.

At Clarion University, your path to leadership excellence starts right here. Our on-campus program offers specialized training through both course and co-curricular activities. Whether you participate for a semester, two years, or a full four years, you’ll learn leadership and management skills.

Participation is open to all students, and there are a variety of opportunities for scholarships and financial aid.


Honors Program

B-3 Ralston Hall

Clarion University’s Honors Program is a community of academically talented students committed to seeking excellence in all areas of higher education. The Honors Program is for those individuals who desire professional success, demand academic excellence, and expect to create the future. The curriculum promotes development of life skills targeted for successful career outcomes.

The Honors experience extends beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. Courses have included contemporary topics in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Cocurricular themes prepare our Honors Program students to assume leadership roles.

Honors courses satisfy general educational requirements. Courses are taught as special topics and faculty instructors are recruited for their scholarly expertise. Students take a six-credit linked English and speech class and a three-credit humanities course in the freshman year. In the sophomore year, students take a three-credit mathematics or science course and a three-credit social sciences course. As juniors, students take a seminar that culminates in a project prospectus for the capstone experience. Honors 450 is the Senior Project delivered in a university-wide presentation.

The following program standards must be maintained at the end of each academic year:

  • Freshman Year: 9 program credits, 3.0 QPA

  • Sophomore Year: 15 program credits, 3.25 QPA

  • Junior Year: 18 program credits, 3.4 QPA

  • Senior Year: 18-plus program credits, 3.4 QPA


Honors students major in every department within the university and receive pre-professional advisement. All course substitutions or changes in academic programs must be approved by the Honors Program director. Successful completion of the program is recognized at Commencement and is also noted on the official transcript. The Honors Program houses the Office of National Scholarship Advisement to promote and support applications for nationally competitive awards. Honors students are eligible for academic scholarships.

Each year a limited number of freshmen are selected for the Honors Program. To be considered for Honors Program admission, entering freshman must have a minimum SAT score of 1150 or equivalent ACT scores, achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.65 or 92 percent, successfully complete an interview, and provide a short essay. Undergraduate students already enrolled or transfer students may also apply. If a student should fail to maintain the required QPA and course progression, the student will be placed on probation and have one semester to meet the requirements. A student who fails to achieve the required QPA and course progression by the end of the probationary semester will not be allowed to continue in the Honors Program or to continue to receive an Honors scholarship.

Program suspension may be appealed. A letter of appeal must be submitted to the Honors Program director within two weeks of the date in the letter of notification of termination in the program. The appeal will be reviewed by the Honors Council and action taken before the beginning of the following semester. The credit/no record option will not be available for courses carrying Honors credit.


Honors Program (Clarion Campus) Outcomes

  1. Effective Communication skills (writing & speaking).

  2. Critical Reasoning.

  3. Practical application of the Liberal Arts.

  4. Value & Mastery of Independent Research.

  5. Professional dissemination.

Study Abroad—International Education

Clarion University, as part of its mission to serve the educational needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to strengthening the international and intercultural dimensions of its academic programs and activities. The leadership of the university recognizes the interdependence of nations and peoples throughout the world.

Clarion University is committed to providing a variety of study abroad and exchange programs. Study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to maintain enrollment at Clarion while attending an international university. Programs may be offered in both foreign and English language settings and may vary in duration.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) administers and provides services and programs inclusive of two major areas:


International Students and Study Abroad
The study abroad related services and programs include but are not limited to:
promotion of student and faculty exchanges, development of sustainable partnership with international universities, and the coordination of student and exchange scholar immigration.

Applications for study abroad and the International Scholars Award are located in the Office of International Programs, B-8 Ralston Hall. Additional information is available at


Summer Session
The Summer Session is maintained for the benefit of regular Clarion University students, incoming freshmen, students in good academic standing at other institutions, graduates of approved colleges and universities, teachers who wish to meet certification requirements, certain high school students, and any adults who wish to attend classes. In addition to the regular undergraduate and graduate course offerings,
there are also workshops and special programs.

Clarion University and the surrounding area offer numerous opportunities for summer activities. There is one three-week session and two consecutive five-week sessions. Registration begins each spring: schedules are available prior to registration each spring.


Winter Intersession
The Winter Intersession was established to enable students to obtain additional credits outside the regular semesters. Only on-line classes are offered and students may take no more than one class during the Winter Intersession.

Classes run for just over three weeks. Dates are noted in the academic calendar. The session follows the standard add/drop refund period. Only limited library, student services, and office services (registrar, bursar, financial aid, etc.) are provided.


Veterans’ Affairs
Clarion offers the regular degree curricula to veterans and children of deceased veterans. Credit for educational experience in the armed services is allowed on the basis of the recommendations of the American
Council on Education.

The university grants a maximum of four credits in health and physical education for active military service of four months or more with honorable discharge or continued reserve status. Credit is normally given for HPE 111 (two credits), and two HPE activity courses of one credit each. To ensure credit is granted, veterans should bring an honorable discharge document (Form DD214) to the Office of the Registrar, 122

Visiting Student Program
The Visiting Student Program provides students in good academic standing who have completed a minimum of 12 credits in residence the opportunity to take advantage of courses, programs, or experiences offered at the other 13 institutions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. These experiences require advance approval of the student’s department chairperson and college dean and must not also be offered at Clarion University. Students may take a maximum of 24 credits via the Visiting Student Policy.

Applications and additional information are available at the Office of the Registrar, 122 Carrier Administration.