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Clarion University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1867 as a Carrier Seminary, has evolved into a comprehensive university of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Clarion enrolls over 7,300 students from more than 45 states and 31 countries. Offering over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the University leads the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in the number of academic programs with the nation's top accrediting agencies. Clarion University‘s international student population is recruited from all regions of the world: Africa, Europe, Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, and The Americas and Caribbean.

International students choose Clarion University for the following reasons:

An Affordable Educational Opportunity
Clarion University is affordable. Graduate Assistantships are available to graduate students. Tuition and fees for the 2012/2013 academic year are $12,891 for undergraduate students and $16,210 for graduate students. Clarion University awards credit for "A" levels, and accepts transfer credits based on University criteria.

High Quality Academic Programs & Opportunities
There are more than 90 challenging degree programs, majority of which are accredited by the nation's top accrediting agencies.

The most popular majors include: Business Administration (internationally AACSB accredited COBA); Computer Information Systems, Biological Sciences; and Mass Media Arts & Journalism.

Clarion's AACSB International accredited business administration and management program ranks among the top 25% of accredited institutions.

There are unique majors such as Library Science; Speech Language Pathology; Rehabilitative Sciences and Special Education; Nanotechnology Minor; and Pre-professional programs in Engineering, Dentistry, Law, and Pharmacy with the University of Pittsburgh and other research universities.

Intensive English as a Second Language programs are available during summer and academic year. An English Composition course and specialized tutoring in English are offered to enhance English proficiency.

Clarion's faculty holds degrees from major research universities. 87% of the faculty have the highest degree available in their field of study (doctorates, juris doctorate, etc.)

The majority of Clarion University graduates receive offers of employment from leading U.S. and/or international companies, including Bank of America, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, John Hancock, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Nextel, Prentice Hall Publishing, Rockwell International, Texas Instruments, Volkswagen, and many others.

Clarion University has exchange programs with approximately 20 international universities.
International students have opportunities to participate in major-related internships and employment.

Opportunities exist for research and leadership experiences for all students. The off-campus student apartment complex, offers suite-style housing with cooking facilities. Both on-campus residence halls and off-campus accommodations are fully equipped with internet and computer services and provide the opportunity for international students to reside with an American roommate.

Competitive Admission
Clarion University's admissions process is competitive for undergraduate and graduate students. English language proficiency is required of all international students. Undergraduate admission requires satisfactory academic credentials including high school transcripts in English, plus at least one of the following English language proficiency exams. Minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper based exam; 173 on the computer based exam; 61 on the IBT, or minimum SAT score of 950 (Critical Reasoning and Mathematics only), or IELTS score of 6.0 or above. In addition we will accept satisfactory completion of Intensive Level 112 from an approved ELS Center in lieu of TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT. We require that the official score report is sent directly to Clarion University from the testing center.  Graduate admission requires satisfactory GMAT/GRE scores. Students should contact the undergraduate or graduate admissions offices for more details.

Great Location and State of the Art Facilities
Clarion University is located in a rural setting in the eastern United States, a short distance from cities such as Pittsburgh & Erie, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio. Its location is also within close proximity to major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C. Clarion campus provides a small town American experience.

The University is located in a beautiful university town with a historic main street amongst beautiful rivers and rolling mountains.

Clarion University generally ranks among the top 15% of the safest campuses in the United States.

Funding of 86 million plus dollars has been committed to support current construction and expansion of new resident suites, dining facility, science/bio-tech and student success centers.

Clarion University is ranked among the top safest campuses in the United States.

University Welcomes International Students
The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides a full range of support services to international students including an intensive and comprehensive orientation program, including an opportunity to meet the University President and other key administrators; advice on immigration- related issues; counseling; on-campus employment opportunities; internships, external scholarships; employment requests; foreign exchange issues; cultural adjustment; and study abroad opportunities available at international universities.

Clarion University has more than 130 student organizations. Numerous indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities include basketball, soccer, tennis, badminton, canoeing, horseback riding, bicycling, hiking and climbing, camping, ice-skating, and cross-country skiing.
On-campus healthcare is available to all Clarion University students, and a full service hospital facility is located very close to the campus.