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.
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Clarion University's Honors Program is a community of academically talented students committed to seeking excellence in all areas of higher education. 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 music, the art of problem solving, and the ethical implications of research. Co-curricular themes prepare our Honors Program students to assume leadership roles. The Honors Program is for those individuals who desire professional success, demand academic excellence, and expect to create the future.
Honors courses satisfy general educational requirements. Courses are taught as special topics and faculty instructors are recruited for their scholarly expertise. Students take a 6-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: 3.0 QPA, 9 program credits
• Sophomore Year: 3.25 QPA, 15 program credits
• Junior Year: 3.4 QPA, 18 program credits
• Senior Year: 3.4 QPA, 18-plus program credits
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. 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.
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, 119 Becht Hall. Additional information is available here.
Summer Sessions offer classes for 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. There is one three-week Summer I session and two consecutive five-week sessions. Interested students should contact the Office of Extended Programs.
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. Office services are unavailable for one week in the middle of the term. The Financial Aid Office will not be reviewing progress after the Winter Intersession, so a passing grade can help a student regain aid, but not lose aid.
The Veterans Affairs’ Post-9/11 GI Bill has extended education benefits to those who have performed active duty service after September 10, 2001. All Clarion University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill. Programs are available to veterans on the Clarion and Venango campuses as well as online through Virtual Campus.
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 deliver an honorable discharge document (Form DD214) to the Office of the Registrar, 122 Carrier. Visit the Veteran's page for more information.
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.
The Writing Center supports all students in their efforts to become better writers and provides assistance with writing assignments in all subject areas.
The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service. It is a support service for any writer who values feedback as part of the learning/writing process.
Consultants at The Writing Center assist students at whatever stage of writing they need assistance. Writing consultants aim to motivate rather than control a writer by asking questions, offering feedback, and encouraging writers to talk through the thinking and planning process.
Writing consultants assist writers at the level of the writer's ability; therefore, written work reflects each writer's ability as well as personal style. In this way, the center assures faculty that writing turned in for evaluation is the student's work, and not that of a writing consultant.
Writing consultants are graduate and undergraduate students who undergo a careful screening process and participate in weekly training sessions. Writing consultants who meet training and tutoring hour requirements receive College Reading and Learning Tutor Certification.