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We have a lot to brag about at Clarion University. Below are some of our rankings, accolades, honors, achievements, distinctions and general high fives. Our faculty and staff also make headlines for their expertise, so take a moment to peruse our 'In the News' section.

We think you'll be singing our praises, too, after you get acquainted with this page.

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Safest Colleges in America

Clarion University is listed on the National Council for Home Safety and Security's list of Safest Colleges in America

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Clarion University has 28 national accreditations recognizing our academic programs, the most in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. PennWest Clarion also has been continuously accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1948.

In the news

Expert Tips for Studying Online for College and University Students - Clarion University's Kyle Vickers, learning skills specialist and Academic Resource Center coordinator, contributes his best studying tips for students.

What Colleges Could Look Like When They Reopen - Clarion University's Dr. Susanne Fenske weighs in on Reader's Digest online's article, "What Colleges Could Look Like When They Reopen." Highlighted within the article, Dr. Fenske addresses several areas in which COVID-19 will have impacts on campus life, from move-in day to adjustments within cafeterias.

Eight tips for lining up your part-time college job - Associate Director of Career Services Diana Brush is quoted in this article regarding the search for part-time college jobs and polishing a resume.

How to Navigate the College Admissions Process, without Losing Your Mind - Clarion University's Director of Undergraduate Admissions Carrie Thompson is quoted in this article giving students tips for the admissions process.

How to be a successful online college student - Online/Associate Director of Extended Programs Lynne Lander Fleisher provide tips on this important topic.

Seven things that might be hurting your nursing career - Clarion University Nursing Administrator/Chair Dr. Deb Kelly is featured in this story on

How to start your scholarship search - David McFarland, director of scholarships at Clarion University, is featured in this story on CollegeXPress.

Clarion University seeks to broaden understanding of Type 2 Diabetes risks with Gallagher Koster Award - Stephan Brooks MPH, PAPHS, who serves as the coordinator of health promotions and alcohol and other drugs program at Clarion, discusses Clarion University's innovative idea to create a multidimensional program for preventing and managing diabetes and pre-diabetes within the student population and the progress so far.

Last Updated 8/19/22