admission criteria - WhAt We Look For

Clarion University accepts students by considering multiple areas:

  • High school curriculum
  • Grade-point average
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Letters of recommendation & essay (optional)

Most applicants complete:

  • Four units of English
  • Four units of mathematics (typically algebra, geometry, trigonometry or pre-calculus)
  • Three units of lab science (typically biology, chemistry and another inquiry-based lab or technical science)
  • Two units of social sciences (typically world cultures, history, psychology or sociology)
  • Two or more years of a language are strongly encouraged, but not required

Graduation Requirement: All students must graduate from an approved secondary school or have obtained a (GED) 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.

Clarion Honors Program - Fly Even Higher!
Our Honors Program provides a challenging academic track for advanced student learning. Approximately 50 students are accepted into the Honors Program each year. Competitive students have a minimum high school GPA of 3.64 or higher and a SAT score of 1220 (mathematics and critical reading) and/or an ACT score of 25.

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Last Updated 3/4/20