Clarion University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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890 Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214
Tel: (814)393-2000; 800-672-7171; Admissions: (814)393-2306; Fax: (814)393-2030; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1867. Setting: 100-acre rural campus. Research spending 2002-03: $124,845. Educational spending 2002-03: $4978 per student. Total enrollment: 6,497. Faculty: 327 (293 full-time, 34 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 3,447 applied, 78% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 5,277 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 666 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 40 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 16% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4598 full-time, $192 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8048 full-time, $335 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1400 full-time, $37.21 per credit part-time, $62.50 per term part-time. College room and board: $4560. College room only: $2994.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 125 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Carlson Library with 429,800 books, 1.6 million microform titles, 750 serials, 23,444 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.3 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Clarion is in a rural area located near Cook Forest State Park and Allegheny National Forest. The area offers excellent hunting and fishing. The city has a public library, historical museum, nine churches, a hospital, and good shopping facilities. Two airports with commercial commuter and charter service are located within easy driving distance.

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