In 1859, some local citizens generated a proposal for the creation of a seminary in Clarion, the earliest recorded evidence of an institution of higher education for Clarion, according to Caldwell's Illustrated Historical Combination Atlas of Clarion County.
Clarion University provides transformative, lifelong learning opportunities through innovative, nationally recognized programs delivered in inclusive, student-centered environments.
Clarion University will be a leader in high-impact educational practices that benefit students, employers, and community partners.
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In addition to offering many vibrant academic opportunities, Clarion University provides a wide range of activities outside the classroom. After all, coming to Clarion isn't just about earning a degree; it's also about building a life.
Living at Clarion is more than just a room and a meal plan. It's about being part of a community now, so you can have a bright future tomorrow. Clarion offers a variety of housing options so you build a life in a home you create for yourself.
Library resources and services will be available virtually while classes are online. Need help? Ask-a-Librarian! Interlibrary loan service is intermittent.
The wireless network at Clarion University provides access to the Clarion network resources and the Internet for all faculty, staff, students and sponsored guests.
Wireless service is available in all residence, academic, and student life buildings on campus.
Cable TV service is provided to each residence hall room or suite. This service is included in your housing fee .
The university also is invested in the overall wellness of its students with health services, counseling services and other health activities in Becht Hall.
Suites on Main's proximity to Clarion's downtown community means restaurants, boutiques and banks are all within walking distance. In addition to being part of the community, Suites on Main boasts high-end amenities not normally found in residence halls ensuring that you'll be comfortable while you get a great education.
Clarion University – Venango is scenically situated on 65 acres of wooded hillside overlooking the Allegheny River in the city of Oil City. Oil City offers a congenial, small-town setting for students and boasts a variety of local restaurants, antique shops, bike trails, outdoor activities, cultural opportunities, and more.
If you're looking for something more physical, don't forget the student recreation center near Gemmell Student Complex for exercise equipment, an indoor track, basketball courts and a rock climbing wall. Intramurals, club sports and outdoor recreation also are based at the rec center.
And it's not hard to discover your interests and talents with more than 135 student organizations on campus. These include academic, athletic, Greek, political, multicultural, service, and other special interest groups.