Clarion University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in Clarion, Pennsylvania
Clarion University is one of fourteen universities who are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The school was founded in 1867 and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees and post master’s certificates.
In fall 2014, Clarion University’s student body totaled 5,712 students, of which 4,911 were undergraduates and 801 of those were graduate students. Of these students, 25.7 percent live on campus. The university’s students are mostly female (65 percent), another 543 are minorities (9 percent) and 43 are international (.07 percent). Of the total number of students, 2,096 or 93.7 percent, come from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 21 countries around the world.
Clarion University’s programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, through other accrediting agencies, it offers 39 nationally accredited programs, which is the most in the state system.
Notable student groups include American Civil Liberties Union of Clarion, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Campus Crusade for Christ, Clarion College Republicans, Clarion Young Democrats and the MENC.
The Clarion University Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Football, Swimming & Diving, and Wrestling along with Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track, Volleyball and Tennis. All sports compete in the NCAA Division II, except for Wrestling which participates in NCAA Division I. The athletic director is Dave Katis, and the assistant athletic director is Wendy Snodgrass.
Notable former Golden Eagles include Kurt Angle National Wrestling Champion and Olympic Wrestler; former UFC Champion Frankie Edgar who was a four-time Division I NCAA Qualifier; Reggie Wells, NFL offensive lineman; Cy Young winner Pete Vukovich; and Mens NCAA Division 1 Basketball Champion Coach at Kentucky John Calipari, a point guard for Clarion University from 1980-1982.