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.
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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.
The university also is invested in the overall wellness of its students with health services, counseling services and other health activities in Becht Hall.
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.