Clarion University of Pennsylvania

840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214


Undergraduate: 4,321
Graduate: 904
Total Headcount: 5,225

A force in motion at Clarion University

When Jacob Beckey turned 21 in July, he was in the midst of a physics research internship with the Quantum Information Science group at Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

He had already graduated in May from Clarion University with two bachelor's degrees – one in physics and one in math – that he completed in three years. With a 3.97 GPA.

He completed the internship in August and had just a few weeks to rest before jetting off to London for orientation for the Fulbright program, through which Beckey is spending a year at University of Birmingham (England). There he will earn a Master of Research degree in quantum technology.


 Points of Pride

​Clarion Borough, in partnership with Clarion University, is one of only six communities statewide to be selected this year for the Blueprint Communities initiative. Over the next several years, a core team of civic leaders will engage local residents and businesses to develop a clear vision and strategic plan for change, work to develop stronger local leadership, and attract investments to build a healthier, sustainable community.

​U.S. News & World Report has released its 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans, ranking Clarion University’s Master of Business Administration 38th and Master of Education 28th in the country. Both programs were top ranked in Pennsylvania.

​Clarion junior diver Kristin Day was named Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year in the At-Large Division. She was also named a first team Academic All-American and is considered the top Academic All-American in D-II (combining academics and athletics).

​On June 6-8, Clarion welcomed hundreds of alumni and their families, friends, faculty and staff to celebrate Alumni Weekend. Shifting the event back to the spring allowed all to enjoy the campus and community without the crowds of Autumn Leaf Festival.

​As a result of a partnership between Clarion’s anthropology program and Allegheny National Forest, eight Clarion students participated in a month-long excavation near West Hickory in Forest County about a mile from the Allegheny River. The students slowly pieced together the history of the people who once lived in what is now the national forest. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune Review both published stories about the initiative.

 Notable Alumni

​Kurt Angle '92 - 1996 Summer Olympics wrestling gold medalist, TNA Wrestling superstar and former World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestler

​John Calipari '82 - NBA and college basketball coach, at University of Kentucky beginning in 2009

​Frank Edgar '05 (1981-) - 4-time D-1 NCAA Wrestling qualifier and Collegiate Freestyle All-American in 2004; professional mixed martial artist/UFC fighter and former UFC Lightweight Champion

​Reggie Wells '08 - San Diego Chargers offensive lineman

Wade Schalles '74 - all-time record holder for most pins and most wins in amateur wrestling, inventor of the spladle and cement mixer.


Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson became the 17th President of Clarion University on July 1, 2018. Dr. Pehrsson was dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University since 2012. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, beginning her academic career as an affiliate faculty member and clinical supervisor for counselor education at Idaho State University in 1991. She also has worked in the healthcare field, as both a counselor and registered nurse.  Learn more.