Clarion University of Pennsylvania

840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214


Undergraduate: 3,942
Graduate: 927
Total Headcount: 4,869

Clarion's Beichner Named Top ROTC Nursing Student

Clarion University has something neither Princeton nor Harvard has: Aryn Beichner (left), the number one nursing student in the Army ROTC cadet corps for the northeast United States and the number two nursing student in the entire United States Army ROTC cadet corps.

The honor was announced during the Clarion University ROTC Fall Awards Banquet, held Jan. 22. Col. Joseph C. Richey, professor of military science for Clarion University and Slippery Rock University ROTC, made the recognition.


 Points of Pride

Clarion University has established an animal friendly living learning community where upperclassmen can bring cats, dogs (weighing less than 40 pounds when fully grown), birds, fish, chinchillas or small reptiles, to name a few. 

Clarion University, in partnership with regional entities, will receive a $1.1 million grant through Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. 

Clarion University has earned recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Program rankings for its graduate nursing programs; business non-MBA graduate degrees including M.S. in data analytics and M.S. in accounting; bachelor’s degrees; education graduate programs; and the online MBA program. ​

Clarion University has been named Military Friendly for the 10th consecutive year. This year, Clarion earned a Silver ranking, which indicates surpassing benchmark criteria.

Clarion University will begin offering its Associate of Science in Nursing degree in Somerset County this fall. The two-year ASN program leads to licensure as a registered nurse upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Exam. 

 Notable Alumni

Kristin Day ’15 - 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year, current student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Erica Keck ’15 - professional stunt performer with credits including TV series “Gone,” “Outsiders” and “MacGyver” and films including “Love the Coopers”

Dr. Michael Rastatter ’72 -  inventor of SpeechEasy and Reading Scholar, National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Robert Sintobin ’94 - 2018 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu champion

Michael Robinson ’82 - director of community outreach and hiring at Temple University’s Office of Human Resources; serves on Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African American Males; served on Commission on African American Affairs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; participated in strategic planning summit sponsored by the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans.


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.