What do you get when you combine world-class academics, state-of-the-art facilities and nearly 165 years of history and tradition? PennWest Clarion. And what students get from the university is only limited by their imagination.
Accredited & Affordable
PennWest Clarion provides students with an excellent educational experience at a tremendous value. Our professors are some of the best in their fields, committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor, and offering real-world experience.
Choose from more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, plus certificates, certifications and other special programs. Learn on campus, online or with a hybrid approach.
Located in the picturesque college town of Clarion, the campus offers proximity to restaurants, community and countless outdoor activities on the Clarion River and nearby Cook Forest State Park.
In Touch with Today -- and Tomorrow's Workforce
PennWest Clarion focuses on practical, skills-based education that molds graduates for high-impact careers. Located just 90 minutes from Erie and Pittsburgh, the university is uniquely positioned to offer graduates and students access to internship and work experience in the region’s largest economies.
Expert professors monitor workforce needs and develop new programs in high-demand fields.
Many of PennWest Clarion’s academic programs are accredited by national agencies — ensuring all programs meet the highest standards for excellence. And most academic programs include hands-on activities, fieldwork, clinical practice or meaningful research, so you can begin building a resume even before graduation.
The Power of PennWest
PennWest was formed by the integration of California, Clarion and Edinboro universities. It's a new way to educate and the future of higher education. One built on the strengths of each university in order to offer every student a richer experience, while holding down the cost of education.
Three brick-and-mortar campuses welcome residential as well as commuter students, and its online offering allows you to choose the academic and personal options that suit you best.
You’ll have access to more courses, more faculty and more learning opportunities than ever before, including the in-person classes and hands-on learning that have always been a part of California, Clarion and Edinboro.
Affordable Transfer Friendly
As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, PennWest is your best value for higher education. Every applicant who submits a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) is considered for assistance.
PennWest is committed to helping transfer students every step of the way. We provide an easy transition, and our focus is on maximizing your transfer credits. We help you earn your degree on your own personal timeline. Students can transfer up to 90 credits from various institutions while also providing students with opportunities to transfer military credits, CLEP/DANTES/AP/IB/ACE and apply for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit. PennWest helps transfer students make important changes easy and seamless. Let us help you make your move.
For a courtesy transfer credit evaluation, complete the request form at pennwest.edu/transfer.