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The strongest programs here are education and business. Besides these majors, everything is weak. I took classes in geology, English and Journalism. The geology professor, Dr. Shulik takes every exam from the internet and never teaches on what he will test. There was a professor in the Journalism department who was challenging her students in their coursework and because students here are lazy, they complained and although it was never told to us what happened, there are rumors that she was dismissed for challenging her students academically. Being an English major is like being in one big book club, only you pay $14,000 and up for a year of membership. For example, in a 300-level writing class, we had to review magazine articles, write three essays and discuss easy (8th grade level) readings out of six books. Classes here are very easy, however, if you miss three classes, it is a letter grade from your final grade for every absence beyond that.
The students at Clarion are very open-minded and accepting of others. Sure, you do have a person every now and then who thinks they own the world, but for the most part, you can find some of the most caring students here.
There are alot of great organizations to be involved in at Clarion. Whatever your interest is, you can find it here. However, the sororities are VERY selective and if you are not a spitting image of them, you will not be extended a bid.
The campus is extremely safe with call boxes spread across campus. Dorms vary. Givan is by far the nicest dorm, both lookwise and atmosphere wise. There are many events to be part of as a dorm resident, and they can be fairly interesting. Never go to Chandler Dining Hall. The food there is TERRIBLE. Gemmell food is not as bad and can be fairly decent. The gym is not bad, but depending on the hour that you go, plan to be waiting awhile for a machine. The campus buildings in general are also old. Clarion has also begun to set up a new Science Hall to replace Pierce, but has insufficient funds to complete the project, so expect to be staring at construction work for awhile.
If you are a big city type of person, don't even try. The area around Clarion University is set as a very small town. There is a bus that goes to the mall (which contains maybe 10 shops) and to Wal-Mart but goes no where else. So be prepared to drive anywhere that you think you might like to go. Besides being small (the whole downtown is a long street), Clarion is beautiful, especially with Autumn Leaf Festival (their canival that happens every September) and in the Winter (trust me... there is nothing like seeing downtown Clarion in the winter with all the lights, it is breathtaking)
Faculty:Faculty is very accessible and will even make appointments to see you if you cannot make it to their office hours. However, if you have a problem with any of the faculty, do not expect to have it resolved or even listened to.
|Jul 27 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| Everyone I hang out with at Clarion loves it here, and wouldn't want to be anywhere else, including myself. People say that it's a "suitcase" callege, which is true, meaning that probably 65% of people go home every weekend. But if you stay up here you will find something to do, and not just party. There are movie nights that have movies that haven't came out to dvd yet, so if you missed in the theatres you can see it. There's also lots of events with FREE FOOD (what's better). Also, in my experience the resident life staff has done alot to make things fun. I know me and my RA hang out almost daily including weekends, and get lots of people to hang out in my dormitory.|
People who give a bad rap to Clarion either go home every weekend and don't give it a chance, are anti-social, or here for the wrong thing. I would highly recommend Clarion if you are in the Education field, because we are top notch with great instructors, although we have high standards. Pre-Med is also good, the coursework is on par with larger universities, and Clarion is relatively inexpensive.Other people who don't like it here are generally Communication majors or Business majors that just blow off all classwork...there is an abundance of those at Clarion...
|Nov 29 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| When I was looking at schools I wanted an out of state experience. Clarion had a beautiful campus and I remember my tour guide being friendly enough. My following experiences at the school, however, left much to be desired. To start the financial aid office, when they do take it upon themselves to actual work, is unhelpful and rude. Aid takes FOREVER to get through because of the incompetent staff. An awful woman named MaryJo had the nerve to tell me it was my fault that my aid was "pending" when upon further investigation we discovered it was a hold up on the office's side. Other academic offices are similarly unhelpful and condescending; they have no time to "deal with students." Other than a handful of wonderful professors the rest of the instructors are out-dated. Their syllabi have not changed, many since the 80s, and their teaching styles are monotonous lectures. I truly wish I chose a different school and I would not recommend this university to anyone. If all you want is a lukewarm education and less and mediocre concern for student life I'm sure there are cheaper options. |
|Jan 19 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |