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Three legendary institutions. One promising future.

PennWest may be a new name, but its history spans nearly 165 years of tradition and academic excellence.

Formed by the integration of California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, PennWest is a model for future success. It’s building 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 Cal, Clarion and Edinboro.

As a student, you will continue to receive the financial aid, personal attention and academic support you need to reach your educational goals and build the future you envision. Whatever campus you choose, you can also expect a vibrant experience that includes leadership and service opportunities, athletics, cultural activities, recreation, student-led clubs and more.

Our plans for the future are as bold and bright as the students we serve. To learn more or get answers to frequently asked questions, visit passhe.edu/integrations.

To get more information about integration on a specific campus, visit the websites of California, Clarion and Edinboro.

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson 
Listen to Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson's interview about PennWest on KDKA-AM.

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12,800 total enrollment 


Pennsylvania Western University empowers students to build meaningful lives through a broad array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, career-focused learning and an unwavering focus on student success. A regional comprehensive university, PennWest provides accessible, high value higher education on its three premier residential campuses in western Pennsylvania and its virtual campus.

June 2, 2022

PennWest Way

We offer Education Your Way
We are Student Ready
We are Western PA
We advocate for all members of our community
We empower and invest in our people and culture

Strategic Focus Areas

Academic Innovation and Excellence
Career Readiness
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Enrollment Growth
Fiscal Sustainability & Efficiency
Student Success
PennWest California
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Mascot: Vulcans


Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions
PennWest Clarion
840 Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214
Mascot: Golden Eagles


Undergraduate Admissions
800-672-7171 ext. 1

Graduate Admissions
800-672-7171, option 6
PennWest Edinboro
219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
Mascot: Fighting Scots


Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions