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Welcome to PennWest

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I’m delighted to lead western Pennsylvania’s second-largest university, with campuses at California, Clarion and Edinboro.

We’ve built a university where students come first – and where they’re at the table when decisions are made.

At PennWest University:

  • We offer education your way, with in-person, hybrid and online programs that suit your life and support your career plans.
  • We’re student ready. We meet you where you are and guide you through financial, personal and academic challenges. We advocate for all members of our community, so everyone feels a sense of belonging.
  • We are Western Pennsylvania. We’re serving our communities and keeping our local economy strong.
  • We empower and invest in our people and culture, creating a supportive environment where you can learn, work and thrive.

I invite you to learn more about PennWest, starting with this fact sheet and our points of pride. The future you want starts here!

Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Founding President, PennWest University