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Your new home away from home should make you feel relaxed and comfortable, whether you live in a residence hall or commute from home.

At Pennsylvania Western University, you can choose from three unique campuses, each nestled in a picturesque, vibrant town. Choose a lakeside community or one sprawling along a river’s bend.  

Although each campus is distinctly different, they share a common goal of offering you the best educational and life experience, both in and out of the classroom.

As a Pennsylvania Western University student, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses from professors at each campus. You will also enjoy robust shared student support programs and resources, clubs and organizations, athletics, intramurals and so much more. See what each of our campuses has to offer you.


World-class academics is just the beginning at PennWest California. Sprawling across 294 acres along the Monongahela River, this campus is less than one hour from the internationally renowned city of Pittsburgh, with its arts, culture, sports teams and business connections. Our best-in-class housing offers you independence, convenience and comfort in spacious residence halls or apartments, and the opportunity to participate in more than 100 student clubs and organizations and 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams. Is this where you belong?

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Blaze the Vulcan


Looking for an environment that supports you as you transition to college life, fosters independence and personal growth, and provides you with opportunities for meaningful community engagement? Welcome to PennWest Clarion. Here, it’s not just about earning a degree; it’s about building a life. Choose from more than 150 student organizations. Root for our many athletic teams. Or take advantage of the scenic trails and outdoor activities on the beautiful Clarion River and nearby Cook Forest State Park. Do you picture yourself here?

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Ernie the Eagle


Imagine yourself on a beautiful lakeside campus, surrounded by people who share your interests – and others who can offer a new perspective. Wondering if you’ll fit in? There are more than 140 student clubs and organizations, ranging from the Student Government Association and faith-based clubs to athletic teams and service groups. In one event alone last spring, the Edinboro Greek community raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through a friendly night of dodgeball. Sound like your kind of place?

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MacCato the Fighting Scot