Clarks Summit University to close

Clarks Summit University, a small Christian institution located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, has announced that it will be closing its doors after nearly 100 years of operation. The decision comes after a prolonged financial struggle and declining enrollment.

According to reports, the university’s enrollment has been declining steadily over the past decade, making it challenging for the institution to sustain its operations. Despite efforts to increase enrollment and reduce costs, the university’s leadership has been unable to find a viable solution to the financial crisis.

The university’s board of trustees, in a statement released earlier this week, said that the decision to close was made after exploring all possible options, including merging with another institution. However, due to the university’s unique curriculum and mission, it was determined that a merger would not be feasible.

The campus will officially close its doors on May 31, 2024, and the university has begun making plans to relocate its students to other institutions. The university has also created a transition team to support students in the process of transferring to other institutions.

Founded in 1927, Clarks Summit University has a rich history of providing Christian education to students from across the country. The university’s campus has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years, but despite its rich history, the institution has struggled to remain financially viable.

The university’s closure will have a significant impact on the community, with many students, faculty, and staff members expressing sadness and disappointment. The university’s closure is also expected to have a ripple effect on other local businesses and institutions that relied on Clarks Summit University for part of their customer base.

In the coming weeks, the university will continue to work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure a smooth transition and provide support to those affected by the closure.