Campus Life at Clarks Summit University
Love Where You Live
Your college life is going to be much more than just taking classes. That’s why, at CSU, we’ve designed co-curricular, experienced-based learning opportunities for you. Simply put, that means every experience you have at CSU is meant to prepare you to become a Christ-centered, career-ready graduate. You’ll benefit from plenty of opportunities for student growth and development doing things you love.
Your Social Life
At Clarks Summit University, there are many ways to fill your downtime, whether you’re attending a campus social or school activity, enjoying a coffee at the Underground Café, cheering on the Defenders, working out in the Recreation Center, studying in the library or hanging out with friends in a residence hall lounge. You’ll love being in a place with a positive atmosphere where you can expand your leadership capacity, explore your gifts and abilities, utilize your creativity and make memories that will last for the rest of your life.
Get Involved and Try New Things
You can jump into a range of activities and organizations offered at CSU.
Student theatrical performances, Concert Choir, Chapel Worship Team and other performance opportunities provide a creative outlet for some and quality entertainment for others.
Athletes will enjoy the opportunity to sharpen their skills on one of our Defender Athletics teams, and everyone is encouraged to participate in our intramural programs.
Student organizations and residence halls produce creative activities and campus-wide socials. In the past, residence halls have organized events like Carter Hall’s “Carter Clue,” a live-action game of clue with a different theme each year, and Ridley Hall’s “Couples Kickball,” a costumed kickball game. Learn more about our residence halls.
The Student Missions Fellowship, a student-run organization, is dedicated to kindling a life-long burden and passion for missions in students through regular meetings and activities.
Being a member of the Student Leadership Council provides opportunities for you to enhance your leadership skills while positively affecting the lives of others.
Creative thinkers, writers and photographers can find an outlet in the student-published, digital literary magazine, “Vantage.”
There is something for everyone.
Open to all students by audition, music ensembles perform for the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and Commencement. Students earn one hour of academic credit for each semester of participation. Due to performance responsibilities, acceptance into a group requires a two-semester membership commitment. A mixed ensemble, the Concert Choir has been a part of the university since its founding in 1932. The group appears in campus programs such as the Christmas and Spring Concerts.
Kindred HeARTs, CSU’s theatre group, puts on one major production every semester. If you love acting, or just want to give it a try, round out your Clarks Summit University experience by getting involved in the arts!
Kindred HeARTs presents theatre that features the acting, singing, designing, producing and directing talents of students just like you. The Clarks Summit University Drama Department presents comedic, dramatic, and musical productions that are heartily enjoyed by the CSU family, as well as the surrounding community.
Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate and further develop their leadership abilities in the context of various student organizations. Through these organizations, students are active and influential in both the current face and future direction of the university.
Student Leadership Council (SLC)
The Student Leadership Council is an executive team elected by the student body. One of SLC’s many functions is overseeing the other student organizations.
Residence Hall Organizations
On-campus students can also be members of their residence hall’s organization. Residents appoint an officer team to oversee residence hall activities, finances, participation in campus events and dorm worship sessions. Officers also conduct periodic “dorm meetings” to inform residents of upcoming events and activities, and to discuss future plans.
Residence hall organizations contribute to the campus in a variety of ways. In the past, residence halls have organized events like Barndollar Hall’s “Dating Game,” which provides entertainment for participants and onlookers alike, and Thomson Hall’s “Sadie Hawkins Skate,” which gives students an opportunity to get off campus and celebrate Valentine’s Day at a local skating rink.
Student Missions Fellowship
The Student Missions Fellowship (SMF) is an organization that is run by students at Clarks Summit University with the help of a staff advisor. SMF is dedicated to instilling Missions majors and non-Missions majors alike with a life-long burden and passion for missions. Through regular meetings and activities, SMF seeks both to raise awareness of the extreme importance of missions work, and to consistently pray for the work God is doing through missionaries in various parts of the world.
CSU’s student run digital publication is a literary magazine that gives students a voice in writing and photography. From original poetry to personal profiles, student work is centered on a theme for each issue. Student writers and photographers can benefit from leadership roles in editing the publication as they build their resume and portfolios.
Many CSU students are passionate about serving in this ministry created and led by CSU employees. You can dedicate a few nights a week to take the hope of Christ directly to a group of inner-city young people, empowering them to live victoriously.
You’re invited to get to know us and enjoy our beautiful campus here in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
We’d love for you to explore the events, resources and destinations we’ve made available for friends like you.
- Cardio room with treadmills, bikes and ellipticals.
- Three full-size basketball and volleyball courts
- Free Wifi
- 1/9-mile running track.
- Weight room with Precor equipment.
- Wheelchair access to top and bottom floors.
Hours of Operation
11 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
6 a.m.–10 p.m.
*The times listed above are our general hours of operation, but please refer to the Recreation Center Calendar for real-time closings, reservations and updates to the regular schedule.
Recreation Center Membership
- Community Individual: $30
- Community Family: $60
- CSU Alumni Individual: $15
- CSU Alumni Family: $30
Welcome to the Underground Café, a cozy coffee shop that is a favorite hang-out spot for CSU students and home to the on-campus school apparel store!
Once a dilapidated storage shed, the Underground Café owes its radical transformation to the vision and hard work of the class of 2000. Open to students, staff and the community, the Underground Café serves up snacks and beverages such as smoothies, frappés, juices and a wide variety of hot and cold coffees and teas. Dedicated to a fair trade mission, the Underground Café is not only a favorite on-campus hangout, it’s also the place to grab Clarks Summit University apparel and gifts!
Located on the campus of Clarks Summit University
538 Venard Rd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Camps & Conferences
May 19-20, 2023
- An 18-hour event for men to get away, gear up and give back.
- Special speaker: Dave Dravecky, former professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.
Hit the pause button on your daily grind and recharge spiritually with other men who are excited about serving Christ. On the campus of Clarks Summit University, you’ll eat well, recharge, learn from God’s Word and even help with a service project during this jam-packed experience.
LYFE Women’s Conference
June 2-3, 2023
- Special speaker: Lina Abujamra, a pediatric ER doctor, now practicing telemedicine, and founder of Living with Power Ministries.
- Guest artist: Anita Renfro, musical comedian.
Step away and deepen your faith at the LYFE Women’s Conference. You’ll enjoy captivating national speakers, targeted breakout sessions, delicious food and worship sessions that will leave you praising God throughout the entire year!
A ministry of Clarks Summit University, the conference is easily accessible by major highways and an international airport. Tucked away on the beautiful CSU campus, you’ll relax and learn just a few hours from New York City and Philadelphia.
Teen Leadership Conference (TLC) was started with one purpose—equipping students to be leaders in their communities. Individuals who attend TLC receive biblically saturated teaching, interactive workshops and worship; along with activities and games. The programming of TLC has been designed to provide an outlet for students and their youth leaders to engage, edify, encourage and push one-another to become biblical leaders. TLC has existed because of God’s faithfulness. It’s never been about one person, it’s about the God-honoring program we provide.
Big Blue Sports Camps
- Basketball: June 26–30
- Soccer: August 7–11
Fundamental, focused and fun, Big Blue Sports Camps are designed to improve your child’s athletic skills as well as grow their personal character. These sports camps are not your average day-camp experience; the skill development, enthusiastic approach to learning sports and life lessons will impact your child well beyond the camp experience!
Church Relations & Speakers Bureau
Clarks Summit University faculty and staff can help fill needs at your church or organization. They can serve as interim pastors, single-day speakers or leaders of special events.
If you have any questions or needs, please contact the Alumni office.
If you are interested in having someone from Clarks Summit University come and speak at your church, school or function, please contact them directly. You can find their information on our Speaker’s Bureau page.