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Gannon University

  • Erie, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 57%43%
    student ratio
  • 3,111
    total students
  • $27,000 | $27,000
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 80%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 525
    sat math
  • 510
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 23
    act composite

Overview

Discover Possibilities at Gannon University!

The future is full of possibilities: Dreams on the verge of becoming fulfilled. Hidden talents just waiting to be discovered. Ideas ready to become a reality. At Gannon University, students have the power to explore all the possibilities their future holds, and then achieve it. Students believe in the possibilities. Students believe in potential. And, ultimately, students believe in their success. Because at Gannon, it's all possible.

Many Academic Programs, Unlimited Possibilities!

A 4-year Catholic university, dedicated to providing a liberal arts education integrated with professional skills and faith-based learning, Gannon University has 54 bachelor, 9 pre-professional, 8 associate, 20 master, and 3 doctoral degree programs.

Gannon was named by the 2014 edition of "U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges as a Best Value School in the North Region, ranking 11th on the list. This is the 8th consecutive year that Gannon University has been named to this list.

Gannon's College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences includes programs in communication arts, criminal justice, history, legal studies, psychology and many more.

The School of Education offers degrees that range from early childhood (Pre-K to 4) and middle level (4 to 8) education to secondary education and special education.

The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is located in the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, a 99,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, faculty member offices, and a 5,800-square-foot, leading edge Patient Simulation Center.

In the health professions area, the majors include medical technology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and sport and exercise science.. In the sciences, the degree offerings include bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, environmental science and mathematics..

In addition, there are pre-professional programs for students looking toward medical, dental, or veterinary school, as well as accelerated and cooperative medical programs in allopathy, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, and pharmacy.

The College of Engineering and Business, which includes the Dahlkemper School of Business Administration, offers business majors that cover all the fields, from accounting and business administration to entrepreneurship, with a great variety of others, as well. The School of Engineering offers degrees in "Biomedical," "Electrical and Computer," "Environmental," "Mechanical," and "Software Engineering."

An Education Students Can Put to Work

Hands-on. Real-world. Faith-inspired. Successful. That's what makes a Gannon education stand out. Here, students have the opportunities to learn professional skills in their major -- skills that transfer directly to the workplace.

Depending on their majors, students' classrooms may be in high-tech laboratories; in businesses, hospitals, or schools; or outside in national parks or waterways. As they're learning, students will see how their educations connect with the real world, how they will put their educations to work once they graduate. And through it all, students will learn in an atmosphere where respect for faith and values is important.

A Gannon education develops students' whole persons, from their heads to their hands to their hearts. When students graduate from Gannon, they will not only be prepared to start their careers, they will be prepared to live lives full of possibilities.

What's Possible? Students Name It!

Students can think about what they love to study? or where they imagine themselves working? or what they want to accomplish in the future. It's possible at Gannon. The university offers 54 bachelor degrees and 45 minors. Each of the majors includes opportunities to work and learn in professional settings and with expert faculty members who have close ties to their working professions. And each major has something to offer.

Here are just a few examples:

- Education majors can receive field experience as early as freshman year.

- Engineering majors, from environmental to electrical, have a nearly 100% placement rate upon graduation.

- Nursing majors have access to practical clinics in more than 40 community-based agencies and hospital affiliations.

- Communication arts majors can work at Gannon's radio station, 90.5 WERG-FM.

- Political science majors can work with career professionals and leaders from Erie to Washington, D.C.

Students and Professors: Partners in Learning

Gannon professors' first priority is the success of their students. Students shouldn't be surprised when their professors stop and chat with them in the hallways or remember them long after they've finished classes. Gannon professors get to know students. They learn about students' goals, students' accomplishments, and students' struggles. Students will feel comfortable contributing to class discussions, speaking with their professors after class and working with those professors to plan their careers.

Big City Meets Small Town

Erie, Pennsylvania is a city made for college students. Downtown, right next door to Gannon's campus, students will find abundant opportunities for internships and co-op jobs with government agencies, local businesses, and hospitals.

And when their school days are done, students will have plenty of fun, as well. Students explore museums, galleries, theaters, and restaurants right in the heart of the city, all steps away from Gannon. Just minutes away, students relax on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park, a popular Gannon student hangout, or cheer on Erie's professionally affiliated hockey, baseball, and basketball teams. Students say Erie is just the right size: big enough to provide plenty of professional and recreational opportunities, but small enough to easily get to places and feel secure.

Join in, Make Friends and Have Fun

Anyone who asks students when they've had the most fun at Gannon will get a variety of responses: playing ping-pong at Waldron, pick-up basketball with friends, Homecoming, concerts at Gannon's Hammermill Center, hanging out in their residence hall, freshman orientation, improvisation class. Everyone has a different answer. That's because Gannon offers a wide variety of activities and organizations to meet all interests.

It's easy to make friends and find things to do here. The welcoming, friendly environment is the perfect place to participate in on-campus events, join one of over 70 clubs and organizations, and try something new. The student-run Activities Programming Board organizes fun events including movies, concerts and trips. Residence hall life, campus ministry and service, and athletics and recreation add plenty of social activities to students' schedules, as well.

Faith and Service: Act on Your Values

Founded in the Catholic faith, Gannon University offers a variety of opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of faith and to act on their values. Gannon welcomes students and faculty members from all faiths and beliefs, and strives to offer an environment that prepares students to make professional and personal choices grounded in strong values and integrity.

Gannon believes the diverse community should be an example of tolerance, respect, understanding, and enrichment. As such, students will find ample opportunities to serve others through volunteer projects on campus, in the community and across the nation. At Gannon, service to others is not simply something special to do. The university sees service as part of the daily responsibility to improving society and helping others.

Gannon Athletic Programs: Time to Play

For both competing athletes and fans alike, the athletic program is another way prospective students can get to know current students and have fun on campus. Students, faculty members, and staff members are big supporters of the Golden Knights and Lady Knights. Visitors will find students gathering in the stands to rally the players or taking road trips to cheer on the team at away games. Gannon's student-athletes have strong support from coaches and faculty members, and as a result, they excel on the field and in the classroom.

As part of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), Gannon has 20 NCAA Division II scholarship-granting varsity sports with students consistently earning an overall grade point average above 3.0.

The intramural sports program and athletic facilities are open to all students. Recreation at Gannon is a great way to meet new people, stay active, and unwind from studying. The Carneval Athletic Pavilion offers all students free access to a collegiate-sized swimming pool, racquetball courts, indoor running track, weight machines, and cardio equipment.

Beyond Graduation: Success Awaits

Gannon graduates achieve success. Graduates enter the workforce armed with impressive resumes, extensive knowledge in their chosen fields, and professional experience. Just as essential, graduates know the importance of serving their communities and living value-centered lives.

Employers clearly appreciate this combination of knowledge, skills, and purposeful living, proven by employment placement rates, which are well above national averages. Gannon's 32,500 alumni live in every state of the nation and 51 countries. Their careers are varied: they run businesses, teach, lead nonprofit organizations, work in hospitals, and conduct research. Gannon alumni form a strong network that students can tap into for career advice, mentoring, job shadowing, and connections to employment opportunities.

Applying to Gannon

Gannon values each prospective student and carefully evaluates each application. Prospective students should apply as early as possible in their senior years. Admissions decisions are made within 2 to 4 weeks after their applications are complete. Admissions criteria include:

- Grade point average

- SAT or ACT scores

- Class rank

- Courses taken

- Grades

- Personal statement

- Recommendation letters

- Extracurricular activities

Prospective students can apply online for free at www.gannon.edu/apply!

Financial Assistance

More than 90% of students at Gannon qualify for merit-based and/or need-based financial assistance. Gannon University strives to make education affordable and will work with students to develop the best financial assistance packages possible. Gannon offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and awards that recognize academic and athletic accomplishments, outstanding talents, and demonstrated need.

Gannon advises all students to start planning early to take advantage of all possible opportunities when financing a college education. The university has established the Gannon Financial Aid Early Version Award (EVA) and invites students and their families to visit the web site and use the tools provided there. The EVAL process enables families to determine estimated educational costs at the very beginning of the admissions process.


Location & Contact

Gannon University

109 University Square
Erie, PA 16541-0001
USA

Office of Admissions

Phone: 814-871-7240
Fax: 814-871-5803
Email: admissions@gannon.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Area Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Programming
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioinformatics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Care Therapy
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Leadership
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Insurance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

80% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,983
    • Accepted3,203
    • Acceptance Rate80%
    • Enrolled3,111
    • Female Applicants2,072
    • Females Accepted1,658
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants1,911
    • Males Accepted1,545
    • Male Acceptance Rate80%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      counselor's recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.55
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 510 460 560
    • SAT Math 525 470 590
    • SAT Writing 440 550
    • ACT Composite 23 20 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,000
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$546.00
    • Room and board *$10,940.00
    • Room only *$5,740.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,111
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.28%
    • Black or African American4.08%
    • White or Caucasian70.2%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.35%
    • Asian1.32%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.19%
    • Two or more races.93%
    • Unknown1.41%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.82% representing 31 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students25.03% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 42%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations GU Society of Physician Assistants, GU Habitat for Humanity, Activities Programming Board, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Exercise Science Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other security cameras

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo No Division 2 Yes
    • Wrestling No Division 2 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No Division 2 Yes
    • Water polo No Division 2 Yes
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty356
    • Full-time Percentage56%
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 3,478 students to 251 faculty

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