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Gannon University (Engineering)

  • 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 the 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 futures hold, and then achieve those possibilities. Gannon students believe in the possibilities, believe in their potential, and, ultimately, believe in their success; because at Gannon, it's all possible.

Many Academic Programs, Unlimited Possibilities!

A four-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.

Biomedical Engineering

Gannon's Biomedical Engineering (BME) program provides students with fundamental engineering design and analysis skills to solve medical and biological problems. Biomedical engineers work with health care professionals to design medical devices and equipment that enhance quality of life for their patients by applying engineering product and process design strategies to medical problems.

The focus of the program is biomechanics -- the study of force and motion on the body. Students will learn how to build computer simulations for the movement of bones, ligaments, muscles, or the circulatory system to design implants or other medical devices that can help people recover from injury or illness.

Gannon's biomedical engineering program includes course offerings in biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical systems modeling, while also including curriculum from Gannon's current mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, and computer science programs.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical Engineering Program has two options: "Electrical and Electronics" and "Computer Engineering." The program is designed to guide students to build technical competency and effective communication and leadership skills. All Gannon electrical and computer engineering students have the opportunity to participate in national professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the National Honor Society for Electrical Engineers (Eta Kappa Nu).

Gannon's Center for Communication & Information System (C2IS) conducts funded research with students to help bridge engineering projects with local high-tech companies.

The electrical and computer engineering department has the largest group of international students from places such as China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Africa.

The department has published more than 34 peer-reviewed professional technical articles in national and international conference proceedings over the past four years.

Environmental Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program is a demanding curriculum which combines mathematics, the basic sciences, and engineering principles. Students in the program develop strong analytical skills and a broad understanding of environmental problems.

Environmental engineers are qualified to fill jobs designated for environmental scientists, and are also eligible for professional positions not open to those trained as scientists. Engineers often command higher salaries than non-engineers. Graduates will find careers in the public and private sectors, with government agencies, environmental consulting firms, and private industry.

The Environmental Engineering degree program at Gannon offers small classes and individual attention from the faculty members. Each environmental engineering student will work with a faculty mentor on a senior design project to bring together the theoretical and practical aspects of engineering design to solve an environmental problem.

Every environmental engineering student conducts a senior design project that brings together the elements of assessing engineering requirements for a new or modified system, and evaluating alternative solutions in terms of performance, efficiency, and economic benefit.

The environmental engineering faculty members have earned advanced doctoral degrees in areas including civil and environmental engineering, geo-environmental engineering, and industrial health and safety.

Mechanical Engineering

The overall goal of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to provide the student with a fundamental and application based education. This program is designed to prepare the student for employment in research, development, design, and production in industry or government, as well as to assure a high level of preparation for those students who continue to advanced studies. A part of this preparation is to recognize and respond to ethical and public issues, including safety, social, and environmental concerns.

To facilitate and support student development, the department has up-to-date laboratories for education and research, including strength of materials lab, fluid mechanics lab, heat transfer lab, automatic control lab, computer graphics, and CAD lab. A technician and a machine shop support these labs.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science, in cooperation with The Dahlkemper School of Business Administration, offers a special program leading qualified undergraduates to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. This program is completed in 5 years of full-time study (including 3 summers).

Software Engineering

The Software Engineering (SE) major is designed to produce graduates who are capable of developing high-quality software systems. This outcome includes developing technical competency as well as leadership and communication skills necessary to analyze, design, verify, validate, implement, and maintain software systems. Gannon software engineers learn how to apply the principles of computer science, engineering, and analysis to the design, creation, testing, and evaluation of software and digital systems. As the societal dependence on software systems grows, the students will have the foundations necessary to face ethical dilemmas and to act responsibly as part of their professional training.

The program is one of only 25 such offerings in the U.S. and one of only 60 in the world. Professionally-involved, technical faculty members, including those with professional certifications in software development, teach and mentor majors.

The SE program is hosted by the Computer and Information Science (CIS) department along with the related CIS majors of the computing and information fields: bioinformatics, computer science, and information systems. The program shares CIS facilities and courses with the related majors in the computing and information fields, enabling participation in interdisciplinary and team-based projects.

Students and Professors: Partners in Learning

Gannon professors' first priority is the success of their students. Gannon professors get to know students. They learn about students' goals, accomplishments, and struggles. Students feel comfortable contributing to class discussions, speaking with professors after class, and working with them as they plan their careers.

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 their faith and 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 faculty members and staff members believe the university's diverse community should be an example of tolerance, respect, understanding, and enrichment. As such, students find ample opportunities to serve others through volunteer projects on campus, in the community, and across the nation. The Gannon community views service to others not simply as something special to do, but as part of a 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 to get to know students and have fun on campus. Students, faculty members, and staff members are big supporters of the Golden Knights and Lady Knights. Students gather in the stands to rally the players or take road trips to cheer on the team at away games. 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. Gannon's student-athletes excel on the field and in the classroom, consistently earning an overall grade point average above 3.0.

Gannon's 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. Gannon 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 Gannon's 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 you 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. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in their senior year. Admissions decisions are made within two to four weeks after an application is complete. Admissions criteria include grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, class rank, courses taken, grades, personal statement, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities.

Financial Assistance

More than 90% of Gannon students qualify for merit-based and/or need-based financial assistance. The university strives to make a Gannon University education affordable and works 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 website 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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