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Gannon University (Humanities and Social Science)

  • 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 future holds, and then achieve it. 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 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, 16 20 master and 3 doctoral degree programs.

Gannon was named by the 2014 edition of "U.S. News & 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.

Humanities and Social Science

A liberal arts education develops skills in reasoning logically; communication, both in the spoken and written word across various media; and critical thinking. It is the foundation for a life of learning, decision-making, and service.

Gannon features a 100% job placement rate for Gannon Communication Arts, Criminal Justice, English, and Philosophy graduates, while Social Work grads have a job placement rate that exceeds 90%.

Gannon's Study Abroad programs offer the opportunity to shift perspectives, build relationships, and the challenge to learn and grow. Gannon University sponsors several short-term study abroad experiences as well as semester-long programs in England, France, and Italy.

Gannon's highly selective Honors Program for academically talented and highly motivated students offers small class sizes and close contact between students and some of Gannon's finest professors, challenging students and teachers alike to broaden their knowledge and grow in the search for truth.

Gannon's Honors Program holds memberships in the following honors associations: National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), Northeast region of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NE-NCHC), Mideast Honors Association (MEHA).

A Center for Experiential Education prepares students for placement and assists students in securing quality internship, co-op, and shadowing experiences which provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in each student's field of interest.

Students Learn How to Think, Not What to Think

As society becomes more knowledge-based, critical thinking, communicating through media (both traditional and digital), and understanding human behavior will all be decisive. So will the abilities to research, organize and analyze. These are the skills that are at the heart of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Gannon humanities and social sciences students can pursue degrees in a variety of concentrations, including business, communication arts, criminal justice, political science, psychology, social work, and more. Students take advantage of the cooperative education program to pursue work experience through a variety of internships and co-ops, and have the opportunity to explore career paths with advertising agencies, law firms, health organizations, non-profits, and social organizations. Students in humanities and social sciences have great freedom to design an individualized course of study. It's multi-disciplinary learning for an increasingly multi-disciplinary world.

An Education You Can Put to Work

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

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

A Gannon education develops the whole person, from head to hands to heart. When students graduate from Gannon, they're not only prepared to start a career, they're prepared to live lives full of possibilities.

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.

Big City Meets Small Town

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

And when the school day is done, students can explore museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants right in the heart of the city, all steps away from Gannon. Just minutes away, students can 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. Many 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

It's easy to make friends and find things to do at Gannon. 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 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 overall grade point averages 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 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. 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 work with students to develop the best financial assistance package 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

Contact school now

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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