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 57 bachelor, 9 pre-professional, 20 cooperative professional school agreements, 7 associate, 22 master, and 4 doctoral degree programs.
Gannon was named by the 2015 edition of "U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges as a Best Value School in the North Region, ranking 9th on the list, the only University in Western Pennsylvania with this distinction. This is the 9th 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.
Students interested in the humanities, education and social sciences have recently enjoyed the opening of two new buildings: The Forensic Investigation Center and The Center for Communication and the Arts. These two structures allow for greater collaboration and interdisciplinary work among students and faculty.
The Forensic Investigation Center feature a forensic laboratory with comparison microscopes for the analysis of fibers, firearms examination, fingerprints, and questioned document examination modeled on the FBI laboratory in Washington, D.C.
The Center of Communication and the Arts is home to a state-of-the art Media Center and Multimedia Studio, a television and audio production complex equipped with the latest digital workstations and tools, and a multipurpose art studio. Also located in this facility, is 90.5 WERG, the University's award-winning radio station, the Schuster Gallery, the Gannon Knight newspaper, the Collins Institute for Archeological Research and the Erie Chamber Orchestra.
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 addition, the newly renovated Recreation and Wellness Center is home to a Human Performance Laboratory that includes motion analysis and human performance and testing laboratories where faculty and students in the physical therapy, sport and exercise science, human performance, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering and Doctor or Nursing Practice (DNP) program can collaborate on learning and research projects.
In the health professions area, the majors include medical technology, nursing, nutrition and human performance, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, radiologic science, respiratory care and sport and exercise science. In the sciences, the degree offerings include biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, freshwater and marine biology, mathematics, and science.
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, chiropractic, 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 entrepreneurship to healthcare management and supply chain management, with a great variety of others, as well. The School of Engineering offers degrees in "Biomedical," "Electrical and Computer," "Environmental," "Industrial" and "Mechanical"." The Computer Science department offers degrees in bioinformatics, computer science, information systems and software engineering.
The Center for Business Ingenuity recently opened on campus and is now home to all of Gannon's business programs. In addition to new learning space and a new curriculum that features SAP software, Gannon business students also benefit from having direct access to the Small Business Development Center and the Erie Technology Incubator. Both entities are located in the Center for Business Ingenuity and provide students with the opportunity to experience intensive internship experiences as they help small business and companies grow.
Soon to open is the Center for Advanced Engineering which will provide biomedical, industrial and mechanical engineering students with new lab space while also providing greater space in our Zurn Science Center for electrical and environmental engineering majors.
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!
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 offers57 bachelor degrees and 38minors. 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 top ranked college radio station, 90.5 WERG-FM.
- Criminal Justice majors will learn from and work hand-in-hand with former FBI and CIA agents who are now Gannon faculty members.
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, and 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 80 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.
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 recent additions and modernizations to the Recreation and Wellness Center have added an additional 12,000 square feet to the facility in addition to a new 80-yard indoor practice facility, offering all students free access to a collegiate-sized swimming pool, racquetball courts, indoor running track, weight machines, cardio equipment, and a healthy refreshment and snack bar.
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 35,000 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 two to four weeks after their applications are complete. Admissions criteria include:
- Grade point average
- SAT or ACT scores
- Courses taken
- Personal statement
- Recommendation letters
Prospective students can apply online for free at www.gannon.edu/apply!
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 EVA process enables families to determine estimated educational costs at the very beginning of the admissions process.