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Erie, PA


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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 - Grades - Personal statement - Recommendation letters Prospective students can apply online for free at!

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 EVA process enables families to determine estimated educational costs at the very beginning of the admissions process.

Location & Contact

Address 109 University Square
Erie, PA  16541
United States
Contact Office of Admissions
Phone: 814-871-7240
Fax: 814-871-5803

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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Aquatic Biology/limnology Checkmark
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business/commerce, General Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
Insurance Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems, General Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Advertising Checkmark
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology/technician Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Computer And Information Systems Security/auditing/information Assurance Checkmark
Computer Programming/programmer, General Checkmark
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Education Associate Bachelors
Early Childhood Education And Teaching Checkmark Checkmark
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Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education And Teaching Checkmark
Social Studies Teacher Education Checkmark
Special Education And Teaching, General Checkmark
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Industrial Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Literature (british And Commonwealth) Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Foreign Languages And Literatures, General Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences, Other Checkmark
Health/health Care Administration/management Checkmark
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other Checkmark
Occupational Therapy/therapist Checkmark
Physician Assistant Checkmark
Pre-physical Therapy Studies Checkmark
Public Health, General Checkmark
Radiologic Technology/science - Radiographer Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist Checkmark Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Military Technologies Associate Bachelors
Cyber/electronic Operations And Warfare Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Exercise Science And Kinesiology Checkmark
Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Personal And Culinary Services Associate Bachelors
Funeral Service And Mortuary Science, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Research And Experimental Psychology, Other Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Social Work Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark Checkmark
Forensic Science And Technology Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
Theology/theological Studies Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Acting Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Technical Theatre/theatre Design And Technology Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs A minimum high school GPA of 3
2 recommendations
Recommended Essay
Other requirements: Counselor's recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 520 620
SAT Math 510 620
ACT Composite 19 26

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
Out-of-state students


Male (39.1%)
Female (60.9%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 45%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
GIVE Day (Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere), Homecoming Weekend and Springtopia

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
GU Society of Physician Assistant, GU Habitat for Humanity, Activities Programming Board, Student Occupational Therapy Association and Organization of Women Leaders

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
security cameras in and outside of campus facilities, including streets and sidewalks


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Football Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Gymnastics No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark Checkmark No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo No Division 2 Checkmark
Wrestling No Division 2 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Gymnastics No Checkmark Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Water Polo No Division 2 Checkmark
Wrestling No No No
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