Gannon University

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109 University Square

Erie, PA 16541

Phone: (814) 871-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#54 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Gannon University is a private institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,008, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 37 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gannon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 54. Its tuition and fees are $27,546 (2013-14).

Gannon University is a Catholic institution located in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, in the city of Erie. Undergraduates at Gannon University can choose from more than 50 academic programs, and graduate students can pursue master’s degrees in nearly 20 fields, including health and psychology. Gannon students learn in small classes and build their curriculum on the Core of Discovery program of about 40 liberal arts credits. The school upholds its Catholic mission through both the Campus Ministry Office and the Center for Social Concerns, which coordinates community service projects.

Gannon University students can get involved in about 75 campus clubs, as well as student government and Greek life. The Student Activity Board also plans many events for students to explore, such as cookouts, ice cream socials, movie nights, and comedy shows. Student athletes can play intramural sports or try out for the Gannon University Golden Knights varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Gannon University is a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our dynamic faculty and staff prepare motivated students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we offer a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility. Students are empowered to become leaders in their professions, churches and communities through challenging academics, a wide range of campus organizations, and personal attention for each student. As an urban university, located on the shores of Lake Erie in the heart of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, Gannon is uniquely positioned to use the power of its campus' academic, research, and service resources to enhance the surrounding community and seek solutions to urban problems in the physical, social, intellectual, economic and environmental realms.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1925
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $41,278,000


When applying to Gannon University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Gannon University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 83.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Gannon University is 13:1, and the school has 53.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Gannon University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 28%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%
Education 7%

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Student Life

Gannon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,008, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 44.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55.3 percent of students live off campus. Gannon University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,008
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Gannon University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Gannon University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Gannon University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Gannon University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Gannon University, 82.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,346.

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Tuition and fees $27,546 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,940 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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