• Do I have to attend orientation? 

    • Gannon requires all incoming freshmen to attend one of the four summer orientation sessions. Participation in orientation is a critical component of your First Year Experience at Gannon University and helps to insure you make a smooth transition to the University. It is expected that all first year students will attend an orientation session.

    Is there an orientation for parents?

    • During the scheduled orientation, we offer specific sessions for parents. We will answer parents’ questions and help them understand what their son or daughter will experience as they enter the university. Parents will also have the opportunity to reside in the residence hall during orientation. Parents are housed on separate floors or sections of the residence hall apart from the students.

    Should parents attend orientation?

    • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend to learn as much as they can about the university and our academic programs and expectations for our students. Parents will also meet faculty and administrators and hear about the many services available to our students. Orientation also provides an opportunity for parents to meet and share a common experience with other parents.

    Do I have to stay overnight on campus?

    • Students are strongly encouraged to stay on campus and experience residence hall life. Local commuter students are also invited to stay on campus. Parents are welcome to stay on campus as well. Housing is available to all participants on a first come, first served basis. Students are housed together in rooms separate from parents.

    Can I stay on campus if my parents decide to stay off campus?

    • Yes. Students are strongly encouraged to stay on campus during orientation and will be housed with other students. Be sure to mark the appropriate options for students and parents on your reservation card.

    Do I have to attend both days of orientation?

    • Gannon expects students to make the entire two-day commitment as every session scheduled is important to your success. Students who leave early will miss important information and opportunities. Contact the New Student Services Office to discuss this issue further if necessary.

    What should I bring?

    • Attire is casual. If you are residing on campus during orientation, sheets, pillowcases, and towels are provided. You must bring your own pillows, blankets, soap and toiletries. Additional items you might want to bring:
      • Alarm clock
      • Bathrobe
      • Shower shoes
      • Light sweater/jacket
      • Umbrella/sunglasses
      • Hangers
      • Comfortable shoes

    If I have to travel a long distance and will arrive early or need to depart later where can I stay before or after orientation?

    • The Avalon Hotel (1-800-822-5011 or 814-459-2220) at 16 West 10th Street is within walking distance of campus. There are many hotels in the Erie area that are a short drive to campus. Check www.eriepa.com for more information.

    Can I bring a friend with me to orientation?

    • No. The orientation program is designed for new students and their parents/guardians. The program is not structured to accommodate guests.

    How do I get to campus for orientation?

    • Click here for directions to Gannon's Orientation Program.

    How long will each session last?

    • Each session lasts two days. The orientation check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the first day and the program continues through 5:00 p.m. on the second day. Also sessions run Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.

    Will I register for classes at orientation?

    • On the second day of each orientation, you will meet with a department representative from your major field and finalize the preliminary schedule that has been put together by our Registrar’s office.

    How can I change my major?

    • If you want to change your major anytime before classes begin for the Fall term you must contact our Admission’s Office and make the request. The Admission’s staff will review your request and inform you of the decision.