Undergraduate Admissions

  • Why choose Gannon?

    Preparation for Leadership

    Gannon University’s more than 70 undergraduate and nearly 25 graduate programs in liberal arts and professional specializations prepare students for leadership roles in their careers, society, and church. A value-centered education gives students the opportunity to build morally and intellectually significant lives and careers in an ever-changing world. For the eighth consecutive year, Gannon University is ranked as a top-tier university in the 2012 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

    Student Centered

    A 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that students receive committed teaching and personal attention. We bring out the best in you -- not just academically, but personally, socially, and spiritually as well.

    Rooted in Faith

    Faith is at the center of everything at Gannon. While we are a Diocesan university grounded in the Catholic Tradition, we warmly welcome persons of all faiths and backgrounds, providing opportunities for respect, and enrichment through diversity within the Gannon community. Campus Ministry actively provides opportunities for faith development through daily/weekend liturgies, retreats, and weekly Bible studies. Alternative Spring Breaks and Service-learning classes enhance our students' learning through hands-on experience -- both on campus and abroad.

    Vibrant, Urban Campus

    The vibrant, urban campus of Gannon University is located on the waterfront in the heart of Erie, Pennsylvania's entertainment and cultural district.

    For fun, you can take in a concert, play or movie, catch a SeaWolves baseball game (AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) or an Ontario Hockey League Otters game. There are several outdoor festivals throughout the year – all within walking distance of campus

    This location enables students to easily find internships and co-op jobs with federal, state, and local government agencies; accounting, law, and marketing firms; hospitals; industrial and insurance companies; and museums.

    The Gannon campus is also close to Presque Isle State Park, a popular tourist attraction with seven miles of beaches, lagoons, hiking trails and biking and jogging paths. Three miles away is the Millcreek Mall Complex, often cited as the third-largest shopping mall in the U.S.

    The major metropolitan centers of Cleveland, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh are all within two hours' driving time, as is Canada.

    Our P.R.O.M.I.S.E.

    Each year during orientation, the incoming class gathers for a group photo. More importantly, this time is used to promote a unified community through P.R.O.M.I.S.E. -- Promoting Responsible Ongoing Management In Social Environments.

    Wearing new P.R.O.M.I.S.E. t-shirts, students recite this promise:

    I promise to make healthy and responsible decisions; to show respect for God, myself, others, and the environment; to support the Gannon community and wear my P.R.O.M.I.S.E and Gannon apparel with pride when I attend healthy social options such as GU athletic events, Activities Programming Board (APB) and student sponsored activities, volunteer and service projects, and cultural and arts events.