Summer Orientation

  • Your Gannon Experience

     Welcome to the family! Orientation will be:

    • Customizable, to meet your needs and align with your interests
    • Led in-part by students called Transition Guides
    • Interactive, engaging, and experiential

    Orientation 1

    Online Registration Expired

    Online registration has closed and Session 1 and Session 2 are currently full.

    If you would still like to register for Session 3 or Session 4, please call Melissa in New Student Programs at (814) 871 - 7597.

    • Session 1: June 26-27
    • Session 2: June 29-30
    • Session 3: July 6-7
    • Session 4: July 10-11

    Already Registered?

    Let us get to know you more by answering a few questions about yourself!  Visit https://engageu.gannon.edu/form/start/129696 and log-in with your Gannon email to access the Freshmen Survey.

    Download Guidebook

    The full Orientation schedule is now available on Guidebook, a website with an app available for smartphones and tablets.  You can download the app at www.guidebook.com/g/guorientation or by downloading Guidebook in the app store. 

    Once you have the app downloaded to your phone, you can search within the Guidebook app for "Gannon University Summer Orientation" and download the program. 

    Here you will find the full schedule with locations and descriptions, a packing list, a campus map, local dining options and much more!

    This app will also update automatically with new information and last-minute schedule changes in real-time.  Unsure of how to use Guidebook?  Stop by the registration table when you first check-in to Orientation for more information.

    Orientation 2  

  • Schedules and FAQ

    Schedule for New Students

    Events marked with  Customizable are customizable, allowing you to choose a schedule that fits your needs and interests.


    Day 1 Events
    10 a.m. - noon

    Registration open in Waldron Campus Center

    Parking will be available in the Peach Street ramp between West 7th and West 8 Streets. Transition Guides will be there to welcome you and lead you to registration

    11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

     CustomizableTaste of Erie lunch

    This event, cosponsored by the Erie Downtown Partnership, features some of our favorite locally-owned restaurants in Erie!

    1 p.m.

    Welcome & Opening Session for all students and guests

    1:30 p.m.

    Students connect with their pre-assigned small groups and Transition Guides

    3 p.m.

    Basic Needs Presentation: Residence Life, Commuter Life, dining options

    4:45 p.m.

    Customizable  Student Spotlight Series

    TED-style talks from current students about transitioning to Gannon and Erie

    5:30 p.m.

    Dinner on the green

    7 p.m.

    Customizable  IgKnight Your Passion: Customizing your Gannon experience

    Explore your choice of sessions on what makes the Gannon Experience special: Service, Globalization, Campus Engagement, Spiritual Wellness, Career Exploration & Development, Recreation & Wellness

    9:30 p.m.

    Customizable  Late-Knight Social

    Gannon’s state-of-the-art Recreation & Wellness Center will be open with games, activities, and programming, as well as The Knight Club with late-night snacks and trivia!


    Day 2 Events
    7:30 a.m.

    Athletics meet-and-greet breakfast (students and guests together)

    This meeting is required for student-athletes and their guests.

    8 a.m.

    Customizable  Unplugged sessions—optional

    Experience Gannon’s core value of wellness in optional meditation, yoga, or group fitness classes. Or come use the Recreation & Wellness Center on your own: cardio equipment, weights, strength-training, and open swim.

    8 - 9 a.m.

    Breakfast (students and guests together)

    9:15 a.m.

    It’s On Us: STEP UP!

    Learn about Gannon’s culture of creating a safe campus environment.

    10:15 a.m.

    Customizable  Liberal Studies Taste Test OR Honors Program Meeting

    Sit in a sample Gannon classroom, or meet with the Honors program director if you’re pre-accepted into that track.

    10:45 a.m.

    Meet with your advisor

    Pick up your schedule for the fall, learn how to use our various online interfaces and get your academic questions answered!

    11:45 a.m.

    Customizable  Resource Fair & Lunch

    Go at your own pace and have 1:1 conversations with campus partners and students

    1:15 p.m.

     Why Gannon?

    This signature Gannon Orientation program will help you map out the Gannon Experience that you want to create for yourself

    2:45 p.m.

    Send Off

    3:10 p.m.

    Customizable  Optional Special Interest Sessions, Part A (students & guests together)

    • Billing & Payments
    • Educational Loan Options
    • Technology Services
    • Commuter Life
    • Student Support Services
    3:40 p.m.

    Customizable  Optional Special Interest Sessions, Part B (students &  guests together)

    • Billing & Payments
    • Educational Loan Options
    • Technology Services
    • ROTC
    • Disability Services 
    4 p.m.

    That’s all…for now! See you in August!

    Schedule for Guests

    Orientation is as much for the new student as it is for the parent or other supportive adult. We hope you join us to learn how you can be a partner in your student's success at Gannon! 

    Events marked with  Customizable are customizable, allowing you to choose a schedule that fits your needs and interests.

    Day 1 Events
    10 a.m. - noon

    Registration open in Waldron Campus Center

    Parking will be available in the Peach Street ramp between West 7th and West 8 Streets. Transition Guides will walk you from the ramp to Waldron.

    11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    CustomizableTaste of Erie lunch

    This event, cosponsored by the Erie Downtown Partnership, features some of our favorite locally-owned restaurants in Erie!

    1 p.m.

    Welcome & Opening Session for all students and guests

    1:45 p.m.

    From Your Family to Ours: Your Student’s Transition to College at Gannon

    2:15 p.m.

    Basic Needs Presentation: Residence Life, Commuter Life, dining options

    3:30 p.m.

    We Care: Collaborative presentation from Police & Safety, Student Conduct, Office of Violence Prevention

    4:30 p.m.

    CustomizableIgKnight Your Passion: Customizing your Gannon experience

    Explore your choice of sessions on what makes the Gannon Experience special: Service, Globalization, Leadership, Spiritual Wellness, Career Exploration & Development, Recreation & Wellness

    6 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception sponsored by Alumni Services

    6:45 p.m.

    Dinner with faculty and staff

    8 p.m.

    Q&A session with current students (optional)

    8:30 p.m.

    Guest Social at one of our favorite local restaurants

    Day 2      Events
    7:30 a.m. Athletics meet-and-greet breakfast (students and guests together) 

    This meeting is required for student-athletes and their guests.

    8 a.m.

    Customizable  Unplugged sessions—optional

    Experience Gannon’s core value of wellness in optional meditation, yoga, or group fitness classes.

    8 a.m.

    Breakfast (students and guests together)

    9:15 a.m. Liberal Studies Taste Test
    9:45 a.m.

    Customizable  Special Interest Sessions

    Choose up to four - 20 minute sessions from the following:

     

    • Billing & Payments
    • Educational Loan Options
    • Academic Expectations
    • Student Success Center
    • Health & Counseling
    • Registrar's Office

     

    OR you may choose to visit open office on campus to seek answers to your specific questions (Residence Life, Admissions, Registrar, etc.)

     

    11:45 a.m.

    Customizable  Resource Fair & Lunch

    Have 1:1 conversations with campus partners and students

    1:10 p.m.

    Customizable  Special Interest Sessions

    Choose up to three - 20 minute sessions from the following:

     

    • Campus Safety Follow-up
    • Residence Life Follow-up
    • Commuter Life Follow-up
    • Athletics Follow-up
    • Health & Counseling Services
    • Disability Services

     

    OR you may choose to visit open office on campus to seek answers to your specific questions (Residence Life, Admissions, Registrar, etc.)

     

    2:45 p.m.

    Send Off

    3 p.m. Customizable  Check Out
    3:10 p.m.

    Customizable  Optional Special Interest Sessions, Part A (students & guests together)

    • Billing & Payments
    • Educational Loan Options
    • Technology Services
    • Commuter Life
    • Student Support Services
    3:40 p.m.

    Customizable  Optional Special Interest Sessions, Part B (students & guests together)

    • Billing & Payments
    • Educational Loan Options
    • Technology Services
    • ROTC
    • Disability Services 
     
    4 p.m.

    That’s all…for now! See you in August!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I already know a lot about Gannon. Why should I come to Orientation?

    We love that you already feel comfortable at Gannon. However, the specialness of Orientation is that it will provide you an immersed experience on campus and in day-to-day college life before classes even start. Think of this as an opportunity to settle into the home you’ll have for the next few years as you begin to make it your own. With each visit, you grow a little more comfortable, secure, and confident. Orientation will help you achieve those things in big ways.

    Students will meet their personal Transition Guide, an upperclass student who will get to know them and guide them into a successful transition at Gannon. Students also meet other new classmates, so they have a support network of peers awaiting them when they return in August.

    Guests will learn about the campus community who will be caring for their student and meet the individuals who will be guiding their student’s transition to Gannon. Presentations about campus safety, academic expectations, campus resources and student conduct will help equip guests to be partners in their student’s successful transition to Gannon.

    Students and guests will also have the opportunity to have their specific questions answered from campus partners, including Residence Life, Commuter Life, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, academic advisors, and more.

    Visiting Orientation has other immediate and lasting benefits for both students and their guests. Read more about those benefits here.

    What are my overnight stay options?

    The way for students and guests, even those who live nearby, to maximize the benefits of Orientation is to stay on campus, where you’ll have a full immersion in the feel, layout, and resources of Gannon. This immersion experience will help you feel more secure and confident in the fall, when you’ll be responsible for navigating between classes and campus resources on your own. Plus, staying on campus affords you the opportunity to make casual contact with other members of the Gannon family that can turn into meaningful connections and friendships.

    Guests, we invite you to model openness to maximizing the potential of Orientation by staying on campus! Your role modeling of taking advantage of the entire experience and meeting new people (and perhaps, stepping outside your comfort zone) can make a big impact on your student.

    We recognize that not all students and guests will choose to stay on campus.  We still greatly encourage your full participation in the schedule (including the early and evening sessions)!

    What if I have to come late or leave early?

    We understand that family, travel and work needs may impact your ability to be fully present at Orientation. We offer 4 sessions for this reason, knowing that some dates will work better for some families than others.

    If the dates that work best for you are still impacted by conflicts, you are still welcome at Orientation. For your own benefit, participate as fully as you can. There are not modified rates for students or guests who cannot participate in the entire schedule.

    Where do I park? Is parking free?

    Parking costs are covered in the Orientation fee. A Google map and campus map is available below to show you where to find the Erie Parking Authority Ramp Q, which will be your vehicle’s home base for Orientation.

    Orientation Map

    View PDF version of Campus Map

    What does the fee cover?

    The Orientation fee covers all meals, parking, program materials, housing costs if applicable and modest compensation for the Transition Guides, who gave up their summer to plan, prepare and run the program.

    I’m staying on campus for Orientation! What do I need to know?

    Great! Students will be staying in double rooms in Finegan Hall, and guests will be staying in suite-style apartments in North Hall. The Orientation program fee includes your room (which may include a roommate or suitemate), a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcase and hand towel. You are asked to bring your own pillow, blanket, bath towel, shower shoes, and toiletries. If you plan to participate in the Unplugged session, please pack comfortable apparel/gear for that workout or meditation session. Showers will be available in the Recreation & Wellness Center after the morning Unplugged session.


     

    International Student Information

    Orientation will start for ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on August 16 at 10am.

    All new international students are required to attend the 3-day international student orientation.   Please check-in with the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement in Beyer Hall at (814) 871-7132.

    Canadian students are welcome to attend a June orientation session.   However, you must still attend portions of the international orientation as required by your student visa.   Please plan to arrive by Wednesday, August 16th.

    Parking

    Parking costs are covered in the Orientation fee. A Google map and campus map  is available below to show you where to find the Erie Parking Authority Ramp Q, which will be your vehicle’s home base for Orientation.

    Orientation Map

    View PDF version of Campus Map

  • New Student Programs

    Phone: 814-871-7597
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Palumbo Academic Center
    824 Peach St.

    Email: orientation@gannon.edu