General Studies

    • Gannon University, Pennsylvania’s only diocesan university, is a caring community of dynamic faculty and staff who educate motivated students in an environment focused on Catholic values.   
    • Gannon University was named by the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” as a “Best Value School” in the North Region, ranking ninth on the list. This is the tenth consecutive year that Gannon has been named to this list.  
    • A low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 ensures a high degree of personal attention on Gannon’s vibrant, urban campus.  
    • There is a culture of service by the more than 4,000 students at Gannon University. During the most recent year measured, almost 89,000 hours of community service were performed by students in northwest Pennsylvania, Appalachia, Central America and Haiti. 
    • Students can enjoy year-round intramural sports and 20 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women competing in NCAA Division II.  

    You Will Learn

    For students who are not fully ready for college based on SAT/ACT scores and/or high school grades, but remain determined to achieve a degree, Gannon University’s general studies program can help them reach an academic potential. General studies students have the opportunity to receive developmental assistance in preparation for admission to one of the degree-granting colleges at the University. Gannon provides curriculum, support services and a learning environment that enables committed students to succeed.

    Students in the program receive personal and academic support and guidance from the program coordinator and an academic advisor. Their role is to assist students through frequent individual contact and advising. Gannon admits a limited number of students to this program so that the needs of each student can be fully supported.

    Students in the program receive personal and academic support and guidance from the program coordinator and an academic advisor. Their role is to assist students through frequent individual contact and advising.

    You Will Experience

    As part of the general studies program, students will engage in proactive advising where scheduled appointments throughout the semester will assist in the transition from high school to college. Students will be encouraged to engage in the Gannon community in a variety of ways, such as joining clubs and organizations, participating in service-learning, attending academic workshops and much more.

    You Will Achieve

    In 2013, people with college degrees had a 5.2 percent unemployment rate, well below the national rate of 7.2 percent.

    You will Study

    All general studies students enroll in First Year Seminar (self development), a two-credit study skills, personal growth and career/life planning course. The course is designed to improve study skills, encourage self-identification of strengths and weaknesses and provide career counseling and clarification.

    Students remain in the general studies program for a minimum of one semester or a maximum of three semesters.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Having a college degree is linked to higher pay, according to a 2010 Education Pays report from the College Board. Salaries vary depending on the location and type of organization, but average $21,900 more than those of individuals with only a high school diploma.

    • Median salary: $55,700