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Gannon University
Erie, Pennsylvania

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Gannon University
Office of Admissions
109 University Square
Erie, Pennsylvania 16541, United States
Telephone: 814-871-7240
800-GANNON-U (426-6668, toll-free)
Fax: 814-871-5803
E-mail: admissions@gannon.edu
World Wide Web: http://www.gannon.edu
 
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The University Get Free Info    Top
Gannon University, which is consistently named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, is dedicated to excellence in holistic education. The oldest part of the University is Villa Maria College, which was founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 1933, Archbishop John Mark Gannon established Cathedral College, a two-year institution, which by 1941 had evolved into a four-year college, the Gannon School of Arts and Sciences. The name Gannon College was adopted in 1944, and Gannon achieved university status in 1979. Villa Maria College subsequently merged with Gannon University in 1989.

Gannon’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Erie, giving students the benefit of internships with businesses, law and law-enforcement agencies, health-care facilities, industries, and social service organizations. It is also within walking distance of stores, shops, restaurants, and theaters. The campus consists of more than thirty buildings located within six city blocks. Among these buildings is the Carneval Athletic Pavilion, which has a pool; three gyms; a running track; a weight room; courts for racquetball, handball, volleyball and basketball; and other facilities. Also on campus are two residence halls, eight apartment buildings, classroom and faculty office buildings, an administration building, and a multipurpose chapel building. The Waldron Campus Center is a focal point that gives students the opportunity to meet and socialize between classes with faculty members and other students.

Gannon offers students a broad intramural sports program that runs throughout the entire year. In Division II intercollegiate athletics, Gannon offers men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, water polo, and wrestling and women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, and water polo. There is also an intercollegiate coed swimming and diving team. Gannon’s athletes utilize the Gannon University Field, a multipurpose athletic facility that is conveniently located on campus.

There are approximately 3,800 students at Gannon, more than 2,500 of whom are undergraduates. The ratio of commuters to resident students is approximately 1:4. The University has a Career Development and Employment Services Office to aid students in locating internships and part-time work during school and full-time work after graduation.

Location Get Free Info    Top
Erie is Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city and is located in the northwestern corner of the state on the shore of Lake Erie. Erie is approximately 120 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 90 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio; and 90 miles southwest of Buffalo, New York. The campus is within 5 miles of Interstates 79 and 90 and 5 miles from Erie International Airport. Erie is also serviced by rail and bus transportation.

Majors and Degrees Get Free Info    Top
The College of Humanities, Business and Education awards the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In the School of Humanities, the areas of study from which students may select a major are communication arts, criminal justice, English (with concentrations in applied communications, literature, and writing), foreign language and international studies, foreign language and literature, foreign language teaching (Spanish only), history, journalism communications, legal studies, liberal arts, mortuary science, philosophy, political science, prelaw, a 3+3 prelaw program that includes early admission to Duquesne University, psychology, social work, theater, theater and communication arts, and theology.

In the School of Business, students may choose to major in accounting, advertising communications, business administration, finance, international business, management, marketing, risk management, and sports management and marketing.

In the School of Education, the areas of study from which students may select a major are early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education (in biology, English, foreign language (Spanish only), mathematics, and social studies), and special education.

The College of Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences awards the Bachelor of Science degree.

In the School of Sciences and Engineering, students may choose to major in bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electrical engineering (five-year co-op program), environmental engineering, environmental science, management information systems, mathematics, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering (five-year co-op program), science, scientific and technical sales, and software engineering. A minor is offered in environmental and occupational science and health. Preprofessional programs of study are offered in chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine; seven-year accelerated programs are offered in optometry and podiatry. Additional accelerated programs include accelerated pharmacy options through Duquesne University (2+4), the University of Charleston (2+4 and 3+4), and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (2+3) and a conditionally guaranteed medical school 4+4 program with LECOM and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). There are also accelerated options in allopathic medicine and veterinary medicine through Ross University in the Bahamas. Students who are interested in earning their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree can complete an accelerated (3+3) program at Gannon.

In the School of Health Sciences and the Villa Maria School of Nursing, the areas of study from which students may select a major are medical technology, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, radiologic sciences, respiratory care, and sport and exercise science. A minor is also offered in athletic coaching.

The associate degree program offers Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees. Areas of study in which students may major are accounting, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education, legal studies, radiologic sciences, and respiratory care.

Academic Programs Get Free Info    Top
Each undergraduate program has its own sequence of requirements. Students in all programs must complete credits in liberal studies. A faculty adviser is assigned to each student to assist with academic planning. A department chairperson and faculty adviser also assist each student in selecting courses that fulfill requirements and best meet the student’s desired career objectives. The basic graduation requirements for bachelor’s degree candidates are 128 credit hours, including completion of requirements for their major and the liberal studies program. To earn an associate degree, students must usually complete 60 to 68 credit hours, depending on the program. Students may receive credit through the Advanced Placement Program.

Gannon offers a program for students with learning disabilities (PSLD) and an Army ROTC program that is open to interested students.

Gannon’s academic calendar consists of two full semesters, running from August to December and from January to May. There are also optional summer classes.

Academic Facilities Get Free Info    Top
The Nash Library currently has more than 250,000 bound volumes. The library subscribes to more than 1,000 periodicals and has book and periodical materials on various forms of microfilms and microcards. The wireless library contains a personal computer lab; a lecture room; a curriculum library; the Founder’s Room for fine and rare books; the Cyber Café, containing personal computers, laptop ports, and cappuccino and juice machines; lounges; study rooms; typing rooms; an information-retrieval system; a TV studio; the latest audiovisual and tape equipment; and a multimedia studio classroom. In addition, students may use the facilities and resources of the Erie County Law Library and the Erie County Library. For specialized research projects, an efficient interlibrary loan service is available.

The A. J. Palumbo Academic Center houses the Schools of Health Sciences, Education, and Humanities. It offers some of the finest laboratories, technology, and classrooms available today. From education to nursing and foreign language programs, the faculty members and facilities in Palumbo provide high-quality education. The University’s Honors Program also has a home in the Palumbo Center.

The Zurn Science Center has laboratories for research in biology, anatomy, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The building also houses three computer laboratories, including the Computer Integrated Enterprise Center and an IBM PC lab. There are numerous classrooms and two auditoriums in the building. Among other University facilities are additional classroom buildings, a radio station, and a theater. All academic buildings are wireless.

Costs Get Free Info    Top
For 2006—07, full-time tuition was $9750 per semester ($10,340 for engineering and health sciences), or $19,500 per academic year ($20,680 for engineering and health sciences). Tuition for part-time students was $565 to $600 per credit hour. Room and board were approximately $3895 per semester. The total cost for the academic year at Gannon was between $19,996 and $21,856 for commuting students and $27,786 and $29,464 for resident students, depending on the program of study.

Financial Aid Get Free Info    Top
In order to bring a Gannon education to qualified students who could not otherwise afford it, the University offers an integrated financial aid program of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Gannon’s financial aid program is open to all full-time students attending classes during the period from August to May. It is highly recommended that all students seeking financial aid should file the admissions and financial aid applications no later than March 15.

Faculty Get Free Info    Top
Gannon’s faculty consists of 312 lay and religious men and women. Fifty-eight percent of the full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees. The student-faculty ratio is about 14:1, and there are approximately 25 students in each class. Most faculty members assist in the faculty adviser program, giving each student individual attention and counseling on academic and personal matters.

Student Government Get Free Info    Top
The Student Government Association (SGA) is composed of students elected by members of their class. Through the SGA, students can play a responsible role in the planning and working of the University. SGA has voting representatives on all of the standing committees of the University. Members of the SGA not only research existing policies and problems, they also look for new ways to improve the academic life of students. The SGA also plans social events for the student body.

Admission Requirements Get Free Info    Top
Gannon University actively recruits students of all races, creeds, and ages from all geographic regions. Transfer and international students are encouraged to seek admission. Applicants are required to submit scores (including senior-year scores) on either the SAT or ACT; an up-to-date transcript of the high school record, showing rank in class (plus a college transcript for transfer applicants); a completed application form; and a nonrefundable $25 fee. Admission decisions are based upon numerous factors, central of which is the strength of the high school record, as demonstrated through grades and relative class standing and SAT and/or ACT scores and other test scores that may be available. Recommendations and personal statements also affect admission decisions. Transfer and international students should check with the admissions office for special application procedures.

Application and Information Get Free Info    Top
Students applying for admission in the fall semester should start the application process at the beginning of their senior year in high school. Gannon operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means that there is no deadline for filing applications, with the exceptions of the LECOM and PCOM 4+4 Medical Programs and the accelerated pharmacy options, which have a deadline of January 15 for the fall semester. Due to the competitiveness of the program, students who are interested in the physician’s assistant studies program are highly encouraged to file their applications in September. Early applications are recommended, as are enrollment deposits.

For further information, students should contact:

Gannon University
Office of Admissions
109 University Square
Erie, Pennsylvania 16541, United States
Telephone: 814-871-7240
800-GANNON-U (426-6668, toll-free)
Fax: 814-871-5803
E-mail: admissions@gannon.edu
World Wide Web: http://www.gannon.edu
 
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Last updated: 12/06/2006