Gannon University: Narrative Description

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Erie, PA 16541-0001
Tel: (814)871-7000
Free: 800-GAN-NONU
Admissions: (814)871-7240
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1925. Setting: 13-acre urban campus with easy access to Cleveland. Endowment: $24 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6056 per student. Total enrollment: 3,441. Faculty: 298 (174 full-time, 124 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 2,075 applied, 82% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 16 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,114 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 316 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 11 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 12% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 2 summer sessions. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Mercyhurst College and Edinboro University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, counselor's recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $24,490 includes full-time tuition ($17,030), mandatory fees ($470), and college room and board ($6990). College room only: $3760. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $530 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $15 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 63 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Model United Nations, Vitality Through Exercise, Gannon University Residence Union. Major annual events: Homecoming, Distinguished Speaker Series, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security cameras. 1,133 college housing spaces available; 1,121 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Nash Library plus 1 other with 270,282 books, 186,581 microform titles, 6,292 serials, 3,028 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 175 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Pennsylvania's third largest city and its only port on the Great Lakes, Erie is a city of widely diversified industry and commerce. A public library was built on the waterfront and an observation tower to celebrate the city's bicentennial. The area is served by rail, air, and bus lines. The community has many churches representing the major denominations, numerous civic and fraternal organizations, and community health clinics and hospitals. Local facilities include theatres, restaurants, shops, golf courses, city parks, Presque Isle State Park, fishing, ice fishing, boating, beach volleyball, and skating. Part-time employment opportunities are excellent.