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Gannon University
Latin: Universitas Gannonensis
Motto Sanitas, Scientia, Sanctitas
Motto in English Health, Knowledge, Holiness
Established 1925
Type Private, Catholic university
Endowment $28,800,000[1]
President Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Provost Keith Taylor, Ph.D.
Faculty 200 full-time,147 adjunct
Students 4,238
Undergraduates 2,978 full time
Postgraduates 1,260
Location Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Maroon and gold
Nickname Golden Knights
Mascot Drake the Golden Knight
Affiliations NCAA Division II
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Gannon University is a private, co-educational Catholic university offering associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, certificates and doctoral degrees and is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Gannon University has an alumni base numbering around 31,500. Current enrollment is 4,238.

Gannon's academic programs are appropriately accredited. For the sixth consecutive year,U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010" has ranked Gannon as a Top Tier Master's University in the northern section of the United States. And, for the first time, Gannon was also ranked as a Top Up-and-Coming School. This is only the second year for this category, which is determined by a peer assessment survey of high-ranking college officials, and recognizes institutions "that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities." Only 9 institutions in the northern region were selected for this category.

Gannon's signature programs, Core of Discovery and Lifecore provide students with the foundation for experiencing both the academic and co-curricular experiences of a solid college education. The Core of Discovery is Gannon's liberal arts core curriculum that helps students understand humanity, social concepts and structures, their own ethics and values. Lifecore challenges a student's growth and development through participation of events and activities that encompass nine lifestyle dimensions.

A range of campus organizations and activities encourages academic interests, community service, and moral and spiritual growth. Gannon also provides students with a broad program in intramural and intercollegiate athletics, including 18 athletic programs for men and women at the NCAA Division II level. [2]



Gannon University was established in 1925 as the two-year Cathedral College by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. In 1944, the school became the four-year men's school Gannon College of Arts and Sciences, named in honor of the then-Bishop of Erie, John Mark Gannon, the driving force behind its opening and development. The college became coeducational in 1964 and gained university status in 1979[3][4]

The all-girls school Villa Maria College, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1925,[5] merged with the university in 1989.[6] Its Villa Maria School of Nursing retains the name of the original institution.

Academic Programs


College of Engineering and Business

Dahlkemper School of Business Administration

Accounting Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science
Advertising Communications Bachelor of Science
Business Administration Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science, Certificate
Entrepreneurship Bachelor of Science
Finance Bachelor of Science
Human Resources Certificate
International Business Bachelor of Science
Management Bachelor of Science
Marketing Bachelor of Science
Risk Management and Insurance Bachelor of Science, Certificate
Sports Management and Marketing Bachelor of Science

Engineering and Computer Science

Bioinformatics Bachelor of Science
Computer Science Bachelor of Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science Bachelor of Science
Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science
Management Information Systems Bachelor of Science
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Microcomputer Applications Certificate
Software Engineering Bachelor of Science

College of Engineering and Business Minors

Advertising Communications
Business Administration
Computer Science
Human Resource Management
International Business
Management Information Science
Process Management
Risk Management and Insurance

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Arts, Electronic Media Bachelor of Arts
Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts, Certificate
English Bachelor of Arts
English Teaching Certificate Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language & Internat'l Studies (Business or Government Option) Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language & Literature Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Spanish Teaching Certificate Bachelor of Arts
Gerontology Certificate
History Bachelor of Arts
History/Social Studies Teaching Certificate Bachelor of Arts
Journalism Communications Bachelor of Arts
Juvenile Justice Certificate
Leadership Certificate
Legal Studies Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts, Certificate
Liberal Arts Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts
Mortuary Science Bachelor of Science
Philosophy Bachelor of Arts
Political Science Bachelor of Arts
Pre-Law Early Admissions Program

(with Duquesne University)

Psychology Bachelor of Arts .
Social Work Bachelor of Arts
Theatre Bachelor of Arts
Theatre & Communication-Arts Bachelor of Arts
Theology Bachelor of Arts

School of Education

Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science
Middle Level Education (4-8) Bachelor of Science
Secondary Education and K-12 Bachelor of Science
Special Education Bachelor of Science

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences Minors

Archaeology and Culture
Behavioral Specialist
Criminal Justice
Fine Arts
Forensic Investigation
Juvenile Justice
Leadership Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Women's Studies

Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

Health Professions and Sciences

Biology Bachelor of Science
Biology Teaching Certificate Bachelor of Science
Biotechnology Bachelor of Science
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry Bachelor of Science
Dietetics Bachelor of Science, Certificate
Mathematics Bachelor of Science
Mathematics Teaching Certificate Bachelor of Science
Medical Technology Bachelor of Science
Nursing (Villa Maria School of) - BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing (VillaMaria School of) - RN-BSN Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing (Villa Maria School of) - School Nurse Certification
Nutrition and Human Performance Bachelor of Science
Occupational Therapy

(5-yr. program leading to Masters)

Master of Science
Optometry Bachelor of Science
Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant

(5-yr. program leading to Masters)

Master of Physician Assistant Science
Pre-Professional Medical
Medical, Dental, Osteopathy,
Podiatry, Veterinary, Optometry
Radiologic Sciences Associate of Science
Respiratory Care Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science
Science Bachelor of Science
Scientific and Technical Sales Bachelor of Science
Sport and Exercise Science Bachelor of Science

Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences Minors

Athletic Coaching
Earth Science
Exercise Science
Sport Behavior


Gannon is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. Gannon offers 18 Division II scholarship-granting varsity sports, that includes nine men's and women's teams. The men participate in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, water polo, and wrestling. The women participate in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball and water polo.

In June 2007, Gannon University, along with cross-town rival Mercyhurst College, was accepted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, where area schools Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania are members. Along with Gannon and Mercyhurst, C.W. Post also was accepted into the conference.[8]

Building Program

The well-known Gannon University arch on West Seventh Street in Erie, PA

Gannon University launched $25 million in building projects in 2007. The Erie Technology Incubator on West Eighth Street, which is expected to encourage business development and create up to 300 jobs within five years, was completed in 2008 at a cost of $5 million. The Zurn Science Center, which is 37 years old (circa 1971), will receive $18.5 million in renovations by 2010, including new classrooms and research facilities. $1.5 million will go for renovation of the facade of the Dahlkemper School of Business Administration. Funding for the projects includes grants, loans, and a fundraising campaign.[9]

Gannon University opened a new academic building in the fall 2008 semester as well. The building is named the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, after the Gannon alumnus who founded The Limited clothing stores. The building houses the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. In 2009, the Robert H. Murosky Academic Center included a Patient Simulation Center, the only one of its kind in the region. A Pediatric Simulation Theater, part of the "Sim" Center allows students to practice procedures that deal with childbirth and infant trauma. These state-of-the-art facilities allow students studying multiple disciplines in the health professions to gain practical experience in a hospital-like setting before they graduate. The "Sim" Center comprises 12 different stations, with 14 different simulators.

Greek Life



Notable alumni

External links


  1. ^ "All Institutions Listed by FY 2007 Market Value of Endowment Assets...". National Association of College and University Business Officers. 2007. pp. 20. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  2. ^ Source:
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Gannon University". Gannon University. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  4. ^ "About the Diocese: 1918–1966 Golden Era". Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  5. ^ Note that Gannon University has adopted as its own the Villa Maria College's 1925 founding date.
  6. ^ "Gannon University". Peterson's. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  7. ^ Source:
  8. ^ Axelrod, Phil (2007-06-20). "Mercyhurst, C. W. Post, Gannon to enter PSAC". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-06-24.  
  9. ^ Miller, George (2007-05-10). "Gannon Builds For Future". Erie Times-News: pp. 1B, 4B.  
  10. ^ "Tracy Seyfert (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03.  

Coordinates: 42°07′41″N 80°05′24″W / 42.128°N 80.090°W / 42.128; -80.090


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