Gannon University

Erie, PA

Gannon University

Erie, PA

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Think about some of the stories you’ve heard, the ones that drew you in. Maybe you found these stories so appealing because you anticipated that anything could happen. After all, the most exciting part of a story is often what’s coming next. Now think about your own story. What’s next for you? 

Inspiring academic success
Gannon creates a student-centered experience, one in which students from around the world can learn and grow. You’ll find support and personalized attention to help you transition from your home country to the United States right on Gannon’s campus. And once you’re settled, Gannon’s education will help you discover your future.

Our 4,291 students from nearly 60 countries take advantage of one or more of our 100 nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs, and we invite you to do the same. With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, you will receive individualized attention to help you find success in the direction you choose.

Our staff at the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement warmly welcome you to the campus. They will provide:
• In-depth support adjusting to academic and student life at Gannon
• Ongoing assistance with immigration laws and regulations
• Transportation assistance upon arrival if needed

Additional services are available across
campus to help you grow during your time at Gannon. These include:
• On-campus English Language and Global Training
• The Honors Program
• Academic support services within the Student Success Center

Gannon is recognized around the world for its excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Current rankings for the University include:
• 218th out of 399 national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
• 75th out of 210 top colleges and universities that offer undergraduate degrees in Engineering (U.S. News & Word Report, 2019)
• Top 50% of schools in the nation (Wall Street Journal, 2019)
• Top 10% for Global Diversity in Pennsylvania (Institute for International Education, 2017)
• Top 20% for Global Diversity in the United States (Institute for International Education, 2017)

Location is everything
Gannon’s campus is central to many businesses, industries, and organizations. This urban campus in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and Lake Erie beaches. Campus is also within a two-hour drive to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On campus, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our friendly environment is the perfect place to:
• Join any of our 140+ clubs and organizations, including Global Unity and Gannon University Diversity and Leadership Initiative.
• Participate in one of our 24 scholarship-granting varsity sports.
• Engage in rich cultural and service experiences in our local and global communities.

Tradition of faith
Gannon is a Catholic university and culturally diverse community where you will find acceptance, respect, understanding, and support. Whatever your faith tradition might be, we welcome you on our campus. Connect with Gannon at and begin the next chapter of your story today. 


Erie is Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city and is located in the northwest corner of the state on the shores of Lake Erie. It is approximately 120 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 90 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio; and 90 miles west of Buffalo, New York. The campus is within five miles of Interstates 79 and 90 and five miles from Erie International Airport. Erie is also served by rail and bus transportation.


TYPE OF SCHOOL: Private Catholic university

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Urban campus


NUMBER OF FACULTY: 229 full-time

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Gannon offers over 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees within its three colleges: College of Engineering and Business; Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences; and College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences.

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: More than 412 international students from 59+ countries are enrolled at Gannon.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Members of the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement will pick you up from the airport when you first arrive and help you get settled. While you are here, the OGSSE will also provide:
• In-depth support in adjusting to Gannon’s academic and student life

• Scheduled transportation assistance to nearby shopping areas

• Ongoing assistance with immigration laws and regulations

• Community and cultural events

• Ongoing referrals to academic advisors and other support services as needed

• Excursions to Niagara Falls and other regional destinations

• Alumni support at various levels

• On-campus English as a Second Language (ESL)

Tuition*: $32,270
University/Activity Fees: $956
On-Campus Living (Double Occupancy in Freshman Hall): $7,410
Meal Plan (15 Meals/Week + 5 Guest Passes): $5,230
Total**: $45,866

  * Tuition for Engineering, Computer Science, and Health Professions
** Total dependent on room and board preferences, health insurance, and book costs

FINANCIAL AID: At Gannon University, we are committed to offering our international students an exceptional education at an affordable price. Many international undergraduate students are eligible for an international award. Students who have an outstanding academic background will also be eligible for an academic award to be deducted from annual tuition costs.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: For exemption from on-campus ESL placement tests, the following assessments are accepted for most academic programs:
• TOEFL scores of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or 79 (iBT)
• ELS Language Center level 112 or a minimum IELTS band score of 6 (6.5 Computer Science and Nursing) in lieu of TOEFL
• A minimum PTE score of 53
• English3 score of 66

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: Applications for undergraduate programs are processed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Certain pre-professional programs have varying application deadlines. Find out more at

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