Gannon University Moves into the Top 10 “Best Value” – the Only Western Pa. University with That Distinction

Posted: September 9, 2014

Gannon University moved up the rankings as the only university in western PA to earn the distinction as a "Best Value School" in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." Gannon is ranked ninth in north region of the U.S. with the second- lowest cost after receiving grants based on need. This is the ninth consecutive year that Gannon University has been named to this list recognizing the university for providing high-quality education at a great price.

"Delivering a high-quality affordable education is central to the Mission of this University and is exemplified by the significant enhancements to the learning environment being made and the decision to control the tuition increase for this year at a 27 year record low," said Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. "Being named to this elite list of 'Great Schools at a Great Price' just days after we welcomed our largest enrollment to campus in 22 years is strong affirmation that our students and their parents agree that a Gannon University education offers value to families concerned about the cost of college."

The "Great Schools at a Great Price" rankings take into account an institution's academic quality, based on its overall ranking in "America's Best Colleges," and the "2013-14 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid." U.S. News notes that only those schools at or near the top half of the overall rankings are included in the list of "Great Schools at a Great Price" because they are considered to be "above average" academically and the "most significant values."

Gannon is ranked in the Best Regional Universities in the north. U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the annual college guide, defines regional universities as those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs.

Gannon was also named to the list of Best Colleges for Veterans among universities in the north region, placing 21st among 49 universities listed. Gannon University also ranked 20th among the 106 regional universities for the percentage of international students.

"High quality, affordable education was Archbishop John Mark Gannon's goal when he founded Gannon University and it remains our goal today," said William R. Edmondson, vice president of enrollment. "Exceptional education at an affordable price; it's what Gannon does."