Gannon University Again the Only Western PA University Named as “Best Value” School: Ten Consecutive Years

Posted: September 9, 2015

Gannon University is the only university in western Pennsylvania to be named to the Great Schools, Great Prices list in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, released today. Gannon is ranked ninth among all universities in the north region of the U.S for providing exceptionally high-quality education at an affordable price.

The recognition marks the tenth consecutive year that Gannon University has been named to the honor roll of regional universities. Gannon had the third-lowest net cost among the universities named to the exclusive list combining excellence with access for students.

The Great Schools, Great Prices rankings take into account an institution's academic quality, based on its overall ranking in America's Best Colleges, and the 2014-15 actual cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. In a statement on its methodology for selecting the Great Schools, Great Prices, U.S. News stated that it "considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically," and  noted that only schools such as Gannon positioned high in the overall rankings are considered for the list.

"Gannon University is moving forward with innovative, student-centered education that is within the financial and academic reach of every student and family in our region and beyond," said Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. "Enhancements to the Erie campus, academic and professional linkages to the regional and global community and investments in our hands-on learning environments are all part of our commitment and focus on delivering more value to students. Ten years of recognition by U.S. News & World Report's Great Schools, Great Prices affirms our commitment and delivery on our promise of quality and affordability."

Gannon was also named to the list of Best Colleges for Veterans and ranked 58th in U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Universities in the north. Regional universities are defined as those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs.

"High quality, affordable education was Archbishop John Mark Gannon's goal when he founded the 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 very well. We are very proud to be recognized for the good work of our faculty and staff."