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Honors Program

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    Honors students are academically talented and highly motivated students who are selected from the top ten percent of Gannon’s incoming class. Our curriculum prepares students to be ethical, thoughtful and effective leaders with a global worldview.

    Honors students excel academically and in leadership. Students actively help run the honors program through the Faculty/Student Honors Committee and the Student Advisory Board.

    How will honors advance my career? 

    Honors on a transcript sets you apart from the crowd and signals to employers that you are a person who strives for excellence.

    The discussion-based, reading- and writing-intensive Honors courses also further hone your critical thinking and communication skills, qualities vital to employee advancement.

    The small class sizes allow you to work closely with faculty and facilitates mentoring opportunities.

    Will it fit with my major? 

    Honors Students Celebrating Gannon

    Our curriculum meets the requirements for the CORE curriculum and our students come from all majors.

    Classes often have themes and often feature field trips or service-learning. Some examples:

    • Prose Literature: Harry Potter and Fantasy Literature
    • Environmental Issues: Students select topics of interest related to the environment, conduct research and arrange local trips.
    • History Without Borders: Human Rights (includes Skype conversations with students at the American University of Madaba in Jordan)
    • Introduction to Literature: Literature and the Healing Arts

    How does the honors program support travel? 

    Honors Students Travel to Presque Isle

    • Honors students who study abroad for a semester receive $500 from Honors.
    • Honors students who take an international short-term study abroad trip receive $250 from honors (as funds last).
    • In recent years, students traveled to New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, and Niagara Falls to learn about honors programs and network with other student leaders at honors conferences.
    • An Honors student was Gannon's first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Study Abroad Scholarship, which allowed her to study in Chile for three months over the summer.
    • After a year of studying energy and water conservation in Erie and on campus, 10 Honors students in 2015 explored one of the world's most sustainable cities - Melbourne, Australia--for ten days. Known for its breathtaking rivers, parks, coastline and bay and its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020, students walked, biked, hiked and boated their way through this eco-inspired urban adventure. Costs of the trip were significantly defrayed through funds from the Office of Residence Life, the Honors Program and fundraising activities.

    What are the criteria for admission? 

    • Essay
    • 3.5 GPA minimum
    • 575 Verbal SAT or 23 in Reading on the ACT
    • Rigorous high school curriculum with Honors or AP credits in the humanities

    Are there scholarships offered through the Honors Program?

    Gannon awards academic scholarships, but they are not tied to participation in the honors program.  To learn more about these scholarships, click here.