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Apply to Gannon

  • How do I apply for undergraduate studies?

    Step 1: Submit your Admissions Application

    Submit your Admissions Application using one of the following methods: 

    Step 2: Complete the Gannon Net Price Calculator

    The Gannon Net Price Calculator can be submitted to receive an estimate of financial aid. Gannon University's Net Price Calculator was developed to help families plan for educational costs.  In addition to merit scholarships and grants, the calculator will utilize Federal Methodology to estimate an expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC will be used to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid. The results of this process will provide you with a comprehensive package of merit, need and self-help resources to use as a financial planning tool.

    Step 3: Request your High School Transcripts

    Print a hard copy of the Student Transcript Request. Use this form to request your high school transcripts.

    Step 4: Submit your Official SAT/ACT Scores

    If these scores already appear on your high school transcript, then you do not need to request for them to be sent to Gannon separately. If you requested to have your scores sent to Gannon at the time that you sat for the SAT/ACT exam, then those scores were sent to Gannon electronically. If you need to make a request to have your official scores sent to Gannon, those scores will also be sent to Gannon electronically by the College Board and ACT.

    For students applying for admission to Gannon as a first-year student or a transfer student, the SAT/ACT requirement has been waived for a vast majority of our academic programs. However, some academic programs will still require the submission of SAT/ACT scores as they have an affiliation with another college, university or professional school that requires them (i.e. LECOM Medical/Pharmacy/Dental, Case Western Dental, Duquesne School of Law, etc.).

    While test scores will not be used to determine admission, students who do have SAT/ACT scores are encouraged to submit them to potentially be considered for additional scholarship dollars. Gannon's scholarship model allows for merit awards to be offered without test scores, but in some cases, test scores may increase the value of the merit award.

    Step 5: Submit a Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation

    A Personal Statement assists the Admissions Committee in evaluating your eligibility for Admission beyond test scores and high school record. Submitting a statement is optional, yet recommended; and is required for LECOM 4+4 Medical Program applicants. Applicants applying online should submit their statement via email to

    Personal Statements should be a typed, one-page response to one of the following topics: 1. How have you applied a classroom lesson to your daily life? or 2. Ask and answer one question that you wish we had asked.

    Students apply for a health professions program at Gannon are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a high school science teacher. Other letters are welcome but not required.

    Step 6: Transfer Applicant Evaluation

    If transferring, you'll need to print and submit a hard copy of  the Transfer Recommendation Form form for every school you attended.

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  • What do I need to apply?

    So, you’re interested in Gannon? Great! Here’s what you will need to apply as an incoming freshman:

    • Graduation from an approved secondary schools or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
    • Academic courses, grades, rank in class, and guidance counselor recommendation to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. High school seniors are also required to submit SAT or ACT scores. The minimum GPA and test scores required vary based on the academic program you are applying to. We will advise you if you do not meet the minimum requirements.
    • Personal Statement/Essay (optional, yet recommended; required for LECOM Medical/Dental/Pharmacy Program applicants). A personal statement assists us in evaluating your eligibility for admission beyond test scores and high school record. Submit a one-page response to either one of the following: 1) How have you applied a classroom lesson to your daily life? or 2) Ask and answer one question that you wish we had asked you.
    • Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, four of which must be English. Depending on the academic program you are interested in, the remainder of the units must be comprised of a combination of social sciences, foreign language, mathematics, and science.
    • Students who have been diagnosed disability should know that Gannon has an Advocate for Campus Accessibility.

      Kathleen Ellwood is the 504/ADA coordinator for students with disabilities who require accommodation of facilities, programs, or services of the University. Students seeking information or assistance in any matter regarding accessibility or accommodations should contact her promptly upon admission to the University: Kathleen Ellwood,  Disability Student Services Gannon University 109 University Square Erie, PA 16541 (814) 871-5471 or

    Some important deadlines

    Applications for undergraduate programs are processed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Applicants will typically be notified of an admissions decision within 3-4 weeks once their application and transcripts have been received.

    The following undergraduate program has a November 15th application deadline:

    • Physician Assistant

    It is recommended that high school students apply early in their senior year.

    Advanced Placement Exams

    Gannon University awards college credit for some Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

    • Official AP scores should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar at Gannon University. The Registrar will post college credits after the start of the student's first semester. 
    • Generally, credit will be given to those students who complete the formal College Board Advanced Placement Courses with a grade of 3 or higher on the exam. Some exams require a grade of 4 or 5. Grades of 1 and 2 will be given neither credit nor placement.
    • For questions about AP credit practices, contact the Office of Admissions at 814-871-7240 or the Office of the Registrar at 814-871-7611.
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