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Gannon University Ranked Among Best Colleges For Social Work

Palumbo Academic Center at Gannon University

Palumbo Academic Center at Gannon University

Gannon University’s social work program has been ranked among the 2019 Best Bachelor’s Social Work Degrees in Pennsylvania by

The university’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work was ranked no. 11 out of 413 programs in Pennsylvania, the highest- ranked program in the region.

The rankings are based on Council on Social Work Education accreditation, average graduates’ salaries as reported by, and program affordability.

Gannon’s program has 26 students from 12 countries and territories, including the United States, Australia, Congo, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Columbia, Tanzania, Republic of Burundi, and Puerto Rico. 

The university’s social work program is making a big difference, said Parris J. Baker, Ph.D., MSSA, director and assistant professor of the social work, mortuary science and gerontology programs. 

“Every day there is a set of individuals born who will make a difference in the lives of others. We believe those students enroll in our social work program. We recognize the distinctive nature and diversity of each individual and that the protection and development of each individual happens best through relationship and in the context of community,” Baker said.

Among graduates of Gannon’s Social Work Program is Chris Frye ’10, who was recently elected as New Castle, Pa.’s first-ever African American mayor.

For more on this year’s rankings, visit

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