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Gannon University

Erie, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%

Gannon University Admissions

Gannon University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 81% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 6,678 applications received in 2023, 5,399 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Gannon University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Gannon University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Gannon University's admissions stats.

Gannon University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9%
Waitlist Yes

Gannon University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Gannon University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Gannon University?

Gannon University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Gannon University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Gannon University

Gannon University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Gannon University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Gannon University

Wondering what factors are considered by Gannon University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Gannon University for more information on admission factors.

Gannon University Application Requirements

To apply to Gannon University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Gannon University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0 3
Other Requirements counselor's recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Gannon University?

Students admitted to Gannon University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 1% submitted a class rank. At Gannon University 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Gannon University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42%
3.75 and 3.99 16%
3.50 and 3.74 15%
3.25 and 3.49 8%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 9%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Gannon University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Gannon University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 30% of Gannon University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Gannon University?

To be competitive with other Gannon University applicants, you should strive to score between 1030 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Gannon University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Gannon University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Gannon University students scored 633 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at Gannon University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Gannon University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Gannon University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on Transferring to Gannon University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Gannon University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Gannon University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Gannon University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Gannon University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Gannon University.

Does Gannon University accept transfer credits?

✅ Gannon University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Gannon University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Gannon University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Gannon University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Gannon University?

✅ Gannon University is not test optional.

What is Gannon University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Gannon University is 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Gannon University?

❌ Gannon University does not offer early decision.

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Gannon University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Gannon University? Gannon University is a somewhat selective institution. The Gannon University acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.


Gannon University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Gannon University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Gannon University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1260


Math SAT Range

510 - 630


Reading SAT Range

520 - 633

Gannon University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Gannon University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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