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Gannon University
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Latin: Universitas Gannonensis
MottoSanitas, Scientia, Sanctitas
Motto in English
Health, Knowledge, Holiness
TypePrivate university
Established1925; 96 years ago (1925)
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
Academic affiliations
Endowment$63.5 million (2020)[1]
PresidentKeith Taylor
Academic staff
200 full-time, 147 adjunct
Location, ,
United States
ColorsMaroon and Gold
NicknameGolden Knights
MascotVictor E. Knight
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Gannon University is a private Catholic university in Erie, Pennsylvania. Gannon University has approximately 4,500 students and 46,000 alumni. Its intercollegiate athletics include 18 athletic programs for men and women competing at the NCAA Division II level.


Gannon University was first established in 1933 as the two-year Cathedral College by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. In 1944, the school became the four-year men's school Gannon College of Arts and Sciences, named in honor of the then-Bishop of Erie, John Mark Gannon, the driving force behind its opening and development. The college became coeducational in 1964 and gained university status in 1979.[2][3]

The all-girls school Villa Maria College, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1925,[4] merged with the university in 1989.[5] Its Villa Maria School of Nursing retains the name of the original institution.


The university is organized into three main colleges: the College of Engineering and Business, which includes the Dahlkemper School of Business Administration; the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; and the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

The following academic programs are offered:

  • 60 Bachelor Degrees
  • 6 Associate's Degrees
  • 26 Master's Degrees
  • 6 Doctoral Degrees
  • 11 Pre-Professional Programs
  • 20 Cooperative Professional School Options


Gannon University's campus is located in downtown Erie, primarily concentrated between Peach and Myrtle Streets and 3rd and 10th Streets. In summer 2015, a doctoral branch campus opened in Ruskin, Florida focusing on healthcare majors.


Gannon is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. Gannon offers 18 Division II scholarship-granting varsity sports, that includes nine men's and women's teams. The men participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, water polo, and wrestling. The women participate in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, acrobatics and tumbling.

In June 2007, Gannon University, along with cross-town rival Mercyhurst College, was accepted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, where area schools Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania are members. Along with Gannon and Mercyhurst as full members, LIU Post also was accepted into the conference as an affiliate member.[6]

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  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of Gannon University". Gannon University. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "About the Diocese: 1918-1966 Golden Era". Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Note that Gannon University has adopted as its own the Villa Maria College's 1925 founding date.
  5. ^ "Gannon University". Peterson's. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Axelrod, Phil (2007-06-20). "Mercyhurst, C. W. Post, Gannon to enter PSAC". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Kevin Benson: WPXI, weekend morning co-anchor, weekend evening weathercaster". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 9, 2003. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Palattella, Ed. "For Erie's Diehl-Armstrong, pizza bomber case is 'sad epitaph'". Retrieved .

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Coordinates: 42°07?41?N 80°05?24?W / 42.128°N 80.090°W / 42.128; -80.090

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