Gannon University Reviews
I attended Gannon University, a small undergraduate university, which benefited me because of the small class sizes and individual attention. What I saw, however, was that the small university structure does not allow for many meaningful undergraduate research opportunities. As a graduate student and educator, I believe that there must be a balance between two things needed for a successful educational experience. Firstly, the student must be able to obtain a good theoretical knowledge in the sciences from their professors and coursework. Secondly, and just as important is hands on research experience which enables the student to apply what they have learned through lecture. Hopefully, students also have a chance to present their work at conferences in order to broaden their knowledge and make meaningful professional connections. This is an invaluable way for students to develop their critical thinking skills in preparation for graduate work or enhance their resume for the workplace.
Gannon University is a school with a culture and environment that afforded me many opportunities to gain quality experience in and outside of the classroom. My situation after college was somewhat unusual for a biology major, because I was offered a teaching position at a private Catholic high school following graduation. However, I believe that the biology department prepared me extremely well for this challenge, because I obtained a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. I am able to utilize the skills and knowledge that I learned as a student, such as laboratory work and basic coursework, to teach these subjects to high school students. My initial goals were to enroll as a graduate student in a masters in biology program and eventually matriculate as a PhD student. As I am nearing the end of my third year, I have been accepted into a masters program and will enroll in the Fall. Despite graduating three years ago, my adviser and other faculty whom with I formed a relationship during my undergraduate studies wrote me letters of recommendation and supported me during the graduate school application process. It is evident that the professors are able to first and foremost form a strong relationship with students during their education at Gannon, but also are willing to give their support to you as a student and also beyond. As a student at Gannon in the biology department, you will learn the skills that you need to enter into a medical school or other professional programs following your graduation. You are able to emphasize your studies in several different areas of interest within the biology field, which allows you to personalize your curriculum. In addition, the class sizes are small and professors can provide more individual attention, and you can form a small community of students who are taking the same courses as you progress through the major. The faculty are competent and are passionate about their students learning, and have contributed to their respective disciplines and offer a wide variety of research projects for students to gain practical experience in the lab and opportunities to be published. I would strongly recommend Gannon for an undergraduate bachelors of science in biology.
Overall, My experience at Gannon left me feeling like the degree I had worked hard to achieve wasn't worth the paper it was printed on, let alone the massive amount of student debt I took on in order to complete my degree. If I had to do it all over again (which I am currently in the process of doing), I would find a career track that has a more proven and accessible track record.
I loved my time at Gannon in relation to all the friends and faculty I got to know. I made lifelong friends at Gannon. It is such a tight knit community! Greek life and party scene are awesome and Erie is a wonderful little city on beautiful Lake Erie. Only drawback, I don't feel I had great advisors or job placement & counseling help. I haven't been able to land a job in my career and have only worked odd jobs since graduating. Thankfully my husband that I met at Gannon has a job that makes it so I do not need to work, but it is still frustrating because I would like to but have not been able to find anything remotely related to my degree (poitical science).