Undergraduates are:

Freshman (First-Year Student)

Apply for freshman status if you have never attended college or university before or will transfer less than 12 credit hours from a college or university.

Submit Evidence of English-language Proficiency

Evidence of English-language proficiency for academic purposes for students whose native language is not English and who want to begin their course work for their degree upon arrival. The following assessments are accepted by Gannon for this purpose: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or 79 (iBT).
  • ELS Language Center level 112, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 in lieu of TOEFL.
  •  A minimum Pearson Tests of English (PTE) score of 53. 
  • Completion of a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. university within the past year.
  • Successful completion of Gannon’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 
  • A minimum English3 score of 66 

Please check the specific program you are interested in for English language proficiency requirements, as accepted exam scores may differ from program to program.

Students who do not submit evidence of a minimal proficiency in English have the opportunity to test for proficiency upon arrival and if necessary, enroll  into Gannon’s  English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program.

What if I speak English?

If you are coming from an English-speaking country (see list below ), you will probably not need to provide English-language proficiency or take ESL courses. 

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • British West Indies
  • Canada- excluding Quebec
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom

*Other countries that have an English-language tradition will be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the success of similar students at Gannon or other U.S.-based colleges and universities.

If English is not your native language, you will need to take a test to measure your English language ability unless you have demonstrated English proficiency by submitting documentation as outlined

    What will be needed by applicants