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Undergrad Profile

A foundation for the future

Numerous facts and figures attest to the value of a Gonzaga education: exceptional acceptance rates into prestigious graduate programs, including medical and law schools; one of the highest CPA exam pass rates in the nation; job placement in corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and Amazon; and consistently glowing reviews in national publications such as U.S.News & World Report, The Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges, and Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

In the Jesuit tradition, Gonzaga educates the whole person and prepares students for a lifetime of reflection and ethical decision-making. GU’s core curriculum hones students’ abilities to evaluate contemporary issues with a critical eye and formulate arguments to articulate their opinions clearly and concisely.

Completed by all students and consisting of courses in English, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies, and speech, the core provides new intellectual perspectives to students through the exposure to subjects outside their chosen fields of study. Ultimately, the core challenges students to integrate their studies and actions into a philosophy of living that promotes a lifetime of learning.

A comprehensive university, Gonzaga consists of five undergraduate schools and several graduate programs. Complementing the College of Arts and Sciences are the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing and Human Physiology, Professional Studies, and Law.

Gonzaga’s 4,837 undergraduates choose from more than 75 majors and programs to reach their academic dreams. Modern and beautifully updated facilities such as the Jepson Center for Business Administration, Hughes Hall for Life Sciences, the Herak Center for Engineering and Applied Science, and the PACCAR Center for Applied Science augment these exceptional academic programs. An average class size of 21 allows faculty to closely mentor students who thrive in classrooms run only by faculty.

The Gonzaga experience
Gonzaga requires freshman and sophomore students to live on campus in one of 24 residence halls and apartment buildings, and residence life is the foundation upon which Gonzaga’s strong sense of community is built. Campus life is an exciting and adventurous blend of meeting the challenges brought on by maintaining a rigorous academic schedule while fully embracing the vibrant social atmosphere of spending time with close friends.

Opened in 2015, the John J. Hemmingson Center houses multiple dining services, the Center for Global Engagement, Unity Multicultural Education Center, University Ministry, many student club offices, and more. GU offers more than 100 student clubs and organizations in areas such as music, theater, cultural clubs, community service, student government, faith-sharing groups and retreats, Division I athletics, and club and intramural sports. Whether traveling as part of Gonzaga’s nationally recognized debate and mock trial programs, planning the annual Hawaiian Pacific Islander Luau, or writing for GU’s weekly newspaper, students always find they have the opportunity to showcase creativity and leadership outside the classroom.

In the heart of the Inland Northwest
With over 688,000 residents, the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area provides numerous business and technical internships as well as outlets for cultural and artistic expression. A scenic 15-minute walk along a section of the 37-mile Centennial Trail ushers students into the vibrant downtown, offering a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities.

Students can also explore snow-capped mountains, dozens of lakes, and scenic hiking trails, all within a 50-mile radius of campus. The Inland Northwest is a recreational paradise for skiers, hikers, campers, mountain bikers, golfers, and other outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

Rewarding your achievements
Numerous merit-based scholarships are offered without consideration of financial need. Students are automatically considered for these merit scholarships when they apply for admission. However, some awards, such as Gonzaga’s scholarships for future entrepreneurs, promising leaders, and outstanding Catholic high school graduates, require separate qualification and application procedures.

The best and the brightest
Every year Gonzaga welcomes 25+ students into its prestigious Honors Program. Honors classes are characterized by extensive reading and writing assignments, stimulating debates and discussions, strong philosophical and historical perspectives, and the use of the Socratic method of learning. Studying abroad is highly encouraged. Entrance into the Honors Program is very competitive and involves an additional application.

Other distinctive academic programs include the Comprehensive Leadership Program and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, providing students from different educational fields the opportunity to engage in stimulating projects and service both in and out of the classroom.

Additional information about these unique programs and many others offered at Gonzaga can be obtained by contacting the Office of Admission.


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 211,000 (688,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit, Catholic

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 21; 92% retention rate; 74% four-year graduation rate

Campus: 131 green acres along the beautiful Spokane River; less than a 15-minute walk to the upscale downtown district with shops, arts, entertainment, and fine dining

Student Body: 7,352 total enrollment; 4,837 undergraduates; 54% women,
46% men

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a Ph.D., a D.N.P., and a J.D. degree

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 35 different countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 43% of students study abroad. More information is available at studyabroad.gonzaga.edu.

Varsity Athletics (NCAA Division I): Men’s and women’s basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, and tennis; men’s baseball; women’s volleyball

2015–2016 Annual Expenses: Tuition: $37,480; room and board: $10,835

Financial Aid: 99% of Gonzaga’s students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. The average award was $25,753 in the 2014–2015 year.

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, numerous dances, ski weekends, boat cruises, and much more. Rudolf Fitness Center offers racquetball courts, aerobic studios, basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor running track, a swimming pool, and a two-story workout facility with free weights, floor work spaces, and cardio and strength-training machines.