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Diversity Profile

Spokane, Washington

Foundations 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 that include 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.

Gonzaga remains committed to educating the whole person and preparing students for a lifetime of reflection and ethical decision-making.

Through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing and Human Physiology, and Professional Studies, Gonzaga’s 4,837 undergraduates choose from more than 75 majors and programs to reach their academic dreams. Gonzaga University’s distinguished tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education recognizes that all human beings have the same sacred origin, nature, and inherent dignity regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, economic status, or other differences. The University strives to provide an environment in which all members can reap the educational and experiential benefits of a diverse community whose members reflect a variety of cultures, backgrounds, ideas, and values.

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.

Located on 131 acres that border the Spokane River to the south, Gonzaga lies a short 15-minute walk from the heart of Spokane, Washington, the hub of the Inland Northwest. Many students find internships and shadowing opportunities through professional communities in the area. Gonzaga students also have easy access to shopping, theater, concerts, galleries, restaurants, and sporting events. With an average annual precipitation of 17 inches, Spokane offers four distinct seasons, each with a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities such as skiing, golfing, and sailing. Additionally, Spokane hosts the largest three-on-three basketball tournament in the world (Hoopfest) and the largest timed 12K road race in the world (Bloomsday).

• Black Student Union
• BRIDGE Orientation
• Center for American Indian Studies
• Center for Global Engagement
• Chinese Club
• Filipino American Student Union
• German Club
• Hawaii Pacific Islanders Club (HPIC)
• Helping Educate Regarding Orientation
• International Student Union
• Irish Club
• Italian Club
• Japanese Club
• La Raza Latina  
• Latin Club
• LEADS Mentoring Program
• LGBT Resource Center
• Multicultural Honor Society
• Saudi Arabian Club
• Unity Multicultural Education Center



The University: Founded in 1887, Gonzaga is an independent, Jesuit, Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington, population 211,000 (688,000 metropolitan area).

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

Student Body: 7,352 total; 4,837 undergraduates; 54% women, 46% men; 21% students from underrepresented ethnic and cultural groups; 2% international students representing 45+ countries; 50% Catholic

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

Study Abroad Options: 43% of students study abroad; studyabroad.gonzaga.edu

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

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

Financial Aid: 99% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities.