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A foundation for the future

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 380 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. 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 philosophy, religious studies, English, speech, and mathematics, the core provides new intellectual perspectives to students through the exposure of 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 5,041 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, and the PACCAR Center for Applied Science augment these exceptional academic programs. An average class size of 24 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 for their first two years. 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, the Center for Experiential Leadership, study and recreational lounges, and student club offices. 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 serving as a crew member on a SEARCH retreat, students always find they have the opportunity to showcase creativity and leadership outside the classroom.


In the heart of the Inland Northwest
With over 671,000 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 choices.

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 talented artists, promising leaders, and those for outstanding Catholic high school graduates, require separate qualification and application procedures.


The best and brightest
Every year Gonzaga welcomes approximately 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. Entrance into the Honors Program is highly competitive and involves an additional essay application.

Other distinctive 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 outside the classroom.

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


Quick Sketch

Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population of approximately 212,000 (671,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit, Catholic

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24; 95% retention rate; 78% four-year graduation rate

Campus: 152 green acres along the beautiful Spokane River; a less than 15-minute walk to the upscale downtown district with shops, arts, entertainment, and fine dining

Student Body: 7,491 total enrollment; 5,041 undergraduates; 54% women, 46% men; 23% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a PhD, a DNP, and a JD degree

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 40 different countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 49% 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; women’s volleyball; men’s baseball

2016–2017 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $38,980; room and board: $11,258

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

Student Life: Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors over 100 clubs, numerous dances, ski weekends, and much more. Martin Center offers an array of workout options and places for intramurals. The new Hemmingson Center shows first-run movies and houses University Ministry, many hang-out spaces, a Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, The Bulldog restaurant, and much more.