Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

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 at corporations like Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and Amazon; and consistently glowing reviews in national publications such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review’s The Best 384 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.

Gonzaga’s core curriculum encourages all students to engage in interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking, and self-reflection. The core is bookended by first-year and senior seminars and includes courses in philosophy, religious studies, writing, scientific inquiry, the humanities, social justice, global studies, and fine arts. Ultimately, the core challenges students to integrate their studies and actions into a philosophy of living that promotes a lifetime of learning.

As 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, Leadership Studies, and Law. 

Gonzaga’s 5,304 undergraduates choose from 56 majors and 61 minors. 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. Gonzaga ranks #1 among the West’s regional universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and an average class size of 24 allows the University’s dedicated faculty to closely mentor and support students in the classroom.

The Gonzaga experience
Gonzaga requires first-year and sophomore students to live on campus in one of 20 residence halls and apartment buildings. 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. 

The John J. Hemmingson Center houses multiple dining services, the Center for Global Engagement, Unity Multicultural Education Center, Mission & Ministry, the Center for Community Engagement, Gonzaga Outdoors, study and recreational lounges, and student club offices. GU offers more than 130 student 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 Hawaii Pacific Islander’s Club 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 nearly 722,000 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 50 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 electronic portfolio 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 in and out of the classroom. 


Founded: 1887 

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 225,000 (720,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit Catholic

Academic Information: 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24; 94% retention rate; 75% four-year graduation rate (average of last three cohorts)

Campus: 152 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: 7,563 total enrollment; 5,304 undergraduates; 52% women,47% men, 1% non-binary; 25% multicultural diversity

Academic Programs: 56 majors, 61 minors, and 50 concentrations; 16 master’s and five doctoral degrees

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in 40 different countries (including Gonzaga in Florence); 50% of students study abroad. gonzaga.edu/studyabroad

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

2019–2020 Annual Expenses: Tuition: $44,280; room and board: $12,330

Financial Aid: 98% of Gonzaga’s students earn merit scholarships and/or grants. The average award was $30,882 in the 2018–2019 academic year.

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 130 clubs and organizations, numerous dances, ski weekends, and much more. The Martin Center offers an array of workout options and places for intramurals. The Hemmingson Center shows first-run movies and offers hangout spaces, student involvement offices, Gonzaga Outdoors, a Starbucks, The Bulldog restaurant, and much more.

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