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Diversity Profile


Spokane, Washington

Foundations for the future
Numerous facts and figures attest to the value of a Gonzaga education: job placement in corporations that include Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and Amazon; exceptional acceptance rates into prestigious graduate programs, including medical and law schools; one of the highest CPA exam pass rates in the nation; and consistently glowing reviews in national publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review’s The Best 381 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, and Nursing and Human Physiology, Gonzaga’s 5,160 undergraduates choose from more than 75 majors and programs. 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 inclusive of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, nationality, economic status, or other differences. The University strives to provide an inclusive 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 first-year and sophomore students to live on campus. 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 of maintaining a rigorous academic schedule while fully embracing the vibrant social atmosphere of spending time with close friends.

Spokane
Located on 152 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, outdoor pursuits, and sporting events. Spokane hosts community events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March and the Pride Parade. 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).

 

AT A GLANCE

The University: Founded in 1887, Gonzaga is an independent, Jesuit, Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington, population 213,000 (711,000 metropolitan area).

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; student-faculty ratio of 12:1; average class size of 24; 93% retention rate (average over three years); 75% four-year graduation rate (average over three years)

Student Body: 7,572 total; 5,160 undergraduates; 53% women, 47% men; 24% multicultural diversity; 2% international students representing 40 countries; 50% Catholic

2017–2018 Annual Expenses: Tuition: $40,540; room and board: $11,560 

Study Abroad Options: 47% of students study abroad; studyabroad.gonzaga.edu

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

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 earn merit scholarships and/or grants. 

MULTICULTURAL OFFICES & STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
• Asian American Union 
• Black Student Union
• BRIDGE Pre-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
• Intercultural Student Union
• Irish Club
• Italian Club
• Japanese Club
• La Raza Latina  
• Latin/Classics Club
• LEADS Mentoring Program
• LGBTQ+ Resource Center
• Multicultural Honor Society
• Saudi Arabian Club
• United Students Against Sweatshops 
• Unity Multicultural Education Center

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