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 to prestigious graduate, medical, and law schools; one of the highest CPA exam pass rates in the nation; and job placement in corporations such as Microsoft, Nike, and Amazon.

Additionally, Gonzaga University remains committed to challenging students to integrate their studies and actions into a philosophy of living that promotes a lifetime of learning and serving the common good. An average class size of 22 students allows dedicated faculty to closely mentor students in the classroom, and a supportive community nurtures students to grow in mind, body, and spirit. 

The Gonzaga experience
Gonzaga requires first-year and sophomore students to live on campus. Campus life is an exciting blend of maintaining a rigorous academic schedule while fully embracing the vibrant social atmosphere of spending time with close friends. GU offers more than 140 student organizations such as music, theater, cultural clubs, community service, student government, faith-sharing groups and retreats, Division I athletics, and club and intramural sports.  

In the heart of the Inland Northwest
With nearly 722,000 residents, the Spokane–Coeur d’Alene area provides numerous internships as well as outlets for cultural and artistic expression. A scenic 15-minute walk along a section of the 37-mile Centennial Trail carries students to vibrant downtown Spokane, which offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices. Additionally, students can explore snow-capped mountains, many lakes, and scenic hiking trails all within a 50-mile radius of campus. 

Rewarding your achievements
Students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply for admission. However, some awards—such as the University’s scholarships for outstanding graduates from Catholic high schools—require separate qualifications and application procedures. Gonzaga is test optional for 2021 applicants and beyond, including for all scholarship, Honors Program, and direct entry Nursing and Engineering applicants.



Ranked in the top 5% of national universities for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” | U.S. News & World Report, 2020


94% success rate for students employed, volunteering, or in graduate school within six months of graduation | First Destination Survey, 2019


Ranked in the top 10% of schools where the highest degree offered is master’s for the School of Engineering & Applied Science | U.S. News & World Report, 2020


Ranked in the top 23% of undergraduate Business programs among AACSB-certified schools | U.S. News & World Report, 2020


One of the top 10 midsize schools sending alumni into the Peace Corps for 2020

Fast Facts

Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington

Affiliation: Jesuit, Catholic

Five undergraduate schools: The College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Engineering & Applied Science, and Nursing & Human Physiology

Academic Information: 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 22 students; 94% retention rate; 75% four-year graduation rate 

Student Body: 5,222 undergraduates: 53% women, 47% men; 27% multicultural diversity

Study Abroad: Available in 40 different countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 56% of students studying abroad

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

Financial Aid: 99% of Gonzaga’s students receiving merit scholarships and/or grants

Student Life: Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors over 140 clubs, numerous dances, ski weekends, etc. The Martin Centre offers an array of workout options and places for intramurals. The Hemmingson Center shows first-run movies and houses Mission & Ministry, Unity Multicultural Education Center, the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center, a Starbucks, Gonzaga Outdoors, and much more!

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Everyone talked about how connected they felt at Gonzaga, and that was something I really wanted too. As I did more research, every one of my boxes got checked along the way, and I kind of took a leap of faith coming here—and everything has been great ever since.”

    • Jerry Xue
      Honolulu, HI, Business Administration
  • “Gonzaga’s going to be a school that’s going to teach you a lot academically; it’s going to teach you a lot about yourself, but it’s also going to grow you into the person you never thought you could be.”

    • Alex Campbell
      Renton, WA, Sociology
  • “Gonzaga offers this challenging embrace. It welcomes you, and it also expects you to grow and change.”

    • Erik Hirschman
      Washington, DC, Biology
  • “You definitely get the sense of the big city, but it still feels small. I’m not sure why that is; maybe it’s just because we live so close to downtown, or maybe it’s because people are so genuine.”

    • Jason “Bunji” McLeod
      Bellingham, WA, Mechanical Engineering
  • “At Gonzaga, you’re forced to be critical, and you’re forced to be curious about diverse topics and to find the intersections of all of these diverse people’s passions to form your own.”

    • Chloe Sciammas
      San Jose, CA, Biochemistry