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International Profile

The Center for Global Engagement

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, Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, and Kiplinger’s 100 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, mathematics, and social justice, 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, the Herak Center for Engineering and Applied Science, 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, and residence life is the foundation upon which Gonzaga’s strong sense of community is built. International students are encouraged to live in Coughlin Hall, a living-learning community where students on the “global engagement” floor experience and learn about cultures, languages, and religions different than their own. Some juniors and seniors live on campus as well, and many live in the surrounding neighborhood. Opened in 2015, the John J. Hemmingson Center houses multiple dining services, the Center for Global Engagement, Unity Multicultural Education Center, the Center for Experiential Leadership, study and recreational lounges, and student club offices.

Student life
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. Campus life includes the opportunity to participate in GU’s 100+ student clubs and organizations. Activities are available in such areas as music, theater, cultural clubs, community service, student government, 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 Intercultural Student Union dinner, or writing for GU’s weekly newspaper, students always find they have the opportunity to showcase creativity and leadership outside the classroom. The Gonzaga Student Body Association also sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including dances, ski weekends, boat cruises, and much more. The Martin Center offers racquetball, basketball, an indoor running track, a swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility open to all students.

Rewarding your achievements
Students attending Gonzaga find they are rewarded greatly for their talents and accomplishments.

Merit-based scholarships are offered to international students 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 talented musicians, require separate qualification and application procedures.

Rankings: Gonzaga University is ranked #4 best “Regional University” in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. In addition, the School of Engineering and Applied Science is ranked the 28th-best undergraduate engineering program nationwide, and Gonzaga’s undergraduate Business program is the nation’s 93rd best.

Gonzaga’s Global Bridge Program: Students who do not currently meet Gonzaga’s English language proficiency requirements (80+ TOEFL iBT, 6.0+ IELTS) can still be admitted to Gonzaga through the Global Bridge Program. The program provides comprehensive academic language and cultural support to international students as they transition into their degree program. The first level of the program enables students to improve their English proficiency while earning 12 undergraduate credits at a highly discounted tuition rate. Gonzaga also offers one of the best academic ESL programs in the nation. Conditional admission to graduate studies is available. Please contact isss@gonzaga.edu for more information.




In the heart of the Inland Northwest with over 671,000 residents, the Spokane, Washington, area provides for 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.


Type of School: Private Jesuit university

Size of campus: 131 acres

Number of students: 7,400

Number of faculty: 427

Colleges, programs, and degrees: 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, Professional Studies, and Law. Gonzaga offers 75 undergraduate programs of study, 22 master’s degrees, one doctoral degree, and a law school.

Geographic diversity: 4% international, 23% students of color

International student services: Full orientation program, International Student Union, airport pickup, international student activity program, career services, internships, etc.

International Student Budget: (2016–2017)
Tuition and Fees    $    39,730
Room and Board    $    13,100
Books and Supplies    $    2,600
Medical and Accident Insurance    $    1,300
Total    $    56,730

Financial aid: International students (undergraduate and graduate) are automatically considered for merit scholarships when they apply for admission. International merit scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in their academics and extracurricular activities. Merit scholarships range from $5,500–$19,000 per year. Additional awards, such as Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement Diversity Scholarship, require a separate application.

Test score requirements: TOEFL: 80 iBT; IELTS: 6.0; SAT (CR+M): 1070 or SAT (EBRW+M): 1150 (score not required for international applicants); ACT: 23 (score not required for international applicants); applicants with a TOEFL score of 72–79 or 5.5 IELTS may qualify for Gonzaga’s Global Bridge program.

Application deadlines and fees:
Application fee: $50
Priority—fall       Freshmen: November 15 Transfers: March 1
Regular Decision—fall    Freshmen: February 1 Transfers: June 1
Spring         Freshmen: November 15 Transfers: November 15

Deposits and fees: A $400 confirmation deposit is required to secure your place in the class and initiate your course registration.