As the hub of the Inland Northwest, Spokane plays a vital role in shaping the University's character. While offering urban advantages such as museum exhibits, shopping, symphony, Broadway and ballet performances, Spokane still maintains an intimate, friendly, and community atmosphere. Used for running and cycling, part of the 37-mile Centennial Trail, runs through campus and to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Within a short distance of campus, students snow and water ski, hike, cycle, rock climb, swim, camp, and golf. With an average rainfall of only 16.7 inches per year, outdoor activities are easily accessible.
The 24 residence halls and apartments on campus, both single-sex and coed, house 40 to 360 students each. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. TheZagweb network provides students round-the-clock electronic access to email, Internet, campus intranet, and library holdings, all directly from residence hall rooms. Additionally, the whole campus is wireless. Resident Directors and Assistants, along with a Resident Chaplain, provide a fun, secure, and nurturing environment.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The Foley Library contains more than 800,000 volumes and microform titles, with two special collections of material especially rich in the areas of philosophy and classical civilization, as well as the nation's most extensive collection of works concerning the famous Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The historic College Hall houses the recently-renovated Harry & Colleen Magnuson Theatre, a 24-hour computer lab, a Florentine-style University Chapel, and numerous classrooms and faculty offices.
Students are able to produce sophisticated multimedia presentations and research hundreds of libraries across the country from their own residence hall rooms, by accessing campus-wide wireless, or from one of the 10 labs on campus. The Communications Building offers an arts lab for the Bulletin (the weekly student-published newspaper), KAGU, the University's radio station, and GUTV, a state-of-the-art TV production station where students learn all aspects of broadcast studies. The Herak Center for Engineering offers state-of-the-art CAD/CAM, electronic, digital, microwave, and calibration labs, and the PACCAR Center for Applied Science, which received a "Gold" certification rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), adds more classroom space, a robotics lab, a computer science lab with a high-speed cluster computer array, and the rapidly growing Electric Utility Transmission & Distribution program.
The Martin Athletic Centre boasts a 13,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art fitness center, and next door, the 6000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center houses the men's and women's basketball games as well as concerts and events throughout the year. Washington Trust Field at Patterson Baseball Complex hosts the Gonzaga baseball program.
Gonzaga has committed that any new buildings on campus (including the recent addition of the 167,726 square-foot John J. Hemmingson Center) will seek at least "Silver" LEED certification (and Hemmingson is seeking "Gold").Additionally, as a signatory of the Presidents' Climate Commitment, Gonzaga has created a Climate Action Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2035 (from 2009 levels).
Recognizing the importance of an international perspective for learning, Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 35 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Panama, Scotland (Honors Program students), South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, and Zambia. Gonzaga's campus in Florence, Italy is the most popular option.
Student Organizations & Activities
GU students enjoy a wide variety of activities on and off campus. The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) oversees over one hundred academic, social, and cultural clubs and provides the structure of student government. Some of the most popular clubs include the Outdoors Club, THIRST (a non-denominational worship group), GUTS (an improvisational comedy team), and the Hawaii Pacific Islanders Club. GSBA organizes service and conservation projects, dances, and countless other activities to channel and challenge the talents and passions of motivated men and women who seek to make a difference.
As the leading provider of service hours in the entire city of Spokane, Gonzaga University encourages students to volunteer their services at any of the area nonprofit organizations. University Ministry, the Gonzaga Student Body Association, Unity Multicultural Education Center, and the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) provide organized projects through which students become involved in the greater Spokane community and other cities.
Division I, West Coast Conference sports include baseball (men), basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball (women). Approximately 60% of students participate in intramural and club sports such as ultimate frisbee and rugby. The Harry & Colleen Magnuson Theatre hosts main-stage plays (including musicals), dance recitals, GUTS, sketch comedy, numerous one-acts and student directed scenes. Gonzaga's musical groups include a nationally recognized University Choir, a Chorale, the GU Symphony, the Jazz Ensemble, the Gonzaga Bulldog Band, The Big Bing Theory-an a cappella group, the Boone Street Band, and numerous other ensembles. GU's students also host programs on Gonzaga's TV and radio stations. Additionally, many students participate in University Ministry events, such as retreats, the annual Pilgrimage hike, THIRST, Masses, Christian Life Communities, and interdenominational and/or interfaith services.
Students at Gonzaga are “devoted equally to…academics and social life.” “People generally just want to socialize,” one student explains. “Everyone for the most part does do their work, but there is definitely an emphasis on developing relationships.” “The party scene is lively” at Gonzaga although students caution “we’re not that big of a party school.” During basketball season, Gonzaga basketball becomes “a way of life,” and “basketball games and waiting in line for tickets are the largest social experience on campus.” “Everyone goes to the basketball games. It’s practically required to graduate.” This leads some students to wish there was “less focus on men’s basketball.” Because the school is located in rainy Spokane, Washington, “the worst thing about Gonzaga is the weather, which the school can’t really do anything about.” Still, many students “stay active through sports” and enjoy the outdoors, “whether that’s skiing, hiking, rafting, climbing, wake boarding, or just soaking up some rays.” “People often snowboard at Mount Spokane, or if they are feeling adventurous, they drive the hour to Canada or hour to Montana.” At Gonzaga, students “Read, Rage, Repent, Repeat. We wake up, work out, eat, and make memories.”