From the School

Gonzaga University, founded in 1887, is an independent, comprehensive university with a distinguished background in the Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic tradition. Gonzaga emphasizes the moral and ethical implications of learning, living, and working in today's global society. Through the University Core Curriculum, each student develops a strong liberal arts foundation, which many alumni cite as a most valuable asset. In addition, students specialize in any of more than 75 academic programs and majors. Gonzaga enrolls approximately 4,800 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate and law students.

Gonzaga's 131-acre campus combines the old and new: College Hall, the original administration building, and DeSmet Residence Hall with the modern architectural structures of Foley Library, Hughes Life Sciences Building, Jundt Art Center and Museum, and the PACCAR Center for Applied Science. The campus is characterized by sprawling green lawns and majestic evergreen trees. Towering above the campus are the stately spires of St. Aloysius Church, the well-recognized landmark featured in the University logo.

Gonzaga encompasses five undergraduate schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, and Professional Studies. The University offers the BA, BBA, BEd, BS, BSCE, BSCpE, BSCS, BSEE, BSEM, BSME, and BSN degrees.

Gonzaga offers several unique options for students. The Honors Program provides a rigorous liberal arts curriculum for intellectually curious students who thrive in a competitive academic environment. Business leaders mentor the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program students, and internships are an integral part of the program. The award-winning Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) connects current students and recent graduates with alumni in their professional areas of interest. Students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program take a leadership certificate curriculum that may be combined with any major, and they participate in valuable, interactive leadership experiences. The Army ROTC unit prepares select women and men as leaders in service for their communities and their country. Gonzaga's nationally ranked debate team includes all skill levels. The Mock Trial Team competes nationally and involves students majoring in many different areas of study. Internships, research with faculty, and community service learning enhance class time while providing students first-hand experience.

Overview

Applicants
7,162
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
560 - 650
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
First Generation

Overall

From The School

The core curriculum (a basic set of courses in thought and expression, philosophy, religious studies, mathematics, and English literature) is at the foundation of every student's academic experience at Gonzaga. In keeping with the Jesuit ethos of the University, all students share a framework of 31 credits: a trio block of thought and expression courses including English composition, critical thinking, and speech communication; three additional courses in philosophy; three religious studies courses; and one course each in math and English literature. Various schools in the University add courses that complement the core such as modern/classical language requirements, history and science classes, additional math courses, etc. Often, classes at Gonzaga require oral presentations or use of the written and discussion-based communication skills emphasized in the core curriculum.

Students Say

Gonzaga University “has a strong Jesuit Catholic tradition and has sustained an environment of academic excellence.” By far, the two most commonly cited strengths are the basketball team and the “awesome community!” Gonzaga is a “close-knit community.” “At Gonzaga, we are one big family,” one student says. “Everyone is incredibly friendly,” and there’s “a great sense of school spirit and a family-like environment.” “Not to mention being able to cheer in one of the most intimidating basketball stadiums in the United States.” “It is a family here, and you really get to know your professors,” one student explains. “Everyone here is interconnected, and basketball is wonderful too! It’s a way we all come together.” Students also believe “the Jesuit mission of Gonzaga sets it apart from other schools.” Gonzaga “is a socially competent, caring institution” where you’ll “be constantly challenged to be your best, make lifelong relationships, and develop a critical understanding of the world around you.” The professors get mixed reviews: “It is about a 50 percent chance of getting a good professor.” “Professors are good in general, but adjunct faculty is typically hired at the last minute and not good,” one student explains. “Many of the professors for the core requirements are very religious and not especially open to new ideas.” “Gonzaga tries to get students to think about the world in a holistic way—understanding how everything is interrelated—and finding our purpose in that.” Students think the “registration processes” and “cafeteria food” could “use some improvement,” and “because Gonzaga is a smaller school, it is at times difficult to arrange your schedule due to limited availability of classes and time constraints.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
729
with Terminal Degree
362

408
Men
321
Women
77
Minority
36
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Stockton
Former NBA player for Utah Jazz

Bing Crosby
Entertainer

Carl Pohlad
Owner of Minnesota Twins

Tom Foley
Former Speaker of the House

Carl Maxey
Civil Rights Leader; 1950 NCAA Boxing Champion

Christine Gregoire
Former Washington State Governer

Lenn Sakata
Former Baltimore Oriole

Overview

From The School

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $31,730; room and board is estimated at $8,340. Including tuition, room and board, books, fees, transportation, and living expenses, Gonzaga estimates $44,649 as the total cost of attendance for the 2011-2012 year.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,339

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,305

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,595

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,513

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,252

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

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.

Division I, West Coast Conference sports include baseball (men), basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball (women). Approximately 85% 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, and 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, 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 Say

Although Gonzaga students stress the college’s tight-knit community, many feel that while “the university claims to be accepting of all beliefs, opinions, and lifestyles,” “in reality that’s just not the case.” “It is a community for sure, but really only if you’re white and upper-middle-class, and the Jesuit Catholic mission can sometimes be troublesome for those of us with liberal and non-mainstream Catholic beliefs,” explains one student. “Even feminism is kind of seen as taboo here.” Others insist that “everyone here seems to blend well together,” and “no matter your background, you are accepted here.” Students study “hard through the week” but have “a lot of fun on weekends.” Students describe themselves as “friendly, very open,” “mostly preppy,” “conventionally minded,” “wellmannered,” “religious,” and tending to come “from a good family.” Gonzaga has “a mostly Caucasian population,” and “diversity is a huge issue, and Gonzaga could definitely improve how it treats students of diverse backgrounds.” It should be no shock that “the typical student is a huge basketball fan” with “extreme school spirit.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,837
Out of State
50%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

4.74%
Asian
1.09%
African-American
9.60%
Hispanic
74.85%
Caucasian
3.41%
Unknown
2.43%
International

54% female
46% male
50% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

From The School

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. The ZagNet 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.

Students Say

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.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
58%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
183
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

62% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
8 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: www.gonzaga.edu/diversity

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Gonzaga University certainly feels a keen responsibility to help protect our environment for future generations. And, in an effort to prove just how committed it is to this cause, the university approved its first comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2013. Moreover, as a signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Gonzaga has pledged to work towards climate neutrality. The school aims to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2035 (from 2009 levels). Ultimately, Gonzaga hopes to meet the impressive goal of attaining total climate neutrality by 2050. To help guarantee that said goal is reached, the university has decreed that all new campus construction will aim to meet LEED Silver certifications. Additionally, Gonzaga supports renewable energy by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) equivalent to 20 percent of the school's total energy usage. These certificates are purchased through Avista's Buck-a-Block program. As one might expect, Gonzaga has also worked diligently to ensure that green practices are implemented with regards to landscaping and lawn care. To that end, the university has installed twenty-five new computerized irrigation controllers, allowing staff to remotely monitor and control the water output around campus based upon weather patterns. Moreover, Gonzaga participates in Spokane's "Clean Green" program. Through said program, GU composts over thirty-five tons of tree needles and leaves every year. Finally, with robust car sharing options and free bike rentals, Gonzaga makes it easy for students and faculty on the go to adopt green practices. In the fall of 2014, Gonzaga hired its first Director of Sustainability to help coordinate these campus sustainability efforts.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
8

Average Number of PC's per Lab
42

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer Lenovo, Verizon

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ruben Yamada
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone
509-313-6572


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St Aloysius Cathedral
McCarthy Athletic Center
Jundt Art Museum
Bing Crosby Museum
The Gonzaga University Bookstore
Rare Books Room in Foley, soon the Hemmingson Center will be the main Student Center, opening Fall 2015

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Centennial Trail
Riverpark Square Shopping Center
Mt. Spokane Ski Resort and Recreational Area
Riverfront Park
Greenbluff Orchards
Manito Park, Lake Coeur d'Alene

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:30 - 5
509-313-6572

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
coaches individual email addresses

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Limitations
Based on availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Transportation to Gonzaga's campus is available from Spokane International Airport as well as the train/bus depot via taxi, city buses, or hotel shuttle.

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM I-90 WESTBOUND Take Exit 281. ( Newport/Colville exit) Veer right at the bottom of the ramp Proceed through five stop lights Pass over the Spokane River at the Samuel C. Guess Memorial Bridge Merge into far right lane Turn right on Sharp Ave. Proceed four blocks east Turn right on Addison St. FROM I-90 EASTBOUND Take exit 281. (Division St /Newport/Colville exit) Veer left at the bottom of the ramp Begin to merge right at the first stop light Proceed to right center lane Pass under railroad trellis (Sprague Ave.) Merge into far right lane Pass over the Spokane River on the Samuel C. Guess Memorial Bridge Turn right on Sharp Ave. Proceed four blocks east Turn right on Addison St.

Local Accommodations
The Davenport Hotel 10 South Post Street Spokane, WA 99201 www.davenporthotel.com 509-455-8888 800-899-1482 Fairfield Inn by Marriot 311 N Riverpoint Blvd. (509) 747-9131 www.fairfieldinn.com 10-minute walk to campus Complimentary continental breakfast, indoor pool, interior corridors Doubletree Hotel--Spokane City Center 322 N Spokane Falls Ct 509-455-9600 or 800-222-TREE www.doubletree.com 10 minute walk to campus Amenities include: Free airport shuttle, free local shuttle to and from Gonzaga, free parking Holiday Inn Express 801 N Division (509) 328-8505 www.ontherockexpress.com 5 minute walk to campus All rooms are non-smoking Complimentary parking, continental breakfast and afternoon beverages, interior corridors, on-site fitness and business centers Hotel Lusso 1 N Post (509) 747-9750 www.hotellusso.com Located in downtown Spokane, 15-minute walk to campus Complimentary airport shuttle service and valet parking, European breakfast and afternoon beverage service, health club affiliation,business center, Fugazzi's Restaurant located in hotel Mariana Stoltz Bed and Breakfast 427 E Indiana (509) 483-4316 (800) 978-6587 www.mariannastoltzhouse.com 5 minute walk to campus; local historic site Complimentary parking, home-cooked breakfast and afternoon beverage service, home-like atmosphere Oxford Suites 115 W North River Dr. (800) 774-1877 www.oxfordsuites.com 5 minute walk to campus Complimentary airport shuttle and parking,breakfast buffet and evening reception, indoor pool and spa; business center, 24 hr laundry service and gift shop; Free DSL; Tully's Espresso Bar Red Lion Inn at the Park 303 W. North River Drive (509) 326-8000 www.redlion.com 10-minute walk to campus Amenities include: Free shuttle to/from airport; indoor/outdoor pool; interior corridors; dining room and coffee shop
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Key Stats

7,162
Applicants
4,837
Size
68%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists