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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA 99258 | (800) 986-9585502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258 | (800) 986-9585#80 in National Universities (tie)Overall Score 63/100
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Overview of Gonzaga University

A Message From The University

Gonzaga University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,238, its setting is city, and the campus size is 152 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gonzaga University's ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #80. Its tuition and fees are $44,920.

Gonzaga University is a private, Roman Catholic institution that is open to students of all faiths. Residing along the Spokane River, it is less than half a mile to downtown Spokane, Wash. On campus, there are more than 95 active clubs for students to choose from. Intramural sports are very popular at Gonzaga, with more than 60 percent of the student body participating. The Bulldogs of Gonzaga are part of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The men’s basketball team is the pride and joy of the university, and the team has returned the love by winning more than 90 percent of its games at the school’s McCarthey Athletic Center. At Gonzaga, students are required to live on campus during their first two years, but the university has stated that on-campus housing is not guaranteed for an entire college career. Students interested in outdoor pursuits can journey to the 100-acre Riverfront Park and go ice skating in the winter or check out the sky ride over the falls. They can also explore the Spokane River Centennial Trail, a 37-mile paved trail perfect for walking, running, skating, or biking.

As a Roman Catholic institution, Gonzaga collaborates with Bishop White Seminary by offering theology courses to students preparing for priesthood. The Gonzaga University School of Law is one of only three law schools in the state of Washington, and it has produced multiple state Supreme Court justices. With a large international presence on campus, the university has increased its offerings to international students with the creation of the Center for Global Engagement. Mock trial is a very popular, highly competitive political law club at the school. Students that would like entry into the club must go through a series of rigorous tryouts before joining the team. Notable alumni of the university include singer Bing Crosby, former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, and Hall of Fame basketball player John Stockton.
 

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General Information

School Type

Private, Coed

Year Founded

1887

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Academic Calendar

Semester

Setting

City

2019 Endowment

$299.7 million +

School Website

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Message from the School

"At Gonzaga, we believe you are called to live, learn and explore, not comfortably at the center of the culture, but at the frontiers—the cutting edge, the margins, the places that require courage."
-Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., Gonzaga President

Gonzaga offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and programs, an average class size of 22, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. The faculty are dedicated to student learning, and have been ranked in the top 5% nationally for best undergraduate teaching. Gonzaga also offers study abroad programs in over 60 countries, including our flagship program, Gonzaga-in-Florence, Italy.

As a community of life-long learners for the common good, we are bound together in dialogue. The more we explore our similarities and differences, the stronger our relationships and understanding become. In the Jesuit tradition, Gonzaga is intentional about development as an inclusive, empathetic, and empowering multicultural institution.

Leadership programs at GU range from fun extracurricular opportunities to academic-based programs designed to integrate leadership and learning. The Payne Center for Leadership Development (PCLD) is open to all students and intended to provide exposure to leadership theory and various leadership resources to aid students in their leadership development. In addition to the PCLD, Gonzaga offers two academic programs that are geared toward developing future leaders. These two programs are the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP), and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

At the heart of our Jesuit mission is serving on behalf of the common good and local communities. Last year, Gonzaga students completed over 150,000 hours of community service. From volunteering at homeless shelters, to mentoring youth in our public schools, to promoting social justice across the world, our students make a difference in the lives of others – and are transformed along the way.

If you are interested in applying to Gonzaga, please contact the Office of Admission. We would love to guide you through our holistic admission process that reviews your GPA, course rigor, extracurricular activities, quality of writing, and character. We are “test optional” for all 2021 applicants. You can learn more about our application process at gonzaga.edu/apply. Please reach out to your admission counselor if you have questions.

Lastly, it is our mission at Gonzaga to help every student achieve their fullest potential. That means providing opportunities through scholarship and financial aid to make a Gonzaga education affordable. Furthermore, the holistic education is exceptional and inspiring, so that the value of a Gonzaga diploma is one of the best in the country. With a 94% success rate, we help you find your passion and launch your career.

One of the best ways to discover Gonzaga is through our current students. Connect with them through virtual and in-person programming!

“At Gonzaga, you’re forced to be critical and curious about diverse topics, and find the intersection of all these inspiring peoples’ passions to form your own.”

-Chloe – Biochemistry major from San Jose, CA.

"At Gonzaga, we believe you are called to live, learn and explore, not comfortably at the center of the culture, but at the frontiers—the cutting edge, the margins, the places that require courage."
-Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., Gonzaga President

Gonzaga offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and programs, an average class size of 22, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. The faculty are dedicated to student learning, and have been ranked in the top 5% nationally for best undergraduate teaching. Gonzaga also offers study abroad programs in over 60 countries, including our flagship program, Gonzaga-in-Florence, Italy.

As a community of life-long learners for the common good, we are bound together in dialogue. The more we explore our similarities and differences, the stronger our relationships and understanding become. In the Jesuit tradition, Gonzaga is intentional about development as an inclusive, empathetic, and empowering multicultural institution.

Leadership programs at GU range from fun extracurricular opportunities to academic-based programs designed to integrate leadership and learning. The Payne Center for Leadership Development (PCLD) is open to all students and intended to provide exposure to leadership theory and various leadership resources to aid students in their leadership development. In addition to the PCLD, Gonzaga offers two academic programs that are geared toward developing future leaders. These two programs are the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP), and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

At the heart of our Jesuit mission is serving on behalf of the common good and local communities. Last year, Gonzaga students completed over 150,000 hours of community service. From volunteering at homeless shelters, to mentoring youth in our public schools, to promoting social justice across the world, our students make a difference in the lives of others – and are transformed along the way.

If you are interested in applying to Gonzaga, please contact the Office of Admission. We would love to guide you through our holistic admission process that reviews your GPA, course rigor, extracurricular activities, quality of writing, and character. We are “test optional” for all 2021 applicants. You can learn more about our application process at gonzaga.edu/apply. Please reach out to your admission counselor if you have questions.

Lastly, it is our mission at Gonzaga to help every student achieve their fullest potential. That means providing opportunities through scholarship and financial aid to make a Gonzaga education affordable. Furthermore, the holistic education is exceptional and inspiring, so that the value of a Gonzaga diploma is one of the best in the country. With a 94% success rate, we help you find your passion and launch your career.

One of the best ways to discover Gonzaga is through our current students. Connect with them through virtual and in-person programming!

“At Gonzaga, you’re forced to be critical and curious about diverse topics, and find the intersection of all these inspiring peoples’ passions to form your own.”

-Chloe – Biochemistry major from San Jose, CA.

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Gonzaga University's 2021 Rankings

Gonzaga University is ranked #80 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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Gonzaga University Admissions

Gonzaga University admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 62%. Half the applicants admitted to Gonzaga University have an SAT score between 1200 and 1360 or an ACT score of 25 and 30. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Feb. 1 and the application fee at Gonzaga University is $50.

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Academic Life at Gonzaga University

The student-faculty ratio at Gonzaga University is 11:1, and the school has 37.5% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Gonzaga University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94%.

Class Sizes:

Classes with fewer than 20 students37.5%
20-4961.7%
50 or more0.7%

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Student Life at Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,238, with a gender distribution of 47% male students and 53% female students. At this school, 51% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 49% of students live off campus. In sports, Gonzaga University is part of the NCAA I.

Student Gender Distribution:

Male47%
Female53%

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Gonzaga University Tuition & Financial Aid

At Gonzaga University, 49% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,099.

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Campus Safety

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Gonzaga University Campus

Gonzaga University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, health service, health insurance. Gonzaga University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Gonzaga University.

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