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Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington

Develop Your Total Self

At Gonzaga University students discover a stunning array of opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, experience, and character that lead to a fulfilling life of purpose and principle.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,062 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
54% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
446 full-time faculty
322 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

66% of students live on campus.

School Location

Spokane, Washington

Retention Fall 2015

95% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

83% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 1%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference. 14 varsity sports (7 men’s: baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, and tennis; 7 women’s: basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball). 12 club teams and 9 intramural sports. More than 90% of students participate in athletics.

Other Information

Gonzaga University is a private, four-year, comprehensive, Catholic, Jesuit university.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Advertising*; Applied Physics; Art; Asian Studies; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration; Catholic Studies*; Chemistry; Classical Civilization; Communication Arts: Applied Communication Studies, Broadcasting and Electronic Media Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Theatre Arts; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Economics; Engineering; English; European Studies; Finance; French; German; History; Human Resource Management; Integrated B.A./B.S. –M.B.A. Program; Integrated Studies; International Studies; Italian*; Italian Studies; Latin American studies; Law and Public Policy; Literary Studies; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mathematics; Mathematics – Computer Science; Modern Languages and Literature; Music; Music Composition*; Music Education; Music Performance*; Music Theory and Literature*; Operations and Supply Chain Management Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Pre-Professional Program: Pre-allied health, Pre-dentistry, Pre-law, Pre-medicine, Pre-physical therapy, Pre-veterinary studies; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Women’s Studies Program*

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked Gonzaga among the best regional universities in the Western United States for 17 of the last 20 years. Gonzaga is ranked fourth in the West in the most recent edition.

  • U.S. New and World Report has ranked the School of Engineering 21st among all engineering programs without Ph.D. programs for the past seven years and ranked the School of Business Administration’s undergraduate business program in the top 10 percent of all undergraduate business schools in the nation.

  • The Princeton Review ranked Gonzaga in the top 10% of undergraduate universities in the nation.


Students have the opportunity to actively take on the world of ideas through hands-on learning opportunities like internships, projects, and study abroad programs…

Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Students in any major who are interested in business can take advantage of Gonzaga’s innovative Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. The program, which includes intensive seminars, lectures, site visits, internships, projects, and mentoring, immerses students in the challenges of starting a new venture in the public or private sector. The program has a strong emphasis on service and ethics. Students in the program receive a $500 per year scholarship as well as other benefits such as the opportunity to participate in a special summer program and potentially receive funding for a business plan. Participants graduate with an Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentration along with their regular major.

Scholarly Competition

Gonzaga students aren’t shy about putting what they have learned to the test in competition. For their senior project, a group of mechanical engineering students, working with Professor Max Capobianchi, entered and won a hydropower engineering efficiency competition. Each member of the team won a scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Gonzaga engineering students have also won awards at the international Student Safety Engineering Design Contest for six straight years. Gonzaga’s curricular emphasis on persuasive oral communication has produced an exceptional debate team, which has soared as high as first place in national rankings.

Study Abroad

Education at Gonzaga knows no boundaries thanks to great study abroad programs in Australia; Baja, Mexico; the British West Indies; Canada; China; Costa Rica; Cuernavaca, Mexico; England; France; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Kenya; and Spain. Students do more then just take in the sights, although there is plenty of time for that; many of Gonzaga’s study abroad programs are rigorous enough to require academic prerequisites.


Every student, no matter what their major, graduates from Gonzaga with a strong foundation in the skills necessary to communicate articulately, think critically, and behave ethically…

Core Curriculum

Every student is required to complete the core curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking and persuasive expression. In their first year, students take English composition, critical thinking, and speech communication as a sequential block of courses. To complete the core curriculum students are also required to take three sequential courses in philosophy, three sequential courses in religious studies, and one course each in math and English literature. Various schools within the University augment the core curriculum with additional course requirements.

Great Student-Professor Relationships

Students have the opportunity to quickly develop a close working relationship with their professors. After collaborating with one of her students in the lab and advising her on a career in science, Professor Maria Bertagnolli helped her land a position doing cancer research in a lab at the prestigious Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Chemistry department chair and professor David Clearly actively involves students with his cutting edge research on lasers. Students who are interested in industry’s impact on the environment can get involved with Associate Biology Professor Hugh Lefcort’s research on the effects of mining companies releasing heavy metals into water systems.

Service Learning

Service learning is a big part of a student’s experience at Gonzaga. Every year students complete approximately 12,000 hours of community service through course-based service learning initiatives. About 25 faculty members from almost every academic department along with 400 students participate in these academic-based service projects. A service learning experience in an academic context frequently leads to a desire to serve that goes beyond the boundaries of the academic program. At the start of every year, the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) organizes a Community Service Fair where as many as 50 different nonprofit agencies recruit student volunteers. CCASL also funds student-run service organizations and helps students to initiate new groups.


Ethics play a prominent part in a Gonzaga education thanks in part to the Gonzaga Institute of Ethics, which was established in 2000 to provide ethics resources and programs to the Gonzaga University community as well as businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, professional groups, and government agencies.


Over 80 student clubs, organizations, and other groups ensure that students have a lot to do after class. An active student government ensures that students have a voice in how the university is run and a wide range of activities and programs to choose from.

Theme Housing

Students have a wide range of residential options to choose from including large and small residence halls, and apartment style facilities. Students who share an interest can elect to live in one of Gonzaga’s nine theme houses. Current examples of themes houses include a service suite, and Hawaii/Pacific Islander House.


Gonzaga University is a great place to be an athlete or a fan. Competing at the Division I Level in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga’s 14 varsity teams have a distinguished record of success. In 1999 the men’s basketball team shocked the nation with a surprise run to the Elite-Eight of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament knocking off No.2-seed Stanford along the way. The team followed up the 1999 campaign with 5 straight appearances in the tournament. They are hoping for their sixth consecutive birth in 2005. They are picked to win the WCC in 2005 and hope to make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The women’s crew team has held first place in the WCC Championship for the past eight years and placed third at the Avaya National Championship in 2001. In 2001 the men’s soccer team claimed second place at the WCC championship and made it to the NCAA tournament and the baseball team finished the season first in its division.

Visual and Performance Arts

Artists feel right at home at Gonzaga. The campus features a spectacular art center and an art museum with a collection that includes the works of Rodin, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Students also have a rich array of opportunities to perform. Theatrical productions range from the classical to the contemporary and there are four instrumental ensembles and eight singing groups on campus. Downtown Spokane is also home to over 40 art organizations.

The Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true with picturesque settings for activities ranging from rock climbing and skiing to bird watching and fishing.


Gonzaga graduates have gone on to great things in the NBA, the halls of Congress and everywhere in between…


Internships and other hands on learning opportunities are plentiful at Gonzaga. For example marketing students in the School of Business Administration can take advantage of a General Motors internship program administered by associate professor Scott Bozman or help invest $75,000 by taking assistant professor Mark Shrader’s portfolio management class. Engineering students work in small groups with a faculty advisor and a liaison from the business world to complete senior design projects. Recent projects have been done for companies like Boeing and Hewlett Packard.


You never know how far you will go with a degree from Gonzaga. John Stockton finished his career with the Utah Jazz as the NBA’s all-time leader in assists. George Nethercutt is a former United States Congressman from Washington. Thomas Foley is the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and a former Ambassador to Japan. Tony Canadeo is a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame and vice president of the Green Bay Packers. Bing Crosby was a popular singer and actor. Mary L. Kamb, MD, MPH works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she is heading up the Global AIDS Program in Vietnam.  Carolyn Kelly is the senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Seattle Times. Barbara Madsen and Mary Fairhurst are Washington State Supreme Court Justices. Monica Michini is an attorney who qualified for the 2000 Olympics in rowing. John Powers is the mayor of Spokane. James Wickwire is an attorney and a world-class mountain climber. Christine Gregoire is the current Washington State governor.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers like the Boeing, Bechtel, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, American Express Financial, Carnival Cruise Lines, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, NASA, and the Army. Recent graduates have also gone on to attend top-flight graduate schools like MIT, Notre Dame, Stanford, and the University of Washington.

Almost 90 percent of seniors in the School of Education are successfully recruited by employers throughout the nation before they graduate.


Admissions Fall 2015

6,729 Total Applicants 
4,945 Total Admissions 
1,337 Total Freshman Enrollment

73.49% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 540 640
SAT Math 550 650
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $37,480
Fees $510
Total $37,990
Room and Board (on campus) $10,780
Room Only $5,170
Board Only $5,610
Estimated Total On Campus $48,770


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
53% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$18,333 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,546 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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