Gonzaga University

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502 E. Boone Avenue

Spokane, WA 99258-0001

Phone: (509) 328-4220
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#4 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Gonzaga University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,906, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 130 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gonzaga University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 4. Its tuition and fees are $35,062 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Gonzaga University is a private Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic university situated on the banks of the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington. Routinely recognized among the West's top regional universities, Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 25 master's degrees, doctoral degrees in Nursing and Leadership Studies, and a Juris Doctorate through its School of Law.

Founded in 1887, by Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J, the University was named for the Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron Saint of youth. Its educational philosophy is based on the centuries-old Ignatian model that seeks to prepare faith-filled, ethical leaders whose actions reflect a commitment to service, justice and promotion of the common good. At Gonzaga, students discover how to integrate science and art, faith and reason, action and contemplation. Cura personalis, or care for the individual, is our guiding theme.

An education at Gonzaga is fueled by academic rigor, a high quality of student life, competitive athletics, service for others, and a strong sense of community. Students welcome the disciplined approach to scholarship and focus on developing critical thinking skills. Applied learning through internships and undergraduate research are prized avenues to prepare students for career work.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $142,469,840


When applying to Gonzaga University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Gonzaga University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 67.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.5%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Gonzaga University is 11:1, and the school has 37.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Gonzaga University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Engineering; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Social Sciences 12%
Engineering 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

Gonzaga University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,906, with a gender distribution of 45.8 percent male students and 54.2 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Gonzaga University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,781
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Gonzaga University offers a number of student services including health service and 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Gonzaga University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Gonzaga University, 58.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,511.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $35,062 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,120 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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