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Gonzaga University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,865, its setting is city, and the campus size is 130 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Gonzaga University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 4. Its tuition and fees are $33,652 (2012-13).
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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Gonzaga University is not all basketball. Yes, the Zags have appeared in the last 13 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournaments, but it is Gonzaga's strong academic offerings that have distinguished this 123-year-old university. Gonzaga offers 57 fields of undergraduate study in arts and sciences, business, engineering, education and professional studies. Student to faculty ratio is 11:1, and faculty office hours are plentiful. Cura personalis, or care for the individual, is a hallmark of Jesuit education. Twenty seven master's programs, a doctoral program in leadership studies and a juris doctorate through the School of Law complement the undergraduate programs. Gonzaga's freshman class averaged an 1,202 SAT score and a 3.74 high school grade point average in fall 2010. But perhaps even more impressive than the academic credentials of Gonzaga's students is their penchant to serve others, another pillar of Jesuit education. Over the past five years Gonzaga students have averaged 100,000 hours of community service annually. Special programs like Campus Kids (mentoring at-risk grade school children), Mission:Possible (spring break trips to low-income parts of the country to help with revitalization), and April's Angels (an April renovation of an area school, neighborhood or camp) are just a few of the efforts made by Gonzaga students to serve those in need.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
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 more selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 66.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||61.6%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Gonzaga University is 11:1, and the school has 41.5 percent 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; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.8 percent.
Gonzaga University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,865, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 58.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 42.0 percent of students live off campus. Gonzaga University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Gonzaga University, 58.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,830.
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||$33,652 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,730 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data