- Class: Senior
- Major: International Relations
- Gender: F
- High School: North Central High School
- Transfer Student: N
Gonzaga is a great school. It is really well-rounded. We have great sports teams (namely, basketball, but the other sports do well too), there are a lot of extra curriclars for any interest, from the school newspaper, to dance, music, leadership, etc. In general the students are really supportive of other student's projects and clubs and turn-out for events hosted by students or the school is usually really well attended. I think Gonzaga is the perfect size because it is small enough to have a small, intimate classroom size - one where you know your teacher and they know your name - but it is also big enough so that you don't know everyone on campus. Also, spokane is great because it is not a "college town," the city is still alive and hoppin in the summer when school is out. This is great because there are a lot of city/community events that are fun to attend (festivals, concerts, etc.) People in Spokane LOVE Gonzaga students. We get discounts at loads of places, and when you say you go to Gonzaga, people smile and get really interested in you and what you are studying - it is great for networking. The administration at Gonzaga tends to be really conservative. To a fault sometimes. They are set in their ways and do not like change. There are so many offices and different areas of administration, financial aid, registration, etc that dealing with anything outside of the classroom can be frustrating. Despite the administration, I REALLY have enjoyed all of the classes I have taken here, they are interesting and there is a large variety of courses, so I can take what appeals to me. There are many study abroad progams, I really reccomend studying abroad. Gonzaga even has their own satelite campus in Florence, Italy and Paris, France. I went to Florence and had the best year of my life! The school really emphasizes experiential learning, so we traveled a ton in this program and had the opportunity to see many different places and experience many different cultures! On Campus, in Spokane, there are a lot of student activities and events- they do a good job of providing stuff to do outside of the classroom that connects students. Gonzaga does a lot to help with the post-college career situation. They have a career center where you can look for jobs, get your resume reviewed or practice interviewing, they have an online job search where you can post your resume for employers to look at, a mentor program - you can partner with someone in the community who has a career you are interested in and either be trained or observe to see if that career is truly what you want to do. Gonzaga has a lot of school pride and spirit and I have not met one person who has graduated from here and regrets it (although, many leave in debt - it is an expensive school).
Gonzaga does a good job with education. As a student we are exposed to a variety of different courses - the core classes include philosophy, english, history and religion. They are many classes I would not have normally taken, but I am very glad I did. All of the classes do a good job at connecting what you are learning with how to use it practically in the real world. Gonzaga also has a ton of smaller, academic and leadership programs that students can apply for to tailor their education to them. The Hogan program, honors program, Comprehensive leadership program are just a few. Class sizes are small (between 20-30 people) and professors know your name and are easily approachable outside of class.
There are a lot of white students, and there appears to be a lot of rich students, however, this is not true - there is a good socio-economic balance between those who are really rich and those who are here on financial aid. Most of the students are from the west coast (California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana) However, whenever we meet a student from somewhere really far away, the south or the east coast, students get excited - its fun to meet people from different places. What is great about Gonzaga is that all students interact with each other. There is not a lot of snobbery here, and those students who are snobs tend to have only a small circle of friends because people do not want to hang out with them. Gonzaga students are really friendly in general. Students are really casual and laid back. It is rare for people to get dressed up - Jeans and a tee-shirt are normal attire and if you are walking through campus during morning class times you will see many students in sweats.
The Best Things
The Worst Things
The slow/beauricratic administration