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Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University


Address: 502 East Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-0102, USA

Website: www.gonzaga.edu

School Details

Key Facts

1. Personal attention from professors

Gonzaga boasts a student/faculty ratio of 11.5 to 1, meaning that personal attention from professors is the norm for our students.

2. Great value and affordability

99% of our first-year students received financial aid this year. U.S. News & World Report ranked Gonzaga the #2 best value in the West for “Regional Universities.” Gonzaga provides an exemplary education at an excellent value for its students.

3. Zags get hired

97% of Gonzaga’s class of 2013 were employed a year after graduation. Three of the biggest employers of Gonzaga grads, based on data from LinkedIn, are Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon. Zags who choose to continue their education after finishing their degree at GU are also very successful: 30% of the class of 2013 are also enrolled in graduate school programs.

4. Happy and well-supported students

Gonzaga’s average retention rate of 93% is 2nd highest in the West and 5th in the nation among “Regional Universities.” Plain and simple: Gonzaga freshmen love it here and come back for their sophomore year at an exceptionally high rate!

5. Active students

Looking for a school where students are active? That’s Gonzaga. GU offers over 100 active student clubs and organizations. The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges ranks GU #3 for “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports.” Gonzaga also has incredible opportunities for being involved in theatre, dance, and music. In short, there are tons of ways to get involved if you become a Zag.

6. GU students graduate

Gonzaga’s 82% graduation rate ranks 2nd highest in the West and 7th in the nation among “Regional Universities.” If you become a Zag, we’ll see you through all the way to graduation.

7. Service-minded culture

Last year, GU students completed more than 75,000 hours of community service through programs sponsored by our Center for Community Action & Service Learning. In recognition of our active presence in the community, Gonzaga was recently selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its prestigious 2015 Community Engagement Classification. And, for two years in a row, Gonzaga has been #1 among “Small Colleges and Universities” for the number of our alumni who serve in the Peace Corps.

8. Spokane is an awesome city for your college years

Spokane is the urban center of the Inland Northwest, and, with a metro area of about 535,000, it’s one of the best small U.S. cities! The Gonzaga campus is just a 15-20 minute walk from downtown and offers easy access to tons of outdoor recreation. Outside Magazine named Spokane of its “Best Towns of 2013,” and National Geographic Traveler magazine picked Spokane for its “Final Four” of “Slam-Dunk College Towns.” Check out our post about Spokane for more about the city.

9. Study abroad opportunities

Among last year’s Gonzaga graduates, 48% studied abroad while at GU. We offer programs all over the world in over 70 countries. Getting a global education is a distinctive part of what it means to be a Zag.

10. We’ve got spirit

You may already know that Gonzaga has a tradition of great basketball, but what you may not have realized is that we also have a tradition of off-the-charts school spirit! In 2012, the Kennel Club, Gonzaga’s student club devoted to supporting GU athletics, was a semifinalist for best student section in the nation. We also ranked #15 for “Student Pack the Stadiums” in the Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges. There’s some swagger that comes with being a Zag. So, if you’ve been waiting to submit an application, now you have ten reasons to submit it—NOW! And, if you’ve already been admitted and are now convinced that Gonzaga is the place for you, go ahead and confirm your enrollment today!

Rankings & Accreditation

U.S. News & World Report 2015

  • Gonzaga University is the No. 3 best “Regional University” (tie) in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings.
  • The University is rated the No. 2 best value among West regional universities.
  • Gonzaga ranks No. 2 in the West for its average freshman retention (tie) and graduation rates (tie).
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science is the No. 29 (tie) best undergraduate engineering program nationwide (among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s).
  • Gonzaga’s undergraduate business program is included among the nation’s best at No. 113 (tie).

U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2013

  • Gonzaga’s Master of Business Administration program is ranked the 73rd best (tie) part-time MBA program in the nation, up from last year’s No. 82 ranking.
  • Gonzaga’s Master of Accountancy program the No. 14 best specialty accounting program in the nation. Gonzaga is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to achieve the book’s top accounting program ranking.
  • Gonzaga University School of Law had the highest employment rate nine months after graduation of any law school in Washington or Oregon, the publication reported; 63.8 percent of GU law graduates (2011) had full-time jobs nine months after graduating. The publication ranks Gonzaga Law School No. 113 (tie) among top-tier law schools nationwide, unchanged from the previous year.

AACSB Business, Accounting Accreditations

Gonzaga University School of Business Administration announced Jan. 9, 2012 it has retained prestigious accreditations for business and accounting by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — the global accrediting body for business schools worldwide.

Student Population

  • Total: 7,423

Entry & Requirements

  • Undergraduate: TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.0
  • Graduate: TOEFL iBT 70 or IELTS 6.0, GMAT/GRE required
  • ESL: Yes

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees: $37,480
  • Room & Board: $11,900
  • Books, Supplies & Personal Expenses: $2,600
  • Medical & Accident Insurance: $1,500
  • Total Cost (on I-20): $53,480
  • Fees stated above are for undergraduate programs.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Yes


Gonzaga College started in 1881 with $936 in hard silver dollars. It bought Gonzaga’s founder, Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J., 320 acres of land and water, what people then referred to as “the old piece of gravel near the falls."


Gonzaga offers 75 undergraduate majors and programs, 26 master’s degrees, a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and a Juris Doctor through the School of Law. Additionally, undergraduates may participate in several distinctive academic programs. The average undergraduate class size is 23 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1.

All levels of study at: www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Programs-of-Study.asp

Six years later, the College officially opened the doors of its only building for “young Scholastics, whose ambition it is to become priests.” Exclusively for boys, the College was under the charge of the Jesuit priests. Enrollment for the 1887-88 academic year was 18 boys and young men.

Today, it is known as Gonzaga University, a private, four-year institution of higher education. More than 105 buildings dot the 131-acre campus overlooking the Spokane River. Students include both women and men, who can enroll in a multitude of undergraduate or graduate programs. Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year was 7,691 students.

A constant throughout the years is Gonzaga’s educational philosophy, based on the centuries-old Ignatian model of educating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. 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.

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