Gonzaga University

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School Overview

Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington, was founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus. A private Roman Catholic university, it is one of 28 member institutions for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, but was named after a young Jesuit saint named Aloysius Gonzaga. Father Cataldo was an Italian-born missionary and priest who created the Catholic school for local Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. There are 105 buildings on a campus which is made up of 131 acres of grassland next to the Spokane River. This is a residential setting located less than a mile from Spokane.

There are 92 fields of study along with 26 graduate programs offered at Gonzaga. Gonzaga has a liberal arts tradition at its core so the curriculum encompasses natural and social sciences, literature, mathematics, religious studies, philosophy, and extensive writing in each major. Gonzaga also offers programs which prepare students for professional schools in veterinary medicine, nursing, law, medicine, divinity/theology, dentistry, engineering, education, and business.

Gonzaga prepares the Catholic Seminarians for entrance into the priesthood in part by its partnership with Bishop White Seminary. They are located right next to Gonzaga’s campus. Students at Gonzaga are able to study at other campuses abroad such as Zambia, Spain, Mexico, Kenya, Japan, France, England, Costa Rica, China, British West Indies, Benin, Australia, Italy, etc. Additionally, Gonzaga also has an Army ROTC program which enables students upon graduation to become commissioned officers.

General Information

Admission Office

502 East Boone Avenue

Spokane, WA 99258-0001

(509) 313-6572

(800) 322-2584

Fax: (509) 313-5780

Contact: Julie McCulloh

Dean of Admissions
Main Address

502 East Boone Avenue

Spokane, WA 99258-0001

(509) 328-4220


Total undergrads: 4,517

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,107

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,442

Graduate enrollment: 2,206


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $26,558 $28,262 $29,675 $30,925 +4.21%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $1,000 +11.11%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,520 $7,860 $8,246 $8,300 +0.65%
Other $2,900 $2,900 $2,900 $3,050 +5.17%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $37,878 $39,922 $41,721 $43,275 +3.72%
In-state Off Campus $27,458 $29,162 $30,575 $31,925 +4.42%
In-state with Family $27,458 $29,162 $30,575 $31,925 +4.42%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $13,950
In-state Student Fees $205
Out-of-state Tuition $13,950
Out-of-state Student Fees $205

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,047 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,044 95% $14,234,784 $13,635
• Federal grants 130 12% $585,935 $4,507
• Pell grants 129 12% $419,435 $3,251
• Other federal grants 120 11% $166,500 $1,388
Local and state government scholarships or grants 71 6% $389,057 $5,480
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,044 95% $13,259,792 $12,701
Student loan financial aid 531 48% $3,349,377 $6,308
• Federal student loans 529 48% $2,767,055 $5,231
• Other student loans 50 5% $582,322 $11,646

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1108 780 192 5
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Asian Studies/civilization 5
European Studies/civilization 2
Latin American Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 67
Biochemistry 8
Biology/biological Sciences, General 59
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 274 370 19
Accounting 73 31
Business Administration and Management, General 201 63
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 276 19
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 105
Broadcast Journalism 29
Journalism 22
Public Relations/image Management 40
Radio and Television
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 9
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Science 9
Education 46 328
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 49
Education, General 30
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 204
Health Occupations Teacher Education 7
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 27 20
Special Education and Teaching, General 19 3
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 15
Engineering 94 3
Civil Engineering, General 34 3
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 15
Engineering, General 3
Mechanical Engineering 42
English Language and Literature/letters 39
English Language and Literature, General 39
Rhetoric and Composition
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 28
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 3
French Language and Literature 7
Italian Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 16
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 42 82 2
Family Practice Nurse/nursing
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 42 82 2
History 54
History, General 54
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 22
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 22
Legal Studies, General 173
Law 173
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 23
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 23
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics 17
Mathematics, General 17
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 1
Mathematics and Computer Science 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Studies 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 24
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 24
Physical Sciences 13
Chemistry, General 10
Physics, General 3
Psychology 78
Psychology, General 78
Social Sciences 129
Economics, General 25
International Relations and Affairs 16
Political Science and Government, General 56
Sociology 32
Visual and Performing Arts 29
Art/art Studies, General 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 5
Music, General 15
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
French B
Italian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Gonzaga University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (509) 328-4220
Website: https://www.gonzaga.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.gonzaga.edu/admission/
Address: E 502 Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258-0001
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,537
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 87%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,220 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $45,140
Out-of-state Tuition: $45,140
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $22,996

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Gonzaga University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Gonzaga University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 241
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 51
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 46
Engineering 141
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 22
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 1
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 147171

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Gonzaga University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $45,140
Out-of-state $45,140
Books and supplies $1,158

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,096
Out-of-state $17,096

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,188 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,188 99% $22,996
Student loan aid 586 49% $7,596

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,185 98% $22,037
Federal student loans 2,303 43% $6,324

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Gonzaga University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Gonzaga University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,256 4,100 5,156
Percent admitted 100% 62% 62%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 13% 14%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Gonzaga University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,537
Undergraduate enrollment 5,211
Graduate enrollment 2,326

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Gonzaga University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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