Gonzaga University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Gonzaga University

Located in Spokane, WA, Gonzaga University is a private, not-for-profit Roman Catholic institution. In its 2012 rankings, U.S. News & World Report listed Gonzaga third among regional universities in the West. The publication also ranked Gonzaga second among universities in the West with strong graduation and freshmen retention rates.


Gonzaga offers 75 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate degree programs through six schools and colleges. Students enrolled in these programs can take advantage of a general graduate and undergraduate library, a law library, and special archives and collections. The average undergraduate class size is 23 students, and an honors program offers additional opportunities for field trips and service learning.

Some 40% of Gonzaga students study abroad, with programs available in over 20 countries. A foreign study program in Florence is the university's oldest and most popular. Gonzaga also offers some online programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice program and a master's program in communication and leadership studies.


Gonzaga's undergraduate acceptance rate is 65%, and 26% of accepted students end up enrolling. In 2010, the university saw an incoming class of roughly 1,099 students. Regular decision applications are due February 1, and prospective students are notified of admissions decisions by April 1.

Applicants must complete the Common Application, a university supplement form, a teacher evaluation form, and a school report form. Transcripts and SAT I or ACT scores should be sent to the admissions office. Credit may be available for qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Applicants for graduate programs apply to individual programs.

Over 60% of students at Gonzaga are undergraduates. The undergraduate student body is 74% White, 7% Hispanic/Latino, and 4% Asian, and 47% of undergraduates are from Washington.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Gonzaga was $33,160 per year in 2012-13, including a student activity fee. An additional expense of roughly $4,250-$6,940 and $2,900-$4,360 covers room and board, respectively. Books and supplies are expected to cost approximately $1,000.

Gonzaga offers multiple interest-free payment plans, and various merit scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduates, including a dean's scholarship, a university scholarship, and a trustee scholarship. Graduate tuition varies by program. Scholarships and assistantship opportunities are available for graduate students.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 4,850 undergraduates and 3,000 graduates in 2010**
Student Housing First- and second-year students required to live on campus**
Schools and Programs Six schools and colleges, 75 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate degrees**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (232)
Master's: Human Resources Management and Services (353)
Doctorate: Human Resources Management and Services (17)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
69% in 4 years
83% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 65% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,099 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 91% for full-time students*
Mean SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT: 1,205; ACT: 27 in 2011**
Application Due Date February 1 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date April 1 for regular decision**
Tuition $33,160 in 2012-13 (includes student activity fee)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (97%), Pell grants (20%), federal student loans (54%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2010*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Gonzaga University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258-0102
  • Phone: (800) 322-2584 or (509) 313-6572
  • Website: www.gonzaga.edu

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