Location
Spokane, WA
Undergrads
4,805
Tuition
$33,712
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1073 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and couldn't be happier!

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: We are currently under construction of a new dining facility!

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I haven't experienced much of the nightlife at Gonzaga.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gonzaga is such a beautiful campus. There are many different places you can study both outside and inside including the library, the student center, lawns, and outdoor tables.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Gonzaga are relatively nice and it ranges from older dorms like Desmet to super, super nice dorms such as Coughlin. Gonzaga has a wide range to pick from including co-ed dorms, single gender dorms, apartment style, traditional style, and suite style dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Gonzaga has a great career center where you can get plenty of questions answered and learn skills to help you complete your resume and with interviews. The school also hosts two different career fairs during the year to help you connect with many employers.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: One of the things I really, really like about Gonzaga is their class sizes. Every class that I had my freshman year was as small if not smaller than the classes I had in high school. It made it much easier to connect with my classmates and to receive help from my professor.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Gonzaga is pretty strict when it comes to academic policies such as cheating or attending classes but they seem to be a little more lenient when it comes to social policies such as visitation in dorms and drug and alcohol use

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great off-campus dining options at Gonzaga. Whether you want to eat healthy at Pita Pit, enjoy a delicious burger at Wolfy's or Zips, or you need a drink from Starbucks to perk you up, these locations are all within a 5 minute walking distance of campus. There are also quite a few places around campus that accept Bulldog Bucks which means that all you need to pay for your meal is your student I.D.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Beautiful athletic center and library. Green spaces are great when the sun is out to play frisbee or volleyball. It comes alive when the weather is nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The community. You can feel comfortable here where everyone is willing to make new friends and most are outgoing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Biology or any natural science is a lot of hard work but if it's what you want to do it is definitely worth it. There are some fantastic professors, some better than others of course, but the program is fantastic and they prepare you well for the national test and for graduate schools if you put the effort in.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are wonderful. I do recommend going in with AP credit because registration is credit based so the more credits you have the earlier you get to sign up for classes. This was crucial for me because I wanted specific professors and classes.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The weather. I love the sun and you only get it once a week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There is a spectrum of housing. Some buildings are newer and nicer and it kind of depends on how lucky you are with getting to choose sooner. They are building some new dorms which is exciting.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: You can always get an escort from campus home, which made me feel very safe. I rated the "sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus" not because it happens often, but because if it happens once I think it is a serious problem. The school has done a great job with demonstrating how they don't take it lightly and how it is safe to speak up if something has happened.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I love Asian cuisine and there were so many options! I had a great time trying Vietnamese and Korean. Spokane is lacking in Mexican food though.

Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: This is impossible to say because you find the full range at this school. You find the students that go to mass every sunday and the students that go out 5 nights a week and everything in between. There's a lot of outdoorsiness so if you are into that it's a great place to be.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Biology was great. The faculty are awesome and we had several events throughout the year that they put on for us.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not participate in any internship. From my friends though, it really just depended which one they did. They were relatively easy to get.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are some fantastic options for off-campus housing, the problem is you have to start SUPER early to get the best deals and locations, which means you need to decide who you want to live with before you even know if you are compatible, which can lead to later conflict.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We would joke that the only African American students attending were also on the basketball team. I had quite a few friends that were non-white, but overall the percentage is not that high for diversity.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no Greek life, but there are two clubs that you can try-out for that are for charity and are the closest thing to being Greek. They are a minority but they do tend to be more cliquey. They do throw some good events.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: It is difficult to say and I rated it the way I did simply for the overall feeling. There are certain RA's that are more lenient than others and I'm sure they would be more lenient if they did their rounds by themselves. However, the school is smart to send them off in pairs because it makes them less likely to only give students warnings and not full documentation. I think it is on the stricter side, but it is still a fun place to learn and meet people.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The student life at Gonzaga is the best! Everyone on campus is very friendly and welcoming and the ways in which everyone unites together for school spirit and support is great!

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Iain Bernhoft
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English/Philosophy
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Most students at Gonzaga are very happy to be here, although few would argue that Gonzaga isn't flawed. Common complaints include that it isn't strong enough academically, classes are too big, it's too Catholic or not Catholic enough, and Spokane is a lousy city for a college student. But most students admit their love for it anyway. Perhaps the primary reason for this is the tightness of the Gonzaga community, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that comes with it. One can cope with shortcomings more easily when living in a comfortable and friendly environment. Students' workload fluctuates wildly depending on field of study, but few are completely overwhelmed or obsessed with studying. Another major draw to many Gonzaga students is the school's study abroad program. Almost a quarter of Gonzaga students studies overseas, the majority attending Gonzaga's well-established Florence program.

The biggest challenge facing Gonzaga over the next few years will be the resolution of these various transition-related problems. If Gonzaga truly wants to establish itself as an elite school, growing pains still need to be resolved. It wants to be taken more seriously, but this will mean more profs, more technology, looking for new ways to accommodate students (better food, transportation, campus activities). As with just about any institution, there are plenty of reasons to get frustrated and plenty of ways in which institutional or administrative stupidity alienates those who are victims of it. The future of Gonzaga will be how it adapts after this time of change. They need to turn their attention not to expanding, but enriching.

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