Location
Spokane, WA
Undergrads
4,805
Tuition
$33,712
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1071 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's hard to rate this because I think the problem is the FAFSA more than Gonzaga itself. Gonzaga tries really hard to give financial aid to its students, but they can only do so much.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing at Gonzaga varies depending on what you get. The newer dorms are really nice and spacious, where the older dorms are not great at all. The more "social" dorms on campus can unexpectedly get really gross and dirty. Some dorms are closer to main campus with classes, while others are further away. The housing selection process is really stressful and needs to be redone.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Spokane has some rough parts of town, especially the neighborhood around Gonzaga. There are some really great places to hang out like coffee shops and great hiking trails and outdoor activities. Downtown Spokane is really close to campus and pretty easy to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Gonzaga does have fairly good campus security. You will always see the security cars driving around and they are really helpful when you need them. The only thing that really concerns me is their control of non-students on campus. It just seems like anyone can wander into any of the buildings anytime they feel like it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Gonzaga is a really great school. The thing I like most about it is that I feel like there is something for everyone. Whether your a sports fan, artsy, shy, outgoing, creative, or serious there is someone that is just like you and there is something at Gonzaga that will fit your specific interests.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gonzaga is pretty close to downtown Spokane which has a lot of delicious restaurants. However, the mall downtown doesn't have a huge selection of stores so its hard to go shopping.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet so I don't know much about it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Gonzaga doesn't really have a Greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I think that Gonzaga is very generous in terms of merit money. If you do well in high school, you will be rewarded when you get to Gonzaga. They also have many of their own scholarships to choose from aside from just their merit scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can see some evidence of diversity on campus, but I would definitely not consider Gonzaga to be a diverse univeristy.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is a big part of campus life at Gonzaga and the basketball games are so much fun and full of so much energy. They are a great way to show school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Aside from the cafeteria, Gonzaga does have quite a few options to choose from when it comes to where you can eat. There is an Einstein Brothers' Bagel, Panda Express, Sub Connection, a little cafe, and our own little market. You can use your dining dollars at any of these places. Gonzaga also has many different meal plans to choose from so you can find one that fits your class schedule and lifestyle.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have only taken a few classes so far that relate to my major, but I really, really like it. Gonzaga is known for their accounting program and I completely understand why. The professors are great and the classes are interesting but they are also challenging.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the business school is relatively easy as long as you maintain a certain grade point average. It doesn't require any extra applications so as long as you keep your grades up you will get into the school

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Split between guys and girls who like to have fun and party and between guys and girls who are serious, hard-working, and the commitment type. No matter who you are you can find someone who is like you.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team has a huge turnout and all students watch the games.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the dining options that are present in Spokane

3 College Junior

Majors: It seems to be the typical student experience

College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet

1 College Junior

Greek Life: There is not a Greek life at Gonzaga University

5 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball season is the best time to be on campus

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not the worst, but could be way better

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you go to Gonzaga, you have to stay in the dorms, it's a fantastic experiance

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: City with not a lot to do

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: RAs can be a little strict but most are really cool and will give you a warning before taking major action

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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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