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Reviews 932 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not go out a lot

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a lot of drinking!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The community of Gonzaga is a group of kind and helpful individuals from the students, to the staff, to the Jesuits. Attending a smaller campus affords me the luxury of getting to know the community on a personal level. Professors know my name and help students on an individual basis.

The kindness of our community is transparent everyday, as someone will always hold a door open, and helping each-other out isn't an act of kindness, but a way of life here

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3 College Junior

Computers: They are really old and limited in number.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are smart and caring.

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College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life

3 College Junior

Parking: If you get there early or late there's good parking

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: It was easy. Do it early.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: marijuana is legal. On campus its not acceptable.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The school offers many way to get involved.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: People are open and accepting.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, but I hear it can be fun.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather varies a lot. We get all four seasons.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly easy to get off campus housing.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: People always say not to walk alone at night. Words like these tend to make safety an issue on campus as we are aware it is a very open and community oriented campus.

4 College Student

Athletics: I think we have a great basketball team and in turn a great student as well as community turn out at games.

College Student

Computers: I have a laptop, and own printer along with an Ethernet cord. I don't use the computer labs.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Its your choice to drink in any situation but peer pressure can really play a role!

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I live in a new residence hall on campus and love that the facility is new. The rooms are small just like other dorms but the layout and common rooms offer a great chance to socialize.

3 College Student

Weather: After a while you get used to the color. the fall colors are beautiful as well as the snow. All of this is okay but when the wind comes that when it becomes a real problem. I love that there is sun at times. That is much needed for a hawaii girl like me!

3 College Student

Nightlife: I think if you want to enjoy the night life you have to want and have the urge to go and go all out. The best parties are located in the off campus housing as well as tentcity before games.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman I have very little experience regarding off campus housing but I believe from visiting houses that the location and proximity to campus and classes are pretty good if not closer then some dorms. The closer to campus the safer the housing.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: I think the rule and expectation for students to attend class is something most students would find daunting but in fact it pushes students to do further and attend classes, learn, and use the money towards tuition effectively. Socially I believe it is a great place to know people. Although the rules seem to be on the more strict side when it does down to it, they are pretty lenient with rules regarding social activities.

2 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I only say its bad because as a Freshman I do not have a car and therefore being able to enjoy the activities in the area is very few. But fortunately there is a bus (shuttle) that takes you to downtown during the weekends. Safety always seems to be a problem in the surrounding area as the community is deemed to be in poverty. The people in the community on the other hand seem to really enjoy the students and what they offer to the community in addition to Gonzaga basketball.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my professors and classes. They make learning easy and fun. The workload is not bad, but you have to keep up with it. Otherwise, you can get bogged down.

Job opportunities are pretty numerous and internships in Spokane are great too.


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Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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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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