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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are smart and caring.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm going straight to a Ph.D. program from undergrad, which is not common. With the work that you put in and the care teachers have for you, it is possible to go anywhere after school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program makes very sure that every one of its students wants to be there more than anything in the world. So, yes, you will have your butt kicked, and after freshman year, you will not have as much of a social life… But it is the most interesting and fun material I've ever experienced. All the professors are fantastic and the nursing building is really new, and nice. All the mannequins that we use are up to date and do some awesome things. We also have an incredibly elite program with a high passing rate on the NCLEX.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love Gonzaga. I hate a lot of the requirements like religion and philosophy.. But I understand that Gonzaga wants to graduate well rounded students. My biggest suggestion is kicking butt in high school and transferring in with some credits so when it comes to choosing teachers, you get the better picks. The more credits you have, the sooner you get to register. is your best choice while looking at good teachers. My best advice is that if you get stuck with a professor who has bad reviews… Keep an open mind. Going into a class already hating a professor will do you absolutely no good.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a wide variety of majors to choose from. The curriculum makes you very well rounded because of the required core classes. Registration is pretty easy, you will always be able to get into the classes you need. Gonzaga provides free tutors for different classes and the teachers will stay after school to tutor their students as well.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 251st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 544th
    Smartest Professors
  • 549th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 576th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Gonzaga is a relaxed, moderately difficult, student-friendly university, which has its benefits and drawbacks. Gonzaga's focus is on teaching rather than research, so you won't be rubbing elbows with "leading lights." Professors are teaching because they want to, not to fill quotas as they work on their next paper. Students are taught mostly by professors, not TAs or adjuncts. This fosters a relaxed and non-competitive attitude. Students help their fellow students, and cutthroat competition is unheard of. The difficulty of classes varies. Engineering and science classes are more time-consuming and intense than liberal arts, business, or education.

Perhaps Gonzaga's greatest academic strength is its core curriculum. One of the most substantial and thorough of its kind, it includes 11 courses students are required to take. It is oriented toward philosophy, religious studies, and thought and expression, but also includes English literature and math. This helps students become well-rounded and versed in different approaches to studying and thinking, and it gives a broad base of experience and knowledge to draw upon when learning and interacting with others. That being said, few of the departments here merit high praise. Engineering, business, and philosophy are solid, but most departments are undermanned and lack specialization.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 students: 61%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • School of Law
  • School of Professional Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
  • Doctorate – Professional practice
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other: 9%
  • Law: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Best Places to Study
  • Crosby Student Center
  • Foley Center Library
  • Jepson Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for extensions if you need them.
  • Check your email frequently.
  • Get out of town once in a while—it keeps you fresh.
  • Go to class (probably the most important ingredient to getting good grades).
  • Limit partying to the weekend.
  • Pick a few activities and make the most of them.
  • Take advantage of the retreats offered.
  • Talk to the professors frequently for help and guidance.
  • Use the Career Center.
Did You Know?
On December 30, 1968, Led Zeppelin played the gymnasium (currently the Martin Centre) at Gonzaga University. The bootleg of the concert is the earliest known Led Zeppelin live recording in existence.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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