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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.

3 College Junior

Academics: Everything is great, but no big projects to impress employers

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: So far everything is manageable and what would be expected of a masters program.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Registration is easily done online.


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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 29% John Stockton - NBA hall of fame point guard
  • 29% Thomas Foley - former Speaker of the House
  • 29% Bing Crosby - legendary actor and crooner
  • 5% Carl Maxey - civil rights leader, lawyer, activist
  • 5% Christine Gregoire - politician
  • 5% Frank Burgess - former U.S. Federal Judge
  • 0% Carl Pohlad - owner of the Minnesota Twins
  • 0% Jason Bay - all-star MLB left-fielder
  • 0% Tony Canadeo - NFL hall of famer

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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