Diversity

Location
Spokane, WA
Undergrads
4,805
Tuition
$33,712
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Diversity: People are open and accepting.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are few black people, or hispanic people, but everyone is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone at Gonzaga is the most welcoming people in the world, no matter what your beliefs or practices are. I don't know anybody who isn't accepting of anyone's beliefs and it is so great to be on a campus like that where gays, straights, blacks, whites, feminists, atheists, catholics, and disabled people can all come together to be one.

1 College Junior

Diversity: There really is not any sense of diversity on campus. While it appears that the classes are becoming more diverse, it is still an anomaly.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Overall, the student body seems to be pretty diverse in cultures and beliefs, and each individual seems pretty strong in their personal identity.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English/Philosophy
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As statistics strongly suggest, Gonzaga is not a hotbed of racial diversity. Virtually the only noticeable "ethnic" presence on campus is the contingent from the Far East (mainly Japan and Korea, but also Russia and Taiwan). These students tend to be rather isolated, both by the linguistic barrier and by their diligent study habits. There are many minority clubs, but they tend to be small and cliquish. For many, the overwhelmingly Caucasian nature is off-putting. The administration is working to promote diversity through scholarships and programs. The atmosphere in Spokane does not help matters—it is heavily white.

On the bright side, within the Gonzaga community, there seems to be a fairly minimal amount of segregation. Students with similar interests and habits tend to stick together, but there is very little intolerance or deep divisions among students. Discrimination along lines of money or fashion is almost unheard of, and religious differences provoke conversations. True, Gonzaga is overwhelmingly comprised of semi-affluent white people. Nevertheless, the general atmosphere at the school is friendly. People have plenty of differences that go beyond ethnicity, and you will experience these differences at Gonzaga and grow accordingly.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
8%
International
2%
Native American
1%
Two or More Races
5%
White
73%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
51%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 11%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The gay and lesbian presence on campus is not a major one. There is HERO (a gay-straight alliance club), which sponsors awareness and activism events throughout the year. While incidents of discrimination are fairy minimal, there is still an ongoing debate about what the relationship between the school and openly gay groups should be. This is either reassuring or shocking, depending on your view.
Political Activity
Gonzaga students come from all areas of the political spectrum. The average student is slightly left of center, but there are also far more politically and socially conservative people here than average. While there is a good amount of discussion and debate, Gonzaga students will rarely make news or raise eyebrows for their political activism or passion.
Economic Status
Gonzaga students come from a wide variety of economic backgrounds, many aided by the school’s generous financial aid packages. Nevertheless, as with most private universities, there are many whose family pocketbooks run deep.
Most Common Religions
Most of the student body are Roman Catholic, and it shows. There are numerous extracurricular programs, retreats, and events of an explicitly religious (usually Catholic) nature. While other religions or agnosticism are also treated as normal, there's no escaping the fact that Gonzaga is, fundamentally, a Catholic school. If you find this troubling, you probably won't enjoy your time here.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a good number of minority clubs on campus, but few pull much weight in the campus scene. Apart from the HPIC (Hawaiian-Pacific Islanders Club) luau and the International Student Union dinner, minority clubs are, well, a minority.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 22% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 33 responses

  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 52% Very accepting.

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