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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gonzaga is such a beautiful campus. There are many different places you can study both outside and inside including the library, the student center, lawns, and outdoor tables.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Beautiful athletic center and library. Green spaces are great when the sun is out to play frisbee or volleyball. It comes alive when the weather is nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The community. You can feel comfortable here where everyone is willing to make new friends and most are outgoing.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The student life at Gonzaga is the best! Everyone on campus is very friendly and welcoming and the ways in which everyone unites together for school spirit and support is great!

5 College Junior

Facilities: Gonzaga is unique in that the sense of community that surrounds campus. The facilities have history and have been preserved for a long time, yet others are new and state of the art. Professors take the time to help you and know you by name. Everyone is very social, but yet if you don't like to party or drink, it really doesn't matter.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 152nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 432nd
    Best Library
  • 897th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 961st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1219th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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In recent years, Gonzaga's facilities have improved immensely, benefitting from the tidal wave of money that has engulfed the University. Since the majority of it has come from the glory on the basketball court, it is not surprising that athletic-related facilities are the newest, shiniest, and most high-tech. The Rudolf Fitness Center is stellar, sporting a plethora of new machines in a clean, warmly-lit environment. Likewise, the McCarthey Athletic Center is state-of-the-art and beautiful. For those desiring mental workouts, the Foley Center Library provides a pleasant studying environment with desks, couches, and panoramic tinted windows.

The Crosby Student Center is the focal point of campus life during the day. Students congregate between classes to check mail, get coffee, attempt to study, or merely walk through and scan for friends. Most glaringly insufficient is Russell Theatre, a cramped and ugly approximation of a theater. Gonzaga has claimed that a performing arts hall is in the works, but there is still no sign of progress. Functionality still rules the day at Gonzaga—it has the essentials. It doesn't have luxuries such as an on-campus movie theater, concert venue, or full-blown coffeeshop. But once you get used to the idea that concerts are in Crosby, movies are shown in lecture rooms, and any number of spots can be a coffeeshop, it's not so bad.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
131 acres
Student Centers
Crosby Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Chastek Law Library
  • Foley Center Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The COG
  • Crosby Student Center
  • Pandini’s
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Crosby Café in the Crosby Student Center
  • Jazzman's Café in Cataldo
  • Jazzman's Café in the Foley Center Library
  • Thomas Hammer Coffee Shop in Jepson Center
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
In 2011, Gonzaga won the Outstanding Recyclers Award from the Washington State Recycling Association. The University has reduced 25 percent of its garbage through recycling, composting, and other actions.
School Slang
  • The Ad: The Administration Building, used for arts and sciences classes and offices
  • Ad Circle: This turn-about area in front of the main entrance to Gonzaga is technically named the "Johnston Mall."
  • Aluminum Jesus: A rather boxy statue of Christ situated between Welch and DeSmet
  • C/M: Catherine/Monica, the largest freshman dorm
  • Cam-Po: Campus Security
  • CCASL: Pronounced "castle," the Center for Community Action and Service Learning
  • COG: Circulus Omnium Gonzaga-orum (central meeting place of Gonzaga), which is the main campus dining hall
  • Coggin' It: Eating or just wasting time at the COG
  • Doobie: A popular student name for Dooley Hall, based on speculation of amount of marijuana smoked there
  • Fat Wagon: The dessert stand in the COG
  • Flowing Meadows: The manmade stream and waterfall beside McCarthey Athletic Center
  • Hot Dog Stand: A student-owned syndicate that sells hot dogs and nachos outside of Jack & Dan's on the weekends
  • Ice Palace: Crimont Hall, a traditionally girls' dorm with a frosty reputation
  • J 'n' D's: Jack & Dan's, a popular bar next to campus
  • The Kennel: The gym in the Martin Centre, home of Gonzaga basketball until 2004
  • Lower Crosby: The basement of the Crosby Student Center, where the mail room is located
  • The MAC: McCarthey Athletic Center (not the Museum of Arts & Culture-that's downtown)
  • The Penthouse: The fourth floor of DeSmet
  • Quad: The grassy area between the Administration Building and Herak
  • The Ronc: Roncalli Hall, an all-male dorm on the east side of campus
  • StalkerWeb: ZagWeb, an online database where students can look up the pictures and contact information of others
  • Walk of Shame: The path between DeSmet and Welch, typically walked in shame early in the morning
  • The Wall: A three-foot wall between Crosby Student Center and the Administration Building, painted in sections by students to advertise on-campus events
  • Boat Cruise: Gonzaga rents a cruise boat on nearby Lake Coeur d'Alene on two nights during the year: once for the freshman class after the conclusion of Freshman Orientation, once during Senior Week for the departing senior class. For the freshmen, it is an opportunity to mingle with new friends—for the seniors, it is an opportunity to say goodbye to friends they might have met in exactly the same place.
  • Charity Ball: Generally, the second Saturday in November, the Charity Ball is the preeminent formal dance of the year for GU students. It's a time to break out the old prom-wear and take that special someone to that really expensive restaurant. The proceeds from the ball go to a local charitable organization.
  • Christmas Candlelight Concert: Every December, the Gonzaga University choir performs at St. Aloysius Church for the annual Christmas Candlelight Concert. In spite of the name, the music is generally far more varied than just Christmas pieces (it is the culminating performance of the year for the GU choir). There are candles in abundance, and students and locals pack the church both Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Frisbee Golf: Frisbee Golf, or "Disc Golf" as purists will call it, is a popular pastime on the less windy days at Gonzaga. The traditional course utilizes the friendly Bing Crosby statue in front of the Crosby Student Center as both the 1st and the 18th hole.
  • The Grind: The Grind is an annual dance hosted by the Knights, and the name more or less says it all. The Spokane Room of the COG is pimped out for the occasion, and it gives Gonzaga students (mainly freshmen) the chance to "throw their arms in the air and wave them like they just don't care." That, and get up close and personal with 500 sweaty classmates. Occasionally, the fire department shuts it down when the bodies-to-available-space proportion gets out of hand.
  • Madonna Stock: Madonna Stock is a day-long student music festival held at the end of April every year. Any student can send in a demo tape to organizers, and the best bands get an hour of stage time (starting at noon and running until midnight). Originally christened "Madonna Stock" because of its proximity to Madonna Hall, in recent years it has been moved to Foley Lawn and then the quad. However, the Madonna RAs still organize it. The stage and lighting gets bigger and better every year.
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit: Gonzaga ushers in the academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, usually celebrated on the third Wednesday in September. Seniors and professors sport full academic attire (gowns and all), and the University community gathers to pray for the upcoming year. This is the oldest tradition at Gonzaga, as Gonzaga College began its inaugural academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit in 1887.
  • Sledding into Lake Arthur: There are very few hills on campus, so when the first snowfall of the year sticks, students have only one place to turn: the slopes heading into Lake Arthur. Using sledding devices of all kinds (mattresses are a popular choice), enterprising Gonzaga students must decide whether to attempt a roll-off at the bottom of the hill, hope that the ice on Lake Arthur holds, or resignedly join the duck excrement in the shallow frigid water.
Urban Legends
  • A priest hung himself in the Music Mansion, and an exorcism was performed on the house subsequently.
  • Bing Crosby threw a piano from the roof of DeSmet.
  • Bozarth Mansion (a University-owned property) is haunted by murdered servants and has multiple passageways.
  • Led Zeppelin played at the COG.
  • The Wall used to be a thin fence, but years of painting have made it six inches thick.
Favorite Things To Do
Crosby is the epicenter of student activities, hosting weekly events, a coffeehouse, concerts, open mic nights, and basketball viewing parties. It is also the best place on campus to grab a latte and mingle with classmates. While plays at Gonzaga are rarities, the improv theater group GUTS packs the house for their weekend performances. Intramural sports are also extremely popular. The Rudolf Fitness Center gives students the ability to swim, work out, shoot hoops, or play racquetball. The Jundt Art Museum often has decent exhibits of student art, professional collections, and famous original prints. Theater, music, and movies on campus are much more sporadic.
Student Newspaper
The Gonzaga Bulletin
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
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 the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 15% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 55% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 22% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Music Mansion being a creepy haunted house.



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