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Spokane, WA
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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone dresses the same but people are generally nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Not the greatest, but also consider much of the year people are covered up. If someone goes to a sunny climate, they can expect to see more hotness.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In the winter, it doesn't exactly matter how you look since your main goal will be just to stay warm.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Gonzaga is very chill. Its kind of a joke at school that the typical girl wears lululemon yoga pants, a north face jacket, and uggs. If you are looking for a school where everyone dresses very nice everyday, you're looking at the wrong school. Everyone at GU is super chill, especially when it gets cold out. Not to say people dress sloppy. In the spring and fall people are "put together," but they don't try too hard. Its very refreshing.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: As could be expected of any school, there is a wide variety of guys and girls on campus. There is definitely a good selection, though!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 178th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 217th
    Hottest Girls
  • 244th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 255th
    Most Religious Guys
  • 302nd
    Most Religious Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Because of the climate and the Catholically-tinged atmosphere at the school, Gonzaga is not a major meat market. The first few weeks of school give freshman girls the chance to vie for the "shortest skirt" title, and buff guys like wandering shirtless when they get the chance. But Mother Nature puts a quick stop to such strutting—there is no beach anywhere nearby. Fashion plays a minimal role at Gonzaga; snobbishness and competition between or among the sexes are not particularly virulent. It’s far too relaxed a school to be into social discrimination. Girls outnumber guys, and they seem to feel more pressure to find a relationship before they graduate.

Freshman year is probably the time when the most students go crazy or behave promiscuously. Students are prohibited from being in the rooms of the opposite sex after 2 a.m., but this is a fairly insignificant obstacle. Freshmen are taken by the novelty of partying and skipping out on homework. However, the majority learns fairly quickly to prioritize studying over partying and relationships over hookups. The University tries to discourage promiscuity and does not offer contraception.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
It's a Catholic school.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Parties
  2. The COG
  3. Crosby Student Center
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Off-campus parties
  2. Catherine/Monica Hall
  3. The slopes at Lake Arthur
  4. Foley Library Rare Books Room
Social Scene
The social scene begins with the dorms freshman year. Mostly everyone finds friends in their immediate vicinity. Gonzaga students are generally outgoing, especially because there are very few well-defined cliques or niches. Groups that are recognized as cliquish (such as the Setons, the honors program, the theater crowd) are generally looked down on by the majority of students. Nevertheless, groups do form quickly, particularly within dorms. Because most students live on or right next to campus, interaction levels are high, and the school feels small and friendly. Intramural sports are popular, as are house parties.
Hookups or Relationships?
A large number of Gonzaga students become involved in serious relationships with other Gonzaga students, but there are still plenty of people looking to hook up at parties or bars. Still, it often seems like students graduating without a serious attachment are an exception rather than a rule.
Dress Code
When the Spokane winter rears its ugly head, necessity takes precedence over fashion, and the parkas, ski jackets, and things made of wool come out in full force. But left to their own devices, Gonzaga students are only a moderately preppy bunch given to wearing Gap, not Dolce & Gabbana. Jeans and school sweatshirts are the garments most often on display, although September and April reveal plenty of spaghetti straps and board shorts on girls, and boys trying to perpetuate the myth that they're actually in Southern California.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 34 responses

  • 20% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% None
  • 15% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 6% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 3% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 58% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 39% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 44% Through friends
  • 33% Class projects
  • 22% Go out to parties, the bars

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Motivated and friendly
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