Gonzaga University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Spokane, WA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
67 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Basketball games at the MAC
  • Fall colors
  • Strong sense of community
  • Walking along the river to downtown

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Bone-numbing wind
  • COG food and meal plan prices
  • Insultingly easy and boring classes
  • The University's frequent misrepresentations and mishandling of its Catholic identity

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Most students at Gonzaga are very happy to be here, although few would argue that Gonzaga isn't flawed. Common complaints include that it isn't strong enough academically, classes are too big, it's too Catholic or not Catholic enough, and Spokane is a lousy city for a college student. But most students admit their love for it anyway. Perhaps the primary reason for this is the tightness of the Gonzaga community, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that comes with it. One can cope with shortcomings more easily when living in a comfortable and friendly environment. Students' workload fluctuates wildly depending on field of study, but few are completely overwhelmed or obsessed with studying. Another major draw to many Gonzaga students is the school's study abroad program. Almost a quarter of Gonzaga students studies overseas, the majority attending Gonzaga's well-established Florence program.

The biggest challenge facing Gonzaga over the next few years will be the resolution of these various transition-related problems. If Gonzaga truly wants to establish itself as an elite school, growing pains still need to be resolved. It wants to be taken more seriously, but this will mean more profs, more technology, looking for new ways to accommodate students (better food, transportation, campus activities). As with just about any institution, there are plenty of reasons to get frustrated and plenty of ways in which institutional or administrative stupidity alienates those who are victims of it. The future of Gonzaga will be how it adapts after this time of change. They need to turn their attention not to expanding, but enriching.

Gonzaga Student Reviews

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and couldn't be happier!

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: We are currently under construction of a new dining facility!

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I haven't experienced much of the nightlife at Gonzaga.

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 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Gonzaga are relatively nice and it ranges from older dorms like Desmet to super, super nice dorms such as Coughlin. Gonzaga has a wide range to pick from including co-ed dorms, single gender dorms, apartment style, traditional style, and suite style dorms.


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