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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is cheap and conveniently located. The houses are not exactly high quality, but that really should not matter to someone who just wants a place to eat, sleep, do homework, and get drunk.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For someone who rarely goes off campus to eat, the selection, variety, cost, and convenience all please me. McDonalds, Zips, Ricon Tapatio, and several classier establishments all are within walking distance from campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is a pain in the ass, but the lower levels usually remain pretty lenient. The RAs rarely write people up, and the Campus Police only intervene when they have to. Overall, people are pretty lenient on campus, if you are smart, you won't get in trouble.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The college is really expensive. Unfortunately, I, like many others, find myself in the tough situation of being too rich to receive significant financial aid, yet too poor to afford college. Also, it is really hard to find a job on campus as an underclassmen who does not qualify for Federal Work Study.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I honestly love staying in the dorms and just hanging out with my friends. Kick backs at people's houses, who you know, usually are pretty fun. There are some parties off campus, but they usually fill up pretty quickly and some get pretty exclusive, but as someone who would much rather hang with the bros, I usually have a great time on weekends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The BARC has pretty decent selections. The only complaint I have is that sometimes it is hard to eat with a special diet i.e. gluten free but if you ask them, they can prepare things a certain way to allow for you to eat.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in an all guys dorm, the housing environment could not be better! Your peers, including the RA, genuinely care about your well being and experience. The rule enforcement, especially of late, has been fairly inconsistent and sometimes unreasonable. But overall the housing experience is positive and enjoyable.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The immediate surrounding area of GU is terrible

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not much offered to students off campus that is walkable from campus. Also, student discounts are nonexistent here, which they should be!

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Must have an excellent resume from high school including extra activities, jobs, and grades.

5 College Junior

Academics: I have changed majors a lot from being the most vigorous to manageable. I have absolutely loved all of my professors, they are all genuinely interested in your success! The aspect that we have a small school and therefore smaller class sizes really helps encouraging forming personal and professional relationships with those professors that are a good match for students.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: There aren't too many parties on the weekends and if they are, they are very limited in people, etc.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus I feel incredibly safe. However, the minute I'm outside of campus I get somewhat scared.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Spokane has a boat load of food. Most of the fast food chains require a car to get to, but there is no shortage of options once you get in that car.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors make you want to learn. It is very easy to find them if you have a question or concern. The atmosphere at this school is one of success, which inspires you to work hard and take academics seriously.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Gonzaga offers incredible scholarships. They help you out as much as they can.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Spokane grows on you. There is always something to do if you look hard enough. Downtown is only a mile walk away from campus.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: For the most part, the people on campus are kind and aware of their actions. People care for others in this community.

4 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy my major very much. It began only ten years ago, so it is growing. But the Human Physiology department is on the rise and it is very exciting. The professors are passionate about what they teach and they offer great research opportunities.

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3 College Senior

Administration: We are a Jesuit institution, so our rules will reflect that.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball dominates Gonzaga's campus, but in a great way. We love our basketball here, and it brings the community together for a common cause. It creates an amazing sense of community on the campus. In the fall, soccer is fun to watch and in the spring, baseball is very fun.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Lots of bars close to campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you find the right house and people, it's great

3 College Junior

Majors: More options would be nice

4 College Freshman

Administration: The school treats us like we are adults which is very nice. The RAs are probably the only people that don't, however. Depending on who your RA is, you could have a very different experience.

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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.

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