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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm white but I came from an inner city high school, so it was definitely a change coming to a place so not diverse, but there are some great minority clubs and I've found the campus generally accepting.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We would joke that the only African American students attending were also on the basketball team. I had quite a few friends that were non-white, but overall the percentage is not that high for diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can see some evidence of diversity on campus, but I would definitely not consider Gonzaga to be a diverse univeristy.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Gonzaga overall is very accepting however I have noticed that the majority of people who attend are mostly white, so we could definitely work on expanding our ethnic background.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I can not speak for on campus, but Spokane seems to have a mixed tolerance on minorities.


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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
Native American
Two or More Races
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 8% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 24% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 36 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 37 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 42% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 27% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 9% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 9% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 58% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 8% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 9% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 36% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 45% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 46% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 8% It's hard to be a minority here.


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