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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I hate the guys here. A lot of them aren't even here to have fun at parties they just want to hook up with girls. A lot are into popularity and are immature. Not my type at all.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of attractive people at Gonzaga from all walks of life. Everybody is friendly for the most part and there are little to no cliques. GU is known for its sense of community

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everybody here is very very in shape and active. It's definitely a friendly and attractive campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Split between guys and girls who like to have fun and party and between guys and girls who are serious, hard-working, and the commitment type. No matter who you are you can find someone who is like you.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most people at Gonzaga are very nice and down to Earth people. Most people come out of Gonzaga with great new relationships.

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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 30 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 30 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 37 responses

  • 21% Casual dating at your school
  • 21% Long-distance relationship
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 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

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 27% Through friends
  • 12% Class projects
  • 12% Go out to parties, the bars
  • 12% Class
  • 12% Dorm
  • 10% Basketball games
  • 8% Clubs on campus
  • 4% Pre-orientation programs

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 13 responses

  • 30% Parties
  • 22% Crosby Student Center
  • 22% Classes
  • 11% Dorm
  • 5% The COG
  • 5% I mean, where else
  • 5% The BARC

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 77% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 8% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 35% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 57% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 8% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 100% Motivated and friendly
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