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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Gonzaga is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,237 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Gonzaga acceptance rate is 66%. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduating 86% of students, Gonzaga alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,100.
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference

Gonzaga University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
1190-1350
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$35,612/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$21,554/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.62 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    79%
  • Online
    21%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,237Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
67
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Motivated and friendly
    80%
  • Dedicated
    8%
  • Intelligent and snobby
    6%
  • Fin
    2%
  • Nonchalant
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.63 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.108 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Community
    42%
  • Basketball
    27%
  • Go zags
    19%
  • Expensive
    8%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.41 responses
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Gonzaga University Reviews

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I’ve loved my experience at Gonzaga! All the staff and professors are incredibly kind and helpful. They all work to accomplish the humanistic Gonzaga mission statement, and I feel like I have an incredible amount of support in every direction. The school is HUGE on giving back to the community, and there are plenty of community service opportunities. Class sizes are small so you get to know your classmates and professors well. I’ve only had an issue with the housing and dining services, but a lot of people are happy with these services. I can’t wait to continue my education there.
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Great experience if you're not a transfer. As a transfer, I've had to jump through too many hoops to make it work and have been treated unfairly, because having junior status should mean I "know how things work here". The administration is also unjust in leniency towards their students in times of natural disasters. With windstorms that struck through Spokane and downed thousands of trees, students were still expected to go to class. When icy conditions that shut down all other school districts occurred, we still had class. With the COVID-19, they cut a week out of the semester, but won't issue refunds to students for that missing week (meaning the University pockets $9.5 million from the 7400+ students attending the university for just that one week).
The administration promotes the idea of treating everyone fairly through caring, but they certainly don't live up to it if you're not in the group of full 4-year students.
The honors program at Gonzaga is awesome! All of my friends are in it and we are a strong cohort of smart students who have great in class discussions. School spirit is high and the campus is beautiful. I have loved my time so far and look forward to my next two years. Also the study abroad programs are diverse and span many countries. I love being at a Jesuit college because the Jesuit ideals really drive my classes to think bigger than just one subject and inspire students to be service-oriented. If I could pick again I would pick Gonzaga.