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Founded in 1887, Gonzaga is an independent, comprehensive university with a distinguished background in the Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic tradition. Gonzaga emphasizes the moral and ethical implications of learning, living, and working in today's global society. As a testament to this educational approach, Gonzaga's first-to-second-year retention rate tops 90 percent. Through the University Core Curriculum, each student develops a strong liberal arts foundation, which many alumni cite as a most valuable asset. In addition, students specialize in any of more than seventy-five academic areas of study.
Gonzaga's 110-acre campus is characterized by sprawling green lawns and majestic evergreen trees. Towering above the campus are the stately spires of St. Aloysius Church, the well-recognized landmark featured in the University logo.
Gonzaga enrolls approximately 6,000 students, of whom about 4,100 are undergraduates. About 49 percent of the students come from Washington State, with forty-three other states and twenty-one other countries also represented. In addition to its undergraduate colleges and schools, Gonzaga University offers more than twenty master's programs, a doctoral program in leadership studies, and a School of Law.
Location and Community
Located along the banks of the Spokane River in a quiet, turn-of-the-century neighborhood, Gonzaga University is just a 15-minute walk from downtown Spokane, a city with a metropolitan area population of 430,000. Spokane's beautiful 100-acre Riverfront Park, in the heart of downtown, lies near the Spokane Arena, Opera House, and Convention Center. Fine restaurants, a twenty-screen AMC movie theater, and an assortment of shops and department stores, many of which can be reached through a convenient, weatherproof skywalk system, are also in the city's core. For mall shoppers, the Northtown Mall is a 10-minute drive from the campus. Easily accessible outdoor recreation activities, such as skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing, add excitement for the avid outdoorsperson.
Gonzaga University believes that all students, regardless of their chosen major or profession, benefit from attaining an education that goes beyond specialization. Therefore, all students receive a strong liberal arts background as well as depth in their majors. The Core Curriculum is a very important component of the minimum 128 semester units a student must earn for graduation.
The Honors Program challenges exceptional students with an integrated curriculum compatible with any major and most double majors. Motivated and imaginative students in all majors create new ventures and seek to make a difference in the world through the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. The Comprehensive Leadership Program, also open to students from all majors, allows students to fine tune their leadership skills and knowledge while completing an academic leadership concentration. All three programs require separate applications. Gonzaga University Summer Term (GUST) offers motivated high school students intensive course work in a variety of academic disciplines. Academic and cocurricular activities are included in the six-week session. Credits earned through the Washington State Running Start Program or International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program are accepted on a class-by-class basis. College credit is given for certain test scores in most Advanced Placement (AP) subjects. The academic year follows a two-semester system, beginning in early September. Two summer sessions are also available.
The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 23, allowing close, mentoring relationships to develop. All classes at Gonzaga are taught by faculty members, and faculty members also serve as academic advisers. Eight percent of the faculty members are Jesuits, and 83 percent of the 304 full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields.
Gonzaga University offers qualified students the opportunity to study abroad through programs in Australia, British West Indies, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. As the largest and most popular program, Gonzaga-in-Florence allows approximately 100 students the opportunity to live in Italy for a year or a summer and to travel to many other countries and continents.
Gonzaga's undergraduate school awards the B.A., B.B.A., B.E., B.Ed., B.G.S., B.S., B.S.C.E., B.S.Cp.E., B.S.G.E., B.S.E.E., B.S.M.E., and B.S.N. degrees. Majors offered in the College of Arts and Sciences are applied communication studies, art, biochemistry, biology, broadcast and electronic media studies, chemistry, classical civilization, computer science, criminal justice, economics, English, French, history, integrated studies, international studies (including international relations and Asian, European, and Latin American studies), Italian studies, journalism, literary studies, mathematics, mathematics/computer science, music (including composition, literature, liturgical, performance, and education), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public relations, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, and theater arts. The School of Business Administration, accredited by AACSB InternationalThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting or a major in business administration with concentrations in economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, individualized study, international business, law and public policy, management information systems, marketing, and operations and supply-chain management. As well as granting teacher certification on both the elementary and secondary levels, the School of Education offers degrees in physical education, special education, and sport management. The School of Engineering has degree programs in civil, computer, electrical, general, and mechanical engineering. The general engineering program includes numerous business courses and allows attainment of the M.B.A. in five years of study. The civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (EAC/ABET). The School of Professional Studies offers degrees in exercise science, general studies, and nursing.
Facilities and Resources
Gonzaga's “library of the future,” the Ralph E. and Helen Higgins Foley Center, is a $20-million window to worldwide information resources. The library features more than 300 specialized databases, satellite capabilities, an advanced computer-controlled video editing system, a rare book room, computerized retrieval services, a wireless Internet connection, and beautiful views.
Foley Center holdings include 782,000 volumes and microform titles, with two special collections of materials especially rich in the areas of philosophy and classical civilization. The Foley Center also has the nation’s most extensive collection of works by the famous Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The School of Law maintains its own library of 130,000 volumes. The historic Administration Building houses Russell Theatre, the Computer Center, a 24-hour computer lab, the University Chapel, and the main administrative offices and classrooms. A student-operated FM radio station, a state-of-the-art television broadcasting studio, and the offices of the Bulletin, a weekly student-published newspaper, reside in the newly renovated Communications Building.
Campus computing services include more than 250 PC and Macintosh computers and Sun Workstations dispersed throughout a dozen computer labs. An HP9000/K100 minicomputer provides central academic services and student electronic mail. Students have sculpted T-3 cable access to the Internet, library, and central academic services from their dorm rooms and other University facilities. The Herak Center for Engineering houses a CAD/CAE center, general-purpose computer facilities, electronics and mechanical calibration rooms, and laboratories for physics, electronics, digital electronics/circuits, microprocessors, communications/controls, computer analysis, automation and embedded systems, power, mechanical design, mechanical engineering, materials testing, manufacturing engineering, rapid prototyping, water/wastewater, geotechnical engineering, and hydrology/hydraulics. The center also contains a large Fabrication Facility and extensive areas for the design and construction of student projects.
The addition to the Hughes Hall Life Sciences Building adds lab and classroom space for a program especially rich in environmental biology opportunities. The Martin Athletic Center's 2003 facelift included a 13,000-square-foot fitness center, and 2004 marked the opening of the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Area for basketball and concerts. A 23,000-square-foot addition to the Jepson Center for Business Administration houses additional classrooms, computer labs, the Ethics Institute, the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, and a student lounge and café.
Because personal growth is as important as intellectual development, Gonzaga places great emphasis on student life outside of class. Ranging in population size from 35 to 361 students and offering both coed and single-sex living, Gonzaga's seventeen residence halls and seven apartment complexes offer an intimate atmosphere and a lively campus experience. Each hall has one or more Residence Assistants and a chaplain or a resident Jesuit. While freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, 40 percent of the total undergraduate student body also resides in Gonzaga's halls and apartments. Campus-based activities ranging from residence hall government to current affairs symposiums to intramural sports keep students informed and entertained. Students in all academic majors integrate with the Spokane community through a variety of activities, such as volunteer opportunities and internships at numerous businesses and agencies. Gonzaga provides both career and counseling centers.
The Gonzaga Student Body Association provides the means for students to participate in making decisions about student life at Gonzaga. The 5-member Executive Council, an elected board of students that administers and initiates programs, also serves as a liaison between the administration and the students. The Student Senate, a legislative body consisting of 24 senators, is responsible for sounding out the needs of the student body and directing this information to the Executive Council. Students also serve on the Board of Regents, search committees, the budget committee, and many other University committees.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Gonzaga offers athletic competition for all students at the intramural and club levels. Intramural sports provide students with an avenue to participate in a fun environment that encourages safe, healthy activity and participation. Intramural sports at Gonzaga include flag football, wallyball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee. Gonzaga competes in 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports and is a member of the West Coast Conference. Men's sports at Gonzaga include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer and tennis. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Athletics and Gonzaga University have a long and successful history together. The blend of Gonzaga spirit, hard work and dedication in athletic endeavors yields success both on the field of play and in the classroom.
Tuition for the academic year is $27,140. Average room and board costs are $7,930 for the year.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Gonzaga University offers many different types of financial aid to qualified students, including scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, work-study jobs, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Student Loans, and on- and off-campus employment. In order to apply for financial aid awards, a student must first be accepted by the University and must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. After this date, awards are made on a funds-available basis. Approximately 95 percent of the students at Gonzaga receive financial assistance.
Admission Requirements / Application
Gonzaga expects freshman applicants to have taken a challenging college-preparatory curriculum and to submit strong test scores on the ACT or SAT I. Transfer students who have earned 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits do not need to submit a high school transcript or test scores. The admission process is selective, and applicants are considered through a pooling process. The Admissions Committee seeks motivated, well-rounded students and considers the rigor of academic study in high school, in addition to grades and test scores, as well as personal characteristics, awards and activities, and an essay.
Gonzaga University's nonbinding Early Action deadline for admission applications is November 15. Students who meet this deadline with a complete application are notified of an admission decision by January 15. The final deadline for freshmen to apply for admission under Regular Decision is February 1. Regular Decision applicants receive an admission decision by the middle of March. Transfer students are admitted on a rolling admission basis. Transfer students seeking financial aid are encouraged to apply for admission by March 1. Otherwise, to ensure a smooth transition to Gonzaga, transfer students should apply by July 1. After July 1, the University accepts transfer applicants only if space is available. Students may also apply by using the Common Application, APPLY!, CollegeLink, and the Catholic College Common Application. For priority financial aid, all students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA by February 1.
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