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Gonzaga University

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Introduction

Founded in 1887, Gonzaga University got its start when the school’s founder bought 320 acres of land in Spokane, Washington for $936 in silver dollars. The school opened its doors as a college for young men who wanted to go into the priesthood and enrolled 18 male students. who received their schooling from Jesuit priests, in its first year of operation.

Today’s Gonzaga is a coeducation, private, four-year institution on a 131 acre campus on the banks of the Spokane River. The campus includes more than 105 buildings and continues to grow rapidly with new construction of a number of facilities. Enrollment is over 7,500 students, with the majority of those undergraduates.

The University’s educational philosophy is based on the Ignatian Jesuit model of educating the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Academics

There are eight colleges and schools, including seven for undergraduate students and the School of Law for graduate students. In addition to the School of Law, students can enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences, the English Language Center, Peace Corps Master’s International School, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

Students can pursue a bachelor of arts honors degree or a bachelor of science honors degree (if they qualify to enroll in the university’s Honors Program), which feature a rigorous core curriculum. The honors degree is available in all majors that offer the B.A. and B.S. Students can also graduate with a general bachelor of arts degree, some with a teaching option.

Majors include art, biology, Catholic studies, chemistry and biochemistry, classical civilizations, communications arts, criminal justice, economics, English, environmental studies, history, international studies, mathematics, modern languages, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, women’s and gender studies, and more.

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a four-year undergraduate concentration that prepares high-achieving students to create new business ventures that make a positive difference in society. The program’s unique components include a four-year immersion in entrepreneurship, and student career interests can be in any field or industry. Students receive an Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentration along with their major, and tuition is waived for more than 18 credits per semester.

Online education is also offered for students who want to take care of other responsibilities while continuing with their education. Students have the freedom to interact fully with classmates and professors, and have full 24/7 access to technical support.

The college also offers online master’s degrees in organizational leadership, communication and leadership studies, and science in nursing. Also offered is a Servant Leadership Development Program that is a certificate program with a focus on mind, body and spirit.

A wide variety of study abroad opportunities are available to its students, who also can earn credit and receive financial aid while participating. Year-long and semester programs include Gonzaga-in-Florence, which offers business, engineering and humanities courses; Australia, where students attend Erasmus University in Queensland; a semester political science program in the Netherlands; a semester at the University of Notre Dame in France; and an honors semester at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Students can also study business for a year or semester at the Beijing Center in China, study sustainable development at Universitat Ramon Llull in Costa Rica, study business at English Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and take classes in humanities and business in Japan.

Summer study abroad programs are offered in Australia, Turks and Caicos, England, Italy, Zambia and other countries.

GU was named one of 120 “Best in the West” colleges by Princeton Review on its 2010 Best Colleges website. The school also ranked as 12th best in the country for students who “play intramural sports,” and 13th for students who “pack the stadium.”

Well-known students who graduated from the school include former Speaker of the House Tim Foley and singer Bing Crosby.

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Admissions

Gonzaga expects its applicants to have completed a minimum of four years of high school English, three to four years of math, three years of history or social studies, two to three years of the same foreign language, and three to four years of natural or physical laboratory science. Guidelines for admissions include a grade point average of at least a 3.1, a minimum SAT combined score of 1070, or an ACT composite score of at least 23.

Other factors considered in student applications include curriculum and school attended, grade trends, college essay, high school activities and honors, and student character.

With the school’s Running Start program, high school students who have taken college courses can seek credit transfers on a course-by-course basis, and will consider awarding credit for individual AP subject exams taken by incoming freshmen. The university also grants college credit for scores of five or better on higher level International Baccalaureate exams.

If you’d like to visit and have already been accepted, you can try Gonzaga Experience Live, also called “GEL Weekend,” an annual preview event for high school seniors. The weekend offers prospective students the opportunity to experience Gonzaga’s academic programs and campus climate. Participating students spend a night in residence halls with student hosts. There is also a parent program.

You can also schedule a personalized visit to the university, which needs to be reserved in advance.

Preview days allow prospective students to spend 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on campus, getting to know the admissions staff, current students, and faculty members. There are seven to eight preview days offered each year and are available in the fall, winter and spring. Preview days include a breakfast with speakers, an interactive student panel discussion, a financial aid session for parents and family members, a campus tour with school ambassadors, a catered lunch, and an academic information session in the student’s area of academic interest.

Financial Aid

All students who apply for admission are considered automatically for several merit scholarships. For freshman who qualify, scholarships range from $2,500 to $14,000 per year and are guaranteed for all four years for students who maintain good academic standing. Criteria for the merit scholarships include high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, recommendations, application essay, and difficulty of high school curriculum.

National Merit Finalists who name Gonzaga as their first choice college can qualify for the university’s National Merit Award, which is $6,250 per year for all four years. In addition, students who participate in Girls State or Boys State can qualify for the organization’s scholarships of $500. Four students are chosen from the states of Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

12 of its own institutional scholarships are offered, including the Joseph M. Cataldo S.J. Scholarships of $5,000, the Charlotte Y. Martin Scholarships of $5,000, and the Ignation Leaders Scholarships of $5,000.

The university’s on-campus work-study program is available to all eligible freshmen and non-Washington State residents in a variety of campus departments. The award is based on financial need as determined by the student’s federal Free Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA)form.

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Students

GU’s undergraduate students live in 23 different residence halls, including suite-style halls, apartments, and traditional style halls with community hallway bathrooms. Suite-style halls offer two- or three-bedroom double units with a shared bathroom. They are coeducational by suite, and include Chardin House, Cushing House, Dillon Hall, Dooley Hall, Goller Hall, and Twohy Hall.

Traditional residence halls, most popular with the university’s freshmen, feature double rooms with a central corridor and a bathroom that serves each floor. They include Alliance House, Lincoln House and Welch Hall, all for female students; Campion House, Desmet Hall, and Roncalli House, all for male students; and the coed dorms Catherine/Monica Hall, Coughlin Hall, Crimont Hall, Madonna Hall, and River Inn Hall.

Juniors and seniors get the opportunity to live in apartment communities that feature a living room, bathroom, kitchens and either two double bedrooms or three double bedrooms. All of the apartment residence halls offer furnishings, campus Internet network access, cable TV and phone service. Some also feature community spaces and laundry facilities.

A number of themed interest communities also exist in the residence halls on campus. For example, Community and Leadership, Mind, Body and Spirit, and Global Engagement communities live in Coughlin Hall, an engineering community lives in Goller Hall, and an Outdoor Adventure and Leadership community lives in Marian Hall.

Students get a myriad of dining choices, although most restaurants and eateries on the campus are run by the same company, Sodexo. The main dining hall on campus is The Marketplace, which offers a variety of all-you-can-eat options including made-to-order deli sandwiches, a salad bar, The Grill, desserts, an international foods station and the Pizza-rette. Entrees for vegetarians and vegans are available daily.

At different locations around the campus, students can also dine at a variety of small restaurants, including Spike’s, a 24-hour restaurant that offers diner fare and is named after the Gonzaga mascot. There’s also Freshens Smoothie Company, Sub Connection, Jazzman’s Café coffee house at Cataldo Hall, Panda Express Chinese restaurant, Duff’s Bistro at the Kennedy apartments, Tilford Cafe espresso bar, and Barney’s Cafe, which offers to-go meals. There’s also pizza delivery right on campus for those long nights of studying.

There are plenty of concession stands at the athletic facilities as well.

Student Organizations

More than 95 student clubs and organizations exist on campus, supported by the Office of Student Activities. Organizations range from the Bulldog Investment Group for students who like to learn about investing, to the Bomb Squad, a hip hop dance troupe, to the Ski and Snowboard Club. There’s a film club, a cycling club, a Chinese club, a paintball club and a pep band.

For diverse cultures, the university has added the Unity Multicultural Education Center, where the staff holds events, presentations and activities that educate the campus about diversity both on the campus and in the world.

The Center for Community Action and Service-Learning coordinates service-learning courses and manages volunteer and outreach programs. The Center’s programs provide students an opportunity to serve local and global communities, develop leadership skills, and engage in the Jesuit practice of reflection to grow from the experiences.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The GU Bulldogs, also known by the alternative nickname of the Zags, compete in NCAA Division 1 and the West Coast Conference. Varsity teams include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and volleyball. There is no football program, which was eliminated in 1941.

The Princeton Review has recognized the school for the popularity of its intramural sports program. Over 20 intramural sports are offered including basketball, soccer, flag football, softball and volleyball; over 70 percent of students participate in intramurals.

Athletic Facilities

The basketball program’s McCarthey Athletic Center, a 6,000-seat stadium, was completed for $25 million in November 2004. Volleyball games take place at the Charlotte Y. Martin Centre, which seats 2,000, and the new Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field is a state-of-the-art lighted facility.

For rowing athletes, the Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Facility provides state-of-the-art practice facilities and the Charlotte Y. Martin Boathouse on the Spokane River can be privately accessed by the team. The team has 6,800 meters of undisturbed water on the river for practice, in an area where there is no other water traffic.

The school boasts an indoor golf and tennis facility, which includes a golf practice area and six tennis courts. It also features men’s and women’s locker rooms. Mulligan Field is the home of the school’s intramural sports, club sports (rugby, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee and soccer), outdoor physical education classes and general recreation.

Athletically conscious students can work out at the Kermit Rudolf Fitness Center, located at the Martin Centre. The facility has basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts, strength and cardiovascular equipment, fitness studios, a six-lane swimming pool, and an indoor running track.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.08
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26 0.33
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 13 0.17
Arrest 3 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 732 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 84 0.04
Robbery 484 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,030 1.43
Larceny 10,231 4.82
Vehicle theft 1,778 0.84

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District5305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 302nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $34,570 $34,570 $34,570
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $492 $492 $492
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $965 $965 $965
FT Graduate Tuition $15,261 $15,261 $15,261
FT Graduate Required Fees $212 $212 $212
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $870 $870 $870
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,530 $48,530 $48,530
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,055 $49,055 $49,055
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $42,394 $42,394 $42,394

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $36,360 $36,360
Law Degree — Required Fees $314 $314

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $32,222 $33,652 $32,222 $33,652 $32,222 $33,652
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,030
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,540 $8,730
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,087 $3,203
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,236 $9,748
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,087 $3,203
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,886 $6,111

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,991 (3,162 male / 3,829 female)
Admitted 4,650 (2,018 male / 2,632 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 1,096 (462 male / 634 female)
FT Enrollment 1,095 (462 male / 633 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment7,605

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference West Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

205th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 53%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 29

SAT Test Admission

220th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 80%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1090 / 1290

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,016
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,800
Board Fee$4,320

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 183 52 115 71 21 1,378 205 2,061
Accounting 9 3 2 2 80 4 102
Art/Art Studies, General 4 1 6
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Biochemistry 1 1 2 1 14 2 21
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 7 4 2 69 11 96
Broadcast Journalism 1 1 1 1 14 1 19
Business Administration and Management, General 17 3 21 10 2 212 27 294
Chemistry, General 1 8 10
Civil Engineering, General 1 4 4 1 33 7 51
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 2 4
Computer Science 1 1 2 8 1 13
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 17 1 1 1 2 38 3 64
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 3 7 2 25 4 43
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 3 4
Economics, General 2 1 25 3 31
Education, General 2 1 3 18 2 28
Education, Other 1 2 2 13 3 22
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 90 1 91
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 2 2 14 4 23
Engineering, General 1 6 1 8
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 3 1 31 6 45
Environmental Studies 2 1 10 2 16
European Studies/Civilization 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1 3 5
Health Occupations Teacher Education 1 5 2 8
History, General 1 30 4 36
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 14 27 24 6 4 234 32 347
Industrial Engineering 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 2 1 2 23 3 31
Italian Language and Literature
Journalism 1 1 9 1 12
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 2 12 1 17
Latin American Studies 2 2 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 3 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science 3 3
Mathematics, General 2 17 4 24
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 5 4 2 36 5 54
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General 7 7
Philosophy 1 1 1 22 25
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 2 2 22 1 29
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 3 1 5 2 1 31 6 52
Psychology, General 1 1 7 4 2 74 12 103
Public Relations/Image Management 1 1 1 45 9 57
Radio and Television
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 4 2 1 118 31 162
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 4 1 7
Rhetoric and Composition
Sociology 1 3 1 16 5 26
Spanish Language and Literature 4 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 18 1 22
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 8 10
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 8 3 6 1 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 785th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,976 ($84,915 male / $69,068 female)
Number of FT Faculty 417 (239 male / 178 female)
Number of PT Faculty 719
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $13,072,000
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