The following pattern of course work is recommended for admission to Gonzaga:
- 4 years of English
- 3-4 years of mathematics (including algebra I, geometry, algebra II/ trigonometry)
- 3 years of history or social studies
- 2-3 years of the same foreign language; world language preferred, American Sign Language accepted
- 3-4 years of natural or physical laboratory science
The course curriculum is the most important factor in determining admissibility and merit awards. Students are encouraged to complete the most rigorous curriculum they can manage, including AP, IB, and honors courses (if offered by high school).
As an applicant for regular admission, you are expected to have graduated from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum while showing evidence of ability to complete the University's requirements for graduation.
Gonzaga's Office of Admission reviews each application thoroughly, and while minimum GPA/test scores are not published, guidelines are given: If a student has an unweighted GPA at or below 3.1, an SAT combined score for Critical Reading and Math at or below 1070, or an ACT composite score at or below 23, an interview is highly encouraged. Interviews may be done in person as part of a campus visit, on the phone, or via video chat with an Admission Counselor.
The office of admission carefully considers the following items as part of the application to Gonzaga University:
- Curriculum and School
- Grade Point Average and Grade Trends
- SAT or ACT scores
- College Essay
- Activities and Honors
SAT and ACT Policy
Gonzaga University would like students to provide all results from every administration of the SAT and/or ACT taken. Gonzaga will use the best scores for the students from separate exams. The University also uses the scores as a way to communicate early about specific programs of interest, scholarship opportunities and to give admission guidance.
We will accept all sections of the new SAT as it is provided, but will not universally use the new Written portion until further studies are done which examine the success of under-represented college-bound groups. However, our office will utilize the Written score in admission cases where more information specific to writing ability would be helpful in decision making.
We will not require the Written Section of the ACT until further testing is done.In 2012, the incoming freshman class had average ACT composite scores of 27 and SAT (CR + M) scores of 1202.
Home-schooled students represent a unique and important population in Gonzaga University's applicant pool. Students and families choose home schooling for a variety of reasons and implement a variety of instructional methods. Therefore, an application from a home-schooled student receives highly individualized attention.
Interested applicants must provide the following materials:
- The Common Application
- The Common Application Home School Supplement (including a transcript of academic work therein)
- The Gonzaga Common Application Supplement
- Any transcript(s) of academic work not represented on the Home School Supplement
- Test scores: ACT and/or SAT
- A one to two-page essay (topics provided in the Common Application)
- A list of activities and honors (detailed resume will suffice)
- One letter of recommendation, by someone other than a parent, addressing academic accomplishments
- The Common Application School Report, which can be filled out by a parent/guardian
The Admission Committee will consider all submitted materials and encourages applicants to arrange an admission interview, if possible. Please contact the Office of Admission with questions.