The following pattern of coursework 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 first 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 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. While minimum GPA/test scores are not published, please consider the following guidelines.
An admission interview is highly encouraged if a student has:
- 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
- An ACT composite score at or below 23
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 combine students' best individual section scores 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 to examine the success of under-represented college-bound groups. However, our office will use the Written score in admission cases where more information specific to writing ability would be helpful in decision making.
We will also not require the Written Section of the ACT until further testing is done.In 2013, the incoming freshman class had average ACT composite score of 27 and SAT (CR + M) score of 1201.
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.
As a home-schooled student we ask that you answer all home-school questions on the Common Application School Report.
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.