Gonzaga's men's and women's basketball programs are receiving well-deserved world-wide attention. The University's athletic traits are a reflection of the overall character of Gonzaga. GU's basketball teams were once considered the underdogs who would go anywhere and take on anyone. Likewise, the University's founder, Joseph Cataldo, S.J., considered frail by many, traveled far from his home in Italy to become Superior General of the Rocky Mountain Mission and establish Gonzaga in 1887 – 125 years ago.
Today, Gonzaga is a private Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university providing education to more than 7,800 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West's best comprehensive regional universities. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 26 master's degrees, doctorate degrees in leadership studies and nursing practice, and a juris doctor degree through its School of Law.
Pronunciation: Gone - ZAG (as in "bag") – uh
Nickname: Bulldogs (but often referred to as “Zags”)
Average class size: 23
Percent of students receiving financial aid: 96%
Faiths represented on campus: More than 20 (50% Catholic)
Annual hours of community service: More than 70,000