What’s in a Name?
The University is named after the sixteenth-century Italian Jesuit saint, Aloysius Gonzaga. A descendant of a noble Renaissance family and a page at the court of Francesco de Medici, Aloysius Gonzaga entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order) in 1585. Later, while a seminarian in plague stricken Rome, he attended to the sick and dying; as a result of his heroic service, he died of exhaustion on June 21, 1591, only twenty-three years old. He was declared the patron saint of youth in 1726.
Quality That Earns National Recognition
U.S. News and World Report’s most recent America’s Best Colleges ranked Gonzaga among the top comprehensive regional universities in the West for the 21st time in the last 24 years. Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, and The Princeton Review have also consistently praised the academic strength and quality of education provided at Gonzaga University.
Spokane and the Inland Northwest
Spokane, Washington, forms the hub of the “Inland Northwest,” a four-state region relying on this area’s business, service, and transportation facilities. With a population exceeding 500,000 in the metropolitan area, the city of Spokane offers many opportunities for work and relaxation for Gonzaga students.
The campus is adjacent to the Spokane River, where the Washington Centennial Trail extends 39-miles between northwest Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Students enjoy biking, rollerblading, running, and walking along the Trail. The downtown area is just a few blocks walk from the campus. The city’s skywalk system, the nation’s second largest, provides easy access for shopping, dining, and entertainment. A 12,000-seat civic entertainment arena is also within walking distance of campus. The University basketball team plays some of its games there.
Spokane boasts many parks, including the 100-acre Riverfront Park in the heart of the city. In addition, there are 15 area public golf courses, ice and roller skating rinks, theaters, and art galleries. A symphony orchestra, civic theatre, and professional athletic teams add to the cultural and entertainment opportunities of the region.
Nearby recreation areas are easily accessible to students. Seventy-six lakes and five ski areas provide swimming, water skiing, and winter sports activities. Spokane has consistently been recognized for its quality of life.
Students: The Center of the University
Total enrollment each semester at Gonzaga is approximately 7,784 of which about 4,865 are undergraduates and 2,392 are in graduate programs, including the School of Law, Doctorate in Leadership Studies, and master’s degree programs. Our student body represents nearly every state and about forty foreign countries. More than fifty percent of the student body comes from homes at least 500 hundred miles from Spokane. The result is a diverse, welcoming campus community, where cultures and friendships are shared warmly.
There are a total of 720 regular Jesuit, lay, and religious faculty, and all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. The ratio of students to faculty is about 11 to 1. More than 70% of undergraduates ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class. Approximately 25% hold student leadership positions in Gonzaga student government, residence halls, clubs and organizations.
Finance: An Important Part of Your Education
As you begin your academic career, it is important to remember that although tuition at independent or private universities is typically higher than at public universities, the ultimate value of a degree from Gonzaga University is well recognized by members of business and industry.
Gonzaga is committed to assisting students in financing their college education. Over 95% of our students receive financial aid. The Financial Aid Office welcomes your inquiries and is prepared to provide assistance in the development of your financial aid award, assuring you the best package possible.
The Campus: Your Home Away From Home
Gonzaga’s campus has grown from one building which housed both students and Jesuit faculty in its early years to 105 buildings spread over 110 landscaped acres. The University site is along the north bank of the Spokane River and includes its own small lake and an attractive, well-kept campus. Some highlights of the campus include the following:
Student Housing provides living options for more than 2,900 undergraduate students, including men’s, women’s or coeducational residence halls with capacities ranging from 15 to 400. Apartment-style living units are another option, and the University owns several houses and apartment complexes in the neighborhood, which are rented to upper-division students. Residence halls are staffed by trained students who provide services ranging from personal advising to activities planning. Full-time first and second year students who are under age 21, unmarried, and not living at home, must live in on-campus residence halls. The University recently completed construction of Kennedy Apartments for upper division and graduate students and is currently building another upper-division residence hall.
Crosby Student Center has become an important part of campus life. The Center offers lounges for studying quietly, watching television and listening to music, meeting rooms, postal services, offices for student government and student activities, and light recreation such as video games, pool tables, and ping pong. The Center also displays memorabilia from alumnus/entertainer Bing Crosby and houses various Student Life Offices and The Career Center.
A Century of Educational Leadership
After forty years of pioneer missionary efforts to bring Christian civilization and culture to the Pacific Northwest, the Rev. Joseph M. Cataldo, S.J., an Italian Jesuit missionary, initiated plans to build a mission school in Spokane Falls Territory. Out of the vision and courage of early Jesuits, Gonzaga College became a reality and admitted its first students in 1887, two years before Washington became a state.
The College became Gonzaga University with the opening of the School of Law in 1912. In 1916 the School of Philosophy of Letters for Jesuit Scholastics became part of the University. In 1921 the University opened the School of Business Administration and in 1928 the School of Education. The School of Engineering and Applied Science was established in 1934 and in 1975 the School of Continuing Education was established, now named the School of Professional Studies. Gonzaga is an independent, Roman Catholic and Jesuit university committed to ensuring our students an educational experience which encourages individual intellectual, moral, and spiritual development.
Gonzaga University Athletic Facilities
The Charlotte Y. Martin Centre is home to the Rudolf Fitness Center as well as the gym where Gonzaga volleyball hosts all home matches. The gym, which is the birthplace of the Kennel, seats 2,000 fans. As a whole, the Martin Centre is 136,000 square feet and houses not only the fitness center and volleyball gym, but is also the location of athletic offices and the newly renovated Academic Lab and Diedrick & DeLong Athletic Training Facility. The athletic training facility is a wonder on its own, covering nearly 5,000 square feet and featuring two state-of-the-art rehabilitation whirlpools.
The Rudolf Fitness Center is a 38,000 sq. ft. facility with cardiovascular and weight areas containing a full line of Olympic benches, dumbbells, Hammer Strength equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, versaclimber, bikes, and steppers with 14 televisions. Also available are four racquetball courts, two aerobics rooms, a field house with three full basketball or volleyball courts, a (1/11 mile) rubberized running track, a six lane 25-yard swimming pool and a smoothie snack bar. The Rudolf Fitness Center also houses a majority of the physical education classes offered by the University and is open throughout the year for use by students, staff/faculty, and spouses.
The McCarthey Athletic Center is home to the Gonzaga men's and women's basketball teams as well as the Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Facility. The facility, which features a 6,000-seat arena, is 144,000 square feet of screaming fans come basketball season and lives and breathes the legacy of past basketball greats, such as John Stockton.
Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field became the home of Gonzaga baseball in the spring of 2007. The completion of the facility brought GU baseball back to the campus for the first time since 2003. The complex is named after benefactor and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mike Patterson, while Pete Stanton and Washington Trust Bank of Spokane were also major contributors.
Gonzaga Soccer Field is an ongoing project, however, Phase I of the new facility was finished in fall 2008. The new facility provides not only a playing field, but a practice field for both the men's and women's teams as well as a press box and ticket booth. Phase II, III and IV will include the installation of permanent seating, a locker room for the home and visiting teams and state-of-the-art stadium lighting.
Foley Center: This 20 million dollar state-of-the-art library was opened in the fall of 1992, providing sophisticated on-line computer access to libraries across the United States. In addition, students enjoy a 24-hour study lounge, abundant study carrels, an audio/visual resource room, and one of the finest rare book rooms in the country.
Other Buildings: New buildings as well as historic ones grace the Gonzaga campus. The Jundt Art Center and Museum was completed in 1995. The state-of-the-art- Law School building opened in 2000.
St. Aloysius Church and the Student Chapel
The spires of St. Al’s Church are a landmark of the Spokane area. The chapel, located in College Hall, offer students a place for solitude and reflection as well as daily masses.
Visit the Campus
Whether you are considering enrolling at Gonzaga University or just want to experience Gonzaga firsthand, you are invited to visit the campus. We have a Campus Visitation Program offering opportunities to sit in on classes, tour the campus, meet students and faculty, and spend some time in the residence halls. Our Admission Office will be pleased to schedule a visit for you.
Accreditation: The Mark of Excellence
Gonzaga University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- The School of Law is accredited by Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA). The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Council as the national agency for the accreditation of programs leading to the first professional degree in law.
- The Department of Religious Studies is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- Programs in English as a Second Language are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Teachers and Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- Programs in the Department of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- Programs in Civil, Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- Programs for the certification of elementary, secondary, and special education teachers at the bachelor’s level; and special education, initial teaching (elementary and secondary levels), principal and superintendents, at the graduate level; and for the certification of post-licensure teachers and administrators (i.e., “professional certification”), are accredited both by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and by the Washington State Board of Education through its Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
- The School Counseling and Community Counseling master’s programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- The Special Education, Sports Management, and Physical Education bachelor’s programs, and the Special Education, Sport and Athletic Administration, Leadership and Administration and Anesthesiology Education master’s programs, are accredited both by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
- The Anesthesiology Education master’s program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA), part of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The council is a a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
The University Seal:The Mark of Distinction
The University adapted the present form of its’ seal in 1914 from an earlier version used in the 1890’s. Beneath the eagle of the former seal is a shield; the order of precedence in this shield is dexter chief, sinister base, sinister chief, and dexter base.
In hatchment dexter chief are two gray wolves leaning on a black pot and chain; it represents the House of Loyola whose son, Ignatius, was the founder of the Jesuits; the pride of that House was that they kept the wolf away from the door of the poor.
In hatchment sinister base are the arms of the House of Gonzaga; a purple cross sustaining an escutcheon with the lions of Florence and three purple bars for the many ecclesiastical dignities given to the House of Gonzaga; the four falcons in the corners represent the hunting prowess of that family.
In hatchment sinister chief are the colors of Spain; seven red bars on a field of gold which were given to the House of Loyola-Onaz because seven brothers of that house distinguished themselves in service to the King of Spain. They form part of Ignatius of Loyola’s coat of arms.
In hatchment dexter base is a sunburst over Spokane Falls, a pine tree, and an Indian tepee; the Spokane Indians were so called because they were children of the sun.
The eagle in the crest is the American bald eagle which protects the University; above the eagle are found “IHS” of the name of Jesus, the cross, and the nails of His crucifixion all in black, surrounded by a halo of gold.
The escutcheon in the center of all is a royal blue field on which the white letter “G” stands for Gonzaga; the University’s colors are Royal Blue and Immaculate White.
The scrolled A.M.D.G. stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, “For the Greater Glory of God,” the motto of the Society of Jesus. Below this is the date of incorporation of Gonzaga College. The wreath of bay leaves on the right represents classic renown, and the wreath of oak on the left signifies civic pride.
Our Commitment to Non-Discrimination
Gonzaga University subscribes to the principles and laws of the federal government and Washington State pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity. The University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity, or any other non-merit factor in employment, educational programs or activities which it operates. All University policies, practices, and procedures are consistent with Gonzaga’s Catholic, Jesuit identity and Mission Statement.
As a church-related institution, in conformity with federal and state law, Gonzaga reserves the right to take religious faith into consideration where it is deemed appropriate. Gonzaga University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Plan is designed to further develop and maintain equal employment opportunity for all personnel and to insure the utilization of women and ethnic minorities at all levels and in all segments of the University, particularly where they are underutilized in relation to their availability in the work force