Accreditation Matters to You!

Whether you are a student, faculty member, an administrator, staff employee, alum or friend, the accreditation of Gonzaga University by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is relevant to you.

What is Accreditation?
  • Accreditation a review of Gonzaga’s academic program to certify the University’s quality, competency and credibility. It is a public indicator of institutional value, and required to receive federal financial aid.

Why does it matter?

Encourage best practices
  • Accreditation encourages academic best practices through formal, continuous quality improvement
Adherence to standards
  • Accreditation demonstrates Gonzaga meets national standards and is committed to maintaining high quality practices to educate students
Expert review
  • Accreditation uses third-party peer review by qualified experts to evaluate programs for relevancy, content and quality
Key indicator of academic strength
  • Accreditation is a key public indicator of Gonzaga’s academic strength
Required for student grants, loans
  • Accreditation is required to receive federal or state grants or loans, or to conduct recognized research
Gonzaga's Core Themes

Core themes are derived from Gonzaga's mission statement. They represent how the University interprets its mission and how it is putting the mission into practice. Our core themes are:

  • Exemplary Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
  • Enriched Campus Community
  • Exceptional Stewardship
  • Engaged Local and Global Relationships

Gonzaga University is accredited, as an institution, by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

NWCCU’s Accreditation Review Team visits Gonzaga April 14-16, 2014

Accreditation Liaison Officer to the NWCCU
Associate Academic Vice President
Ron Large, Ph.D.
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane, Washington 99258