National Rankings

Gonzaga is equally proud of its students' success and its long history of excellence in academics.

Rankings & Recognition

Class of 2015 Success Rate

More than 92 percent of Gonzaga University graduates who received their bachelor’s degrees with the class of 2015 reported they are either employed (full- or part-time), continuing their education or serving as volunteers or in the military.

Peace Corps

For the fourth year in a row, Gonzaga University is ranked No. 1 (tie) in the nation among small universities for alumni serving in the Peace Corps. Eighteen Gonzaga undergraduate alumni are serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, lifting Gonzaga’s historical total to 338 alumni with Peace Corps service. Gonzaga has been ranked in the top five in its category for each of the past five years.

U.S. News & World Report 2017
  • Gonzaga University is the No. 4 best "Regional University" in the West in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings.
  • Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is the 28th (tie) best undergraduate engineering program nationwide.
  • Gonzaga also is rated No. 4 in the West for “Best Colleges for Veterans.”
  • Gonzaga ranks No. 2 in the West for average first-year student retention rate (94 percent); and No. 2 (tie) in the region for on-time graduation rate (83 percent).
U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2017
USA Today College
Fiske Guide to Colleges

Gonzaga University is among the best 321 U.S., Canadian and British colleges and universities featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016.” Compiled by Edward Fiske, the former education editor for The New York Times, the publication has served as a top independent guide to the best schools for more than 30 years.

The Princeton Review

Gonzaga is ranked among the outstanding institutions profiled in the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition.” The publication lists Gonzaga No. 4 for “Students Pack the Stadiums,” No. 8 for “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports,” and No. 13 for “Most Politically Active Students.” Previously, Gonzaga was recognized on NBC’s “TODAY” show Feb. 3 (2015) for being ranked by The Princeton Review as among the nation’s best 200 universities for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid. In its book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition,” The Princeton Review also recognized Gonzaga for having a “Best Alumni Network.”

Kiplinger's Best

Gonzaga University is ranked No. 18 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in its 2015 list of the 25 Best College Values in West/Southwest. Kiplinger’s assesses quality based on measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate.

Money Magazine

For the second consecutive year, Gonzaga University is listed in Money magazine’s annual (2016) College Planner as the best value among private colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) and the No. 8 best private university in the nation for merit aid. (Read story)

AACSB Business, Accounting Accreditations

Gonzaga University School of Business Administration announced Jan. 9, 2012 it has retained prestigious accreditations for business and accounting by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — the global accrediting body for business schools worldwide. 

Gonzaga among Most Environmentally Responsible 'Green' Colleges

Gonzaga University once again has been named among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review.

Sierra Magazine (Sierra Club)

Listed as one of the top 100 “Coolest Schools.”

2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings

Gonzaga is ranked No. 17 in the Best Master’s Universities category nationwide (public and private).

Innovative Master's Degree Award

Gonzaga's MA in Communication and Leadership Studies was awarded the 2010 Innovative Master's Degree Program Award by the National Communication Association.

Study Abroad Excellence

Gonzaga Ranks No. 10 in Nation for Students Participating in Long-term Study Abroad Programs.

Nationally Ranked Debaters

Gonzaga’s top debate team – ranked No. 4 nationwide after rising to No. 2 earlier this year – is comprised of seniors Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos, who first squared off to debate as 13-year-olds in their native Houston (video).

Class of 2015 Best Ever Academically, Most Diverse

Gonzaga’s Class of 2015 brings the strongest academic profile of any entering class in history and is the most racially diverse ever with students of color representing nearly 1 in 5 of the estimated 1,120 new Zags.

Women's Hoops Attendance Ranks No. 14 in Nation

Gonzaga women’s basketball home-game attendance during the 2011-12 season ranks 14th in the nation among NCAA Division I schools, and the Zags recorded the sixth-largest increase in home attendance.

In Print

Gonzaga University has a robust list of published Alumni, Faculty & Staff. Check out some of our recently published authors who were featured in our Quarterly Gonzaga Magazine:


Civic Engagement Consortium Survey
Conducted by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, the survey found that 79 percent of Gonzaga students plan to be actively engaged in their communities after graduation – 6 percent higher than the national benchmark.
Corporation for National & Community Service
Gonzaga has been honored as one of four finalists (Education) for the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Of this number, 16 were named as finalists, with four in each category.
Opus Prize Host

Gonzaga University has been chosen to host the 2014 Opus Prize Foundation Award Ceremony and Process. One of the world’s major efforts to honor and support faith-based humanitarian work, the annual award includes a $1 million prize and two $100,000 runner-up honors to individuals whose work has yet to receive widespread recognition.