First-Year Students


Gonzaga University takes a holistic approach to admission by carefully reviewing academic measures, student involvement, and character.

We're looking for motivated students who will benefit from the University's challenging academic programs and will positively contribute to our campus with extracurricular achievement, community involvement, and diverse personal interests.


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Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester:
Early Action
(non-binding) - November 15th (postmarked or online submission date)
Regular Decision - February 1st (postmarked or online submission date)

Spring Semester:
November 15th (postmarked or online submission date)

*Remember: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1. We encourage families to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA Filing Priority Consideration Date for first-year students is February 1.

How to apply:

  • Submit the Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission online. To directly add Gonzaga to your “My Colleges” list on the Common Application click here
  • Submit one Teacher Evaluation and one School Report through the Common Application. Forms/letters can be mailed to the Admission Office, if not submitted online.
  • Send a copy of your official transcripts to the Office of Admission. If you have completed any college courses (this includes all WA state participants of the Running Start Program), official college transcripts need to be sent as well.
  • Submit score reports from either the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I), or the American College Test (ACT). Gonzaga's institution code for the SAT I is 4330, and the ACT code is 4458. *Gonzaga does not accept SAT II Subject tests. 
  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Applicants can pay the fee through the Common Application.
    • Applicants suffering financial hardship may have this fee waived by selecting the “Common App Fee Waiver” when filing out the Common Application.  Please note that applicants must demonstrate need by selecting one of seven possible financial hardship categories, and that your counselor will be asked to verify your response.
    • Applicants may also be eligible for one of the following application fee waivers:  GU Alumni fee waiver or ROTC Scholarship applicants.  Choose the appropriate waiver on the payment site of the Common App.
  • Before sending us your application, check to be sure you've completed all the necessary pieces. A finished application includes:
    • The Common Application for Undergraduate Admission including the Personal Essay and Activities List
    • SAT I or ACT test scores
    • Official high school (and college, if applicable) transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor in an academic area
    • Common Application School Report
  • Did you actually SUBMIT your Common Application to Gonzaga? Here's a step-by-step guide to be sure you did. We look forward to reviewing your application!

If sending any documents via mail, send your application materials to:
Office of Admission
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0102


Gonzaga has two academic programs that are considered “direct entry” programs, meaning that a student must declare the major on the application to be considered for that program.  

NURSING: Gonzaga's Nursing Program accepts first-year applications only.  Applicants interested in the Nursing Program must choose "Nursing" on their application to be considered.   Students not admitted into the Nursing Program through the application process will not be permitted to change their major to nursing. Our Nursing program is a four-year program, and if you have received college credit or earned an AA degree through the Running Start program, your credits will likely transfer, but the program remains an 8 – 9 semester degree program. Enrolling with college credits may provide you with the opportunity to add a minor or study abroad, but will not allow for early entry into nursing courses.

ENGINEERING: The School of Engineering and Applied Science has competitive, direct admission for engineering programs.  This includes civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, engineering management as well as students who are undecided but desire a major in an engineering discipline. Please note that direct admission does not apply to the computer science program.

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