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International First-Year Application Checklist

Welcome! We’re glad you’re considering applying to Gonzaga.  

All students apply through the Office of Admission. After students are admitted, the Center for Global Engagement provides immigration and cultural support to incoming international students. 

In addition to Gonzaga’s undergraduate admission requirements, review the drop-downs below for important international student information as you work on your application. 

Important Application Information:

All international applicants are eligible to have their application fee waived. Please select the International Student Fee Waiver in the Common Application. 
Both the College Board and ACT, Inc., have canceled numerous testing opportunities given the COVID-19 pandemic. Gonzaga University will not require an SAT or ACT score for those applying for college admission in 2021 and beyond. We will continue to review applications holistically, as described below. Students applying without a test have access to everything available to test-takers: admission, scholarships, direct admission to nursing and engineering, and the Honors Program. 

Please see the COVID 19 Admission FAQ for additional information.

International students must meet one of the following in order to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements to be eligible for undergraduate admission: 

1.) Official English Language Proficiency Scores: 

The chart below includes a list of accepted English language proficiency tests and minimum scores required for undergraduate admissions.  Official test scores must be received directly from a testing agency or reported on the official high school transcript or School Report. Test scores must be dated within two years of the application. 

 Proficiency Test   Official Score
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
iBT: 80+ 
IELTS Academic
(International English Language Testing System)
IB English A (Higher or Standard) predicted 6+
GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-Level in one of the courses below:
English/English Language/English Literature or First Language English
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+
iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+
Duolingo English Test 120+
GaoKao  120 (94-Jiangsu & Shanghai)
ACT  English and Reading sections 23+
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 550+

2.) The following applicants are not required to submit English test scores or any other additional proof of English proficiency: 

  • Students who have completed two years at any accredited U.S. institution of higher education and earned a B or higher in a combination of composition and/or speech classes.

3.) Students from the following English-speaking countries are automatically exempt from any English proficiency requirement*: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, and any English speaking Caribbean country (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago)

*Gonzaga recognizes that there are many other English-speaking countries and native speakers are encouraged to apply for a waiver. If you wish to request a waiver of the English proficiency requirement, please contact international admission counselor, Theresa Howlett for more information: howlett@gonzaga.edu


Our counseling staff is familiar with differences in education systems around the world, and we will review your application within the context of the education system you’re coming from. Gonzaga uses a holistic process when reviewing applications, and we will consider your academic performance, the rigor of your curriculum, your character, and the activities you’ve been involved in when evaluating applications for admission.  

As a first-year applicant, you may have the opportunity to receive college credit from Gonzaga University if you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) exams or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. View your options here! Have you taken the Cambridge International A & AS Level exams? If so, review our list of college credit options here! 


Fall Semester

  • December 1 
  • February 1 (Late-Application Deadline)

Spring Semester

  • November 15
Application deadlines may differ for international students applying through Gonzaga Global. Please visit gonzaga.edu/global/important-dates-cost for more details. 
  • Complete the online Common Application.
  • To directly add Gonzaga to your “My Colleges” list on the Common Application, please click here.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Students must achieve a 3.2 cumulative GPA, with junior year being no less than a 3.1 GPA, in a college preparatory curriculum that results in a high school diploma.
  • Personal Essay and Activities List (found on the Common Application).
  • Official transcripts in native language and English from all high schools, colleges and universities attended.
  • Common Application School Report (found on the Common Application).
  • One Common Application Teacher Evaluation (found on the Common Application).
  • Copy of Passport (emailed to admissions@gonzaga.edu).

Submit your materials online via the Common Application or send your application materials to:

Gonzaga University
Office of Admission
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

After being admitted and submitting a tuition confirmation deposit, you will be required to submit the following for immigration purposes: 

  • Completed Financial Declaration OR an official Sponsorship Letter
  • Original bank statements which support the information provided on the Financial Declaration
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502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258