International First-Year Application Checklist

Gonzaga University is “test optional” for the Class of 2021:
Both the College Board and ACT, Inc., have canceled numerous testing opportunities given the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Gonzaga University will not require an SAT or ACT score for those applying for college admission in 2021. 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.

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, there are few things for international students to know as you work on your application: 

International Student Application Fee Waiver 

All international applicants are eligible to have their application fee waived. Please select the International Student Fee Waiver in the Common Application. 

Proof of English Proficiency 

International applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency. This can be done in one of the following ways: 

  • TOEFL score of at least 80 IBT/550 PBT or
  • IELTS score of at least 6.5 or
  • Duolingo English Test of at least 110
  • ACT  English and Reading section scores of at least 23 or
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of at least 550 or
  • Satisfactory completion of Gonzaga University’s Global Bridge 1 will substitute for the required test scores

Students from the following English-speaking countries are automatically exempt from any English proficiency requirement*: Australia, Ireland, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Jamaica/other West Indies 

*If you wish to request a waiver of the English proficiency requirement, please contact international admission counselors Theresa Howlett or Kenji Linane-Booey for more information. 
Theresa Howlett is the counselor for Asia, Canada, Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand) –
Kenji Linane-Booey is the counselor for Africa, Europe, Latin America –


International Curriculum 

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

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: 

  • December 1st - Application deadline for Fall 2021
  • February 1st - Late Consideration Deadline for Fall 2021

Spring Semester: 

  •  November 15th  

    Freshman Application Checklist

    • 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
    • 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