Admission Requirements

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum while showing evidence of ability to complete the University's requirements for graduation.

The following pattern of coursework is recommended for admission to Gonzaga:

4 years


3-4 years (including algebra I, geometry, algebra II / trigonometry)

History or Social Studies

3 years

Foreign Language

2-3 years of the same language; world languages preferred, American Sign Language accepted


3-4 years (natural or physical laboratory science)

    Course rigor is a key component in determining admissibility and merit awards. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves with a curriculum they can manage, including AP, IB, and honors courses (if offered by high school).

    Gonzaga's Office of Admission reviews each application thoroughly. Although we have no set minimum GPA/test score requirements, please consider the following guidelines. Any prospective student may have an admission interview, but they are highly encouraged if a student has:

    • An unweighted GPA at or below 3.2
    • A "new SAT" combined score for Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math at or below 1150
    • An "old SAT" combined score for Critical Reading and Math at or below 1070
    • An ACT composite score at or below 23

      Interviews may be done in person as part of a campus visit, on the phone or via video chat, or possibly where you live. If you are not visiting campus, please contact your Admission Counselor to discern the best option.

    The Office of Admission carefully considers the following items as part of the application to Gonzaga University:

    • Curriculum and school
    • Grade point average and grade trends
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • College essay
    • Activities and honors
    • Character

    NURSING & ENGINEERING "Requirements"
    Gonzaga's Nursing and Engineering programs are considered “direct admission” and students must declare either major on the Common Application to be considered for one of the programs.  

    NURSING: Gonzaga's Nursing Program accepts first-year applications only.  Applicants must choose "Nursing" on their application to be considered. Admission to nursing is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline). The Admission Committee will review curriculum carefully and likes to see math and science in the senior year of high school. An understanding of the nursing profession is helpful. 

    Students are not permitted to change their major to nursing after enrolling at the University. The Nursing Program is a four-year program. If a student has received college credit or earned an AA degree through the Running Start program, credits will likely transfer, but the program remains an 8 – 9 semester degree. Enrolling with college credits  may provide students 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. The Admission Committee prefers students who are college calculus ready and have a strong high school science curriculum.  Admission to engineering is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline).

    SAT and ACT Policy

    Gonzaga University would like students to provide all results from every administration of the SAT and/or ACT taken. Gonzaga will combine students' best individual section scores from separate exams. The University also uses the scores as a way to communicate early about specific programs of interest, scholarship opportunities, and to give admission guidance.

    We will accept all sections of the SAT as it is provided, but will not universally use the new Written portion until further studies are done to examine the success of under-represented college-bound groups. However, our office will use the Written score in admission cases where more information specific to writing ability would be helpful in decision making.

    We will also not require the Written Section of the ACT until further testing is done.

    The new SAT was first administered in March 2016. With the SAT changes, we are committed to working with you as you navigate this new process,whether you have "new" or "old" test scores. Learn more from the College Board on the changes to the SAT and how Gonzaga has integrated the new SAT into our admission process.

    The incoming freshman class had an average ACT composite score of 28 and an SAT score of 1260 on the new test.

    Home-School Policy

    Home-schooled students represent a unique and important population in Gonzaga University's applicant pool. Students and families choose home-schooling for a variety of reasons and implement a variety of instructional methods. Therefore, an application from a home-schooled student receives highly individualized attention.

    As a home-schooled student we ask that you answer all home-school questions on the Common Application School Report. 

    The Admission Committee will consider all submitted materials and encourages applicants to arrange an admission interview, if possible. Please contact the Office of Admission with questions.

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