Student Services

University Ministry

University Ministry supports the faith development of all members of the Gonzaga community, regardless of religious affiliation and tradition. University Ministry provides opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and fellowship through retreats, service projects, liturgies, music ministry, small groups, spiritual direction, residence hall programs and more. These activities invite participants into a deeper understanding of Gonzaga’s Jesuit and Catholic identity as well as a profound respect for other religious and spiritual traditions.

Retreats: University Ministry’s retreat programs provide opportunities to practice reflection, leadership, fellowship and self-examination according to our Ignatian heritage. More than a thousand students participate in these retreats each year. We coordinate one Pilgrimage, two First Year Retreats, one Pre-Orientation First Year Retreat, four Search Retreats, one Men’s Retreat, one Women’s Retreat and two Montserrat Retreats every academic year. Each retreat is coordinated by a University Ministry staff member and many are led by student crews.

CLC/Life Groups: These are intentional small groups that meet weekly to reflect, share life, pray, laugh and grow. Each year, roughly 500 students gather in these small groups to deepen their relationship with God, form lasting relationships with others, and walk through the valleys and peaks of college life together.  CLC/Life Groups also gather regularly for large-group activities, social events, and service projects.

Mass and Sacraments: As a Catholic university, we hold Masses on campus to unite us as a faith community. Two public liturgies are available each day in the Gonzaga community. People of all religious paths are welcome to join us in prayer and worship. In addition, we help students connect with other local churches and places of worship.

Not only are students invited to come to Mass, but they are also invited to take on leadership positions, such as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Server, or Sacristan. University Ministry also offers students the Sacrament of Reconciliation through appointment or before Sunday evening Mass.

If you have questions about other University Ministry events and programs, please contact the office at (509) 313-4242 or umin@gonzaga.edu. University Ministry is located on the main floor of the Hemmingson Center (Suite 104) and online at www.gonzaga.edu/um.


Veterans

Gonzaga University’s academic programs of study are approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 USC.

For graduate students enrolled in academic programs offering courses in non-standard terms, the number of credits required to achieve a time status of "full time" shall be proportional to the number of weeks in that non-standard term divided by sixteen (e.g. 8 divided by 16, times 6 credits equals a full-time status of three (3) credits for a non-standard term of eight (8) weeks duration).

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch.33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the students enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require student secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution. 

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Veterans

Veterans failing to achieve minimum standards of academic progress are placed on probation for the following semester and notified via email by the University's Veterans' Advisor. Should satisfactory academic progress not be achieved by the following term, certification of veteran benefits will be suspended and the VA Regional Processing Office will be notified. Certification of veteran benefits can resume once satisfactory academic progress standing is attained.

Eligible veterans needing to apply for their benefits, approved veterans needing certification of enrollment, or students with questions about possible veteran benefits should contact the University’s veterans advisor in Room 229 of College Hall.


Disability Access

Disability Access provides access services to Gonzaga University’s programs, services, activities and facilities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State laws. Disability Access serves students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Disability Access may arrange or provide appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, physical/mobility aids and other types of accommodations for students with disabilities. Students should contact Disability Access to inquire about the procedure for requesting accommodations. The University recommends the student contact Disability Access at least four weeks prior to the semester for which they are requesting services. However, Disability Access continuously evaluates student documentation and requests for accommodation throughout the school year.

If at any time during the process of application, admission, and enrollment, individuals feel that they have been discriminated against because of disability, they are encouraged to notify Disability Access. Incidents which have occurred more than 120 days prior to making the complaint may or may not be given consideration. To obtain copies of GU’s Informal Complaint Process for Reasonable Accommodation or the Formal Grievance Procedure, please contact the Disability Access office.

Disability Access is located in Foley Center Library, 2nd floor, Room 209 and is at extension 4134. Visit the Disability Access website.

Academic Testing Center

If you need to use the ATC due to either accommodations or to take an exam outside of regularly scheduled course hours, please contact the ATC in advance. The Academic Testing Center is located in Foley Center Library, Second Floor, Room 203 and is at extension 5535.


International Students

Gonzaga welcomes applications from international students to become part of Gonzaga’s Global Community. Non-native English speaking students must present evidence of their ability to perform in graduate studies at Gonzaga, including one of the following exam results as proof of sufficient English proficiency:

  1. TOEFL score of at least 550 written / 213 computer / 80 IBT OR
  2. Score of 6.0 or better on the IELTS OR
  3. 'New SAT' combined score of 1150 or an 'Old SAT' combined score of 1070 Critical Reading and Math OR
  4. Composite ACT score of no less than 23

In lieu of test scores, Gonzaga will accept satisfactory completion of Gonzaga University’s Global Bridge 1 with a grade point average of at least 3.00 and the recommendation of the ESL faculty. Applicants should submit transcripts in both their native language and an official English translation issued by the institution.

Once admission has been granted, Gonzaga University requests international applicants to provide documentation of sufficient funds for academic and living costs while studying in the United States for at least the academic year (two consecutive full-time semesters). On the Financial Declaration students state that they have access to a certain amount of funds and indicates the source(s) of these funds. Students must provide documentation regarding the source of funding such as written notification from a sponsor or a certified bank statement.

The Financial Declaration and supporting documentation is required in order to process a U.S. immigration document known as an I-20 form.  The International Admission office collects the information and accompanying documents; and when the student is accepted, prepares and mails the I-20 to the student.  The student must report to the Center for Global Engagement immediately upon arrival in the United States in order to receive a travel signature and to submit immigration information.  

The Center for Global Engagement provides an international student orientation prior to the new student orientation as well as ongoing academic, cultural, and immigration support for the duration of program at Gonzaga University. 


Campus Security & Public Safety

Campus Security and Public Safety (CSPS) facilitates the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, visitors and the property of the University. The department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers make regular checks of all university buildings and grounds with an emphasis on the residence halls and areas where students gather. Other services provided from this office are: safe escorts from location to location (on campus), jump starts, alarm checks, and suspicious activity investigations. CSPS works closely with the Spokane Police Department to coordinate criminal investigations and for requests of police services outside the authority of this department. They also work collaboratively with all local law enforcement and emergency service providers. To contact CSPS dial (509) 313-2222.