Admission

Policy

Decisions on admission to any undergraduate school or college of the University are made after a careful review of an applicant’s academic achievement, scholastic aptitude, and personal characteristics which may predict success at the University. High school or college grades, course rigor, test scores, essays, extra-curricular activities and character play an important role in the admission process. All applicants are reviewed according to these criteria without discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origins, marital or financial status, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

Prerequisites

Applicants for regular admission are expected, prior to enrollment, to have graduated from an accredited high school in a college preparatory curriculum while showing evidence of ability to complete the University’s requirements for graduation.

The following pattern of coursework is recommended, but not required, for admission to Gonzaga University:

English   four years;
Mathematics    three/four years;
History/social studies three years;
Foreign language/ American Sign Language
two/three years of a single language;
Natural/physical laboratory science   three/four years

Gonzaga strongly recommends high school calculus and physics for students seeking admission to an engineering major. Gonzaga recommends science and math in the senior year for first-year applicants seeking admission to nursing. 

Suitable scores on the ACT or on the SAT are also required. All candidates for admission to the University are urged to take their tests no later than the first semester of their senior year in high school.  Scores must be submitted through the testing agency or be posted on the high school transcript to be considered official.

Review admission requirements at www.gonzaga.edu/admissionreqs

An application for undergraduate admission will not be considered until all required records are filed with the Office of Admission.

How to Apply for Admission

Application to Freshman Year:

  1. Students applying to Gonzaga University must submit the Common Application. Applications can be accessed online at the Common Application website www.commonapp.org.
  2. Students must complete all parts of the Common Application including the Member Questions. 
  3. Submit the non-refundable application fee. The application fee may be submitted to us from the Common Application website.
  4. Forward an official high school transcript to the Office of Admission. The application may be completed after the student has finished six semesters (or nine trimesters) of work in a college preparatory program.
  5. Have ACT or SAT scores forwarded to the Office of Admission if they do not already appear on the high school transcript.
  6. Home-schooled students are a significant part of Gonzaga University’s applicant pool. Students may choose home schooling for a variety of reasons and may implement a variety of styles. Therefore, home-school applications receive highly individualized attention. The Gonzaga Office of Admission requests the following information:
    1. The Common Application
    2. Any transcript(s) of academic work
    3. Test scores: ACT and/or SAT
    4. A one to two-page essay (topics given on the Common Application)
    5. A list of activities and honors, or a resume
    6. One letter of recommendation, by someone other than a parent, addressing academic accomplishments
    7. The Common Application School Report, which can be filled out by a parent/guardian
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Application for Transfer Admission:

  1. Submit the Transfer Application for Admission at www.gonzaga.edu/transfer
  2. Request one Academic Evaluation and/or a letter of recommendation from a college advisor or professor.
  3. Request one Transfer College Report from an official at your current or most recent institution and forward it to the Office of Admission.
  4. Submit an official college transcript for each college institution attended.
  5. Submit a final high school transcript and ACT/SAT test scores, if you have not yet earned 30 or more transferrable semester credits (or 45 quarter credits) by the time of application. Note: if you are over the age of 21, you are not required to submit ACT/SAT test scores.
  6. Submit the non-refundable application fee.

Admission of International Students

Gonzaga welcomes applications from international students, who make up a valued part of the University’s student body. Since 1969, Gonzaga has been authorized by the Federal government to issue both I-20’s and DS-2019's so that international students can secure visas and enroll in our programs. To be considered for undergraduate admission, international applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed application. First-year applicants must complete the Common Application at www.commonapp.org. Transfer applicants must complete the Transfer Application at www.gonzaga.edu/transfer
  2. Proof of academic preparation through the submission of official academic transcripts demonstrating satisfactory achievement in the completion of a secondary education equivalent to that offered in the United States. For transfer applicants, submission of official transcripts from the post-secondary institution attended. Please submit transcripts in both your native language and in English.
  3. A letter of recommendation from professors or school counselors, to be sent directly to Gonzaga University.
  4. First-year applicants: a completed Common Application School Report (done by the high school counselor). Transfer applicants: a completed College Report (done by a school official at your current or most recent institution). 
  5. Proof of English language proficiency adequate for undergraduate study at Gonzaga, which may be demonstrated by any of the following:
    1. An official TOEFL score of at least 550 written/213 computer/80 internet-based administered and reported directly to Gonzaga University by the Educational Testing Service.
    2. An official IELTS score of 6 or higher administered and reported directly to Gonzaga University by the British Council.
    3. An official ACT composite of 23 or higher and reported directly to Gonzaga University by ACT, Inc.
    4. A new SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score greater than 580 and a new SAT Math score greater than 550.
    5. Successful completion of the course of study offered by Gonzaga University’s ESL Program with faculty recommendation.
    6. For transfer students, proof of successful University- level English study (not ESL), courses equivalent to Gonzaga’s ENGL 101 and COMM 100 with a “B” grade or better at a college or university in the United States, or acceptable TOEFL scores.
    7. Proof of English as the student’s native language. Students for whom English is their native language are encouraged to submit the SAT or ACT rather than the TOEFL.
  6. A copy of current passport.
  7. Submit the non-refundable application fee through the Common Application website.

When to Apply for Admission

All new students may apply for admission to either the fall or spring semesters.

FIRST YEAR: Gonzaga has a first-year deadline of December 1st, and will take late applications until February 1st. Decisions are expected to be released in early March. Students seeking entrance into the spring semester should apply for admission by November 15. 

TRANSFER: All students who wish to transfer to Gonzaga from another college or university should submit an application early in the semester preceding their intended enrollment at Gonzaga; this is especially true for transfer students who wish to apply for financial assistance. Transfer students applying for the fall semester should apply no later than June 1st, and students applying for the spring semester, no later than November 15.

Enrollment in a summer session does not imply admission for the regular academic year. Summer session students who desire regular admission to the University should submit an application to the Office of Admission.

All applicants seeking financial aid should also complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available starting October 1, and families are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA priority deadline for first-year students is February 1 and for transfer students, March 1. This form can be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov. Gonzaga's FAFSA code is 003778.

Credit Earned Elsewhere

Transfer of Credit

Applicants from other regionally accredited colleges or universities should note that all credits submitted for transfer approval must have a grade of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 point scale), must represent college-level course work, and must be academic in nature for acceptance by the University. Students may not transfer more than sixty-four semester credits or ninety-six quarter credits from a two-year college. Students transferring to Gonzaga University with sixty-four semester credits from a community college may not return to a two-year college for any additional transfer credit. All transfer students must complete at least thirty semester credits at Gonzaga immediately preceding their graduation from the University. For further information on transfer credits, applicants should consult the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit

The University welcomes requests for special placement evaluation for incoming students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations of the College Board or International Baccalaureate Examinations. Examination results should be forwarded to the Office of Admission. Applicants may be granted credit, advanced standing, or a waiver of requirements depending on the field of study, the scores achieved, and the general regulations of the University. AP and IB Examination policies at Gonzaga University are available on the Office of Admission website, www.gonzaga.edu/creditbyexam.

Cambridge International A and AS Level Exams

Cambridge International A Level is a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is a one year course offering advanced curriculum to students preparing for colleges worldwide. The Cambridge International A and AS level curriculum is recognized as a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Based on the results of Cambridge International Exams, students may receive 3 to 6 credits per advanced level exam. Review our policy for granting credit based on the advanced level exam online at www.gonzaga.edu/creditbyexam

German Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)

The Abitur is the certification that a student has successfully completed the German college-preparatory educational program and has scored passing grades on the Abitur examinations administered during the final year of secondary school. Based on the results of the Abitur exam, students may receive up to 6 semester credits per Leistungsfach subject area with a minimum grade of 10.  Review our policy for granting credit based on the advanced level exam online at www.gonzaga.edu/creditbyexam.

Honors Program

Gonzaga University has long challenged exceptional students through its Honors Program. This interdisciplinary, competitive program seeks academically gifted and intellectually curious students who are willing to put their talents to work for the service of others.

The four-year Honors curriculum allows a student to choose any major or minor course of study. Although primarily geared for students in the College of Arts and Sciences, adjustments are made for those pursuing degrees in engineering, education, nursing, human physiology or business. In addition to small classes and close personal advising and counseling, a waiver of tuition fees for excess credit, flexible scheduling, unique study abroad opportunities and pride of place at graduation are provided.

Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive: thirty-five to forty places are open each year. Candidates must complete a separate Honors application to be considered for admission. Acceptance is based on independent intellectual achievement, leadership roles, skill in effective expression, outstanding standardized test scores, high school rigor, personal interviews, and the essay on the Honors application form. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and to meet with the Honors Director or an Admission Counselor to learn more about the Program. For further information, please consult the Honors Program section of this catalog.

Campus Visit

The Office of Admission offers an extensive visit program for those interested in attending Gonzaga. An individualized visit may include an overnight stay, class visit, faculty meeting, admission interview, campus tour, and residence hall tour. In addition to individualized visits, several Campus Preview Days (group-oriented, open-house days) are offered throughout the year. To schedule a visit, contact the Visit Office at visit@gonzaga.edu or https://www.gonzaga.edu/admission/visit. A notice of at least two weeks is appreciated.

Dual Enrollment

High school students who have not yet completed their graduation requirements may enroll (with certain restrictions and on a space-available basis) in a maximum of two courses per semester while still enrolled in high school. This program is reserved for juniors and seniors who present a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 (4.00 scale) and a letter of recommendation from their principal or counselor. A special tuition rate is available for all students taking Dual Enrollment courses. For more information on this program, students may contact the Office of Admission.

Non-Matriculation

Non-matriculated students not seeking a degree may enroll in courses at Gonzaga on a space-available basis after matriculated students have registered. Contact the Registrar’s Office for further information.