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Mission and Ministry

Mission and Ministry supports the spiritual development of all members of the Gonzaga community, regardless of religious affiliation and tradition. Mission and Ministry provides opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and fellowship through retreats, 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 provide an opportunity for going deeper, both as individuals and as a community. We offer an extensive retreat program throughout the academic year. The Escape Retreat (for First Year Students) is offered during the fall and spring semesters. We offer an opportunity for Sophomore students to retreat together in the fall and spring as well. Search, Gonzaga’s longest-running retreat program, targeted at Juniors is held four times a year at the Bozarth Mansion and Retreat Center, an historic estate in north Spokane. For Senior students we will be offering a 5 day Ignatian Retreat during the winter prior to the start of the spring semester.

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. Mission and Ministry also offers students the Sacrament of Reconciliation through appointment or before Sunday evening Mass.

If you have questions about other Mission and Ministry events and programs, please contact the office at (509) 313-4242 or Mission and Ministry is located on the main floor of the Hemmingson Center (Suite 104) and online at


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 will 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 234 of College Hall.

Military Call to Active Duty/Training

Gonzaga students in the National Guard and Reserves and some prior active duty personnel may be called/recalled to active duty. Gonzaga University recognizes and appreciates the important contributions made by men and women to our country. Gonzaga supports a policy related to our students who have been called to active duty and/or training by any branch of the United States armed forces. The policy does not apply to students ordered to active duty in another country’s armed forces.  This policy applies to all University schools and programs and is intended to recognize and make appropriate allowances for students who find themselves in such situations.

According to Federal Title X regulations, students should not be disadvantaged by being called to military service, whether for deployment or training. It is expected that everyone at the University will work together to do what is best for our students.  Gonzaga has developed the following procedures to provide maximum flexibility in assisting these students. Students with activation orders or other official documentation should follow the process outline below. Dependent on when a student is called to active military duty and/or training, various processes will differ, depending on the time of the call up and length of the call up. 

1. Deployment or Training Call-Up Prior to the Start of a Semester Through the Add/Drop Period:

Students should determine if they should drop all courses in every semester/session for which they are registered that will be impacted by their call-up. Consideration should be given to the length of the call-up, the number of credits and types of courses they’re registered for, and their personal assessment of their capability to make up missed classes.  Should all courses be dropped, this will result in an automatic 100% refund of all tuition and related fees. The Military Call to Active Duty/Training Notification form will be submitted per the form instructions to the VA Certifying Official located in the Office of the Registrar.  A copy of the deployment or training order will be provided with the form. If orders are not immediately available, submit a signed letter from your command pertaining to completion of your military obligation, sensitive information should be redacted.  Student will initiate a Military Leave of Absence (MLOA).  Return to Gonzaga and Reactivation/Readmission will be based on the criteria outlined in this policy.

2. Call-Up During a Term:

The Military Active Call to Duty/Training Notification form will be submitted per the form instructions to the VA Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar.  A copy of the deployment or training order is to be provided with the form.  If orders are not immediately available, submit a signed letter from your command pertaining to completion of your military obligation.  Sensitive information should be redacted.  It may not be in the best interest of the student to withdraw from the University. Academic accommodations may be possible to allow the student to progress in the existing course of study.  However, students should carefully consider if missing course work necessary to meet course/degree requirements (e.g. labs, clinicals) will be impacted.

Guiding Principles for Consideration:

  1. Students activated for deployment or training are held to the same standard of academic excellence expected for all students. Documented absences for scheduled deployment or training does not relieve the student of class responsibilities, including any course material covered during missed classes. Students should consider major exams, due dates for projects/papers, and mandatory class activities.

 2.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify instructors as soon as possible regarding their deployment.  Where there are schedule conflicts, absences, or other issues, the student, along with the faculty member and the student’s Chair and/or Dean, will work together to achieve the most optimal solution.

3.  Faculty members should make every reasonable effort to support and accommodate the student during the call-up period.

4.  Students should work with faculty to develop a plan for making up missed coursework when they don’t withdraw from a course.  Discussions should also be made concerning changes to the student’s circumstances which would not allow completion of the plan.

5.  When permissible and with the instructor’s agreement if the excused course is near the end of the term and the student has completed all but a small portion of the coursework, a grade of Incomplete or In Progress may be assigned.  Deadlines for removal of these grades will be in accordance with University policy.  No further tuition or course fees will be charged to the student in order that a student may successfully complete courses for removal of the incomplete or in progress grade. Law students will follow Law School policy for withdrawing, incomplete/in progress grades, and returning to the university. 

Room and board refunds will be pro-rated based on the date of the complete withdrawal when applicable.  

A transcript notation “Student Called to Active Military Duty” will be applied to the student record outlining why the withdrawal occurred.  Student will initiate a Military Leave of Absence (MLOA) when withdrawing.  The Electronic document can be found here The student record will be coded accordingly outlining information related to the Military Leave of Absence.



A student will be reinstated under a reactivation procedure through the Office of the Registrar. A Return from Military Duty form is necessary for all students wishing to re-enroll in order that the required adjustments in the student information system can be made, and so that the University can inform the student about academic advising, registration procedures, housing options, tuition charges and financial aid options.  The Electronic document can be found here  Reinstated students will be allowed to continue with the academic requirements under the semester/session of their original entry to Gonzaga University (matriculation term) whenever possible (i.e. using the same catalog). In recognition that tours of duty frequently exceed one year in duration, every effort will be made to accommodate through exception, the special academic needs of students returning from active military duty. However, such exceptions and substitutions can be made only to the extent that they do not compromise the quality or integrity of the student’s degree. The student must meet the required GPA, and financial and disciplinary requirements of any other student.


Should it be necessary for the student to reapply for admission, policies of the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law admission offices will be adhered to.


Financial aid and payments received by these students for the term are refunded to the source, as per the Office of Student Financial Aid policies.

Students who have received a refund from financial aid sources are expected to repay the financial aid according to the terms of any promissory notes they have signed. The same standards that are applied to students who have an outstanding tuition balance with the university are applied to those called for military duty.

In addition, the University adheres to the guidance offered by the U.S. Department of Education regarding students who have received a Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Nursing Loan.

Students must contact their lender to request a loan deferment.

NOTE: It is recommended that students wishing to resume or begin collecting VA benefits should contact the Veteran Certifying Official located in the Office of the Registrar to discuss the documentation needed for veteran educational benefits to be certified.

Center for Student Academic Success

The Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS) is an all-inclusive academic support center designed, through programs and retention initiatives, to empower Gonzaga students to be active and independent learners in pursuit of their academic success.  The Center includes three integrated areas:

Academic Advising and Assistance

Professional advisors in AAA provide developmental academic advising across all curricula at Gonzaga.  They assist students on a variety of topics, including academic planning, policy clarifications, crisis management, and transitional advising for students between majors. AAA is responsible for academic standing and probation, freshman registration, as well as individual assistance for students and faculty on academic issues. In partnership with the Center for Cura Personalis, AAA coordinates a campus wide early alert and referral system called REFER.

Learning Strategies

Students seeking strategies, tools and resources to enhance academic success can sign up for a variety of one-on-one, group tutoring and academic coaching sessions.  Strategic Learning Specialists are available to work with students on developing effective academic skills that help get the most out of your courses.  A few techniques include, individualized learning plans, creating accountability, developing metacognitive skills and exploring opportunities to improve academic success and increase resiliency. For more information please visit .

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 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 (please see our website for specific deadlines). 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

Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement includes International Student and Scholar Services and the Study Abroad Office. We believe an engaging  international experience should encompass and epitomize all the strengths of an excellent university education. Positive international experiences should offer an immersion into a new culture through rigorous academics, dynamic exchange and dialogue with diverse groups, and a broad exposure to new ideas and experiences.

Study Abroad

A critical part of any education is the growth of skills, knowledge and attitudes that nurture an active engagement with the world and the people who inhabit it.  If you are looking for an education that will challenge you as well as position you for an outstanding career in our increasingly interconnected world, studying abroad is a popular option at Gonzaga. Studying abroad is part of our tradition at Gonzaga.  Gonzaga allows you to use your scholarships and financial aid to pay for programs that fit into your degree plan with the goal of graduating on time.

Over 60% of Gonzaga graduates study abroad compared to less than 9% of US graduates who achieve a baccalaureate degree. CGE boasts programs in over 60 locations and there are multiple programs that will allow students to earn credit toward core curriculum, major and minor requirement.  To learn more about the study abroad programs at Gonzaga, eligibility and the process, explore the Study Abroad Office website at

Gonzaga in Florence is Gonzaga’s flagship study abroad program and branch campus in Florence Italy. Please visit for more information. 

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 undergraduate studies at Gonzaga, including one of the following exam results as proof of sufficient English proficiency:

Proficiency Test

Official Score

(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

iBT: 80+

(International English Language Testing System)


IB English A (Higher or Standard)

predicted 5+

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)




iTEP Academic Plus


Duolingo English Test



120 (94-Jiangsu & Shanghai)

ACT English and Reading sections


SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


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.

Students from the following English-speaking countries are automatically exempt from any English proficiency requirement*: Australia, 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). 

In lieu of test scores, Gonzaga will accept satisfactory completion of Gonzaga English Learning Center’s Intensive English Program (IEP), or completion of Extended Accelerator (EAP), Academic Accelerator Program (AAP), and Academic English program as part of the Gonzaga Global program. 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 liquid 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 are required in order to process a U.S. immigration document known as an I-20 form.  The Office of Admission collects financial information and accompanying documents after students confirm their intent to enroll at Gonzaga. After financial documents are submitted, Gonzaga’s International Student & Scholar Services prepares and sends an I-20.  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 undergraduate orientation as well as ongoing academic, cultural, and immigration support for the duration of program at Gonzaga University.