First-Year Students

Gonzaga University takes a holistic approach to admission by carefully reviewing academic measures, student involvement, and character.

We're looking for motivated students who will benefit from the University's challenging academic programs and will positively contribute to our campus with extracurricular achievement, community involvement, and diverse personal interests.

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How to Apply:

  • Submit the Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission online. To directly add Gonzaga to your “My Colleges” list on the Common Application click here
  • Submit one Teacher Evaluation and one School Report through the Common Application. Forms/letters can be mailed to the Admission Office, if not submitted online. 
  • Homeschooled students: The School Report can be submitted by your homeschool instructor, but the teacher evaluation needs to come from someone other than your homeschool instructor (Community College teacher, pastor, employer, etc).
  • Send a copy of your official transcripts to the Office of Admission. If you have completed any college courses (this includes all WA state participants of the Running Start Program), official college transcripts need to be sent as well.
  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. Applicants can pay the fee through the Common Application.
  • Applicants suffering financial hardship may have this fee waived by selecting the “Common App Fee Waiver” when filing out the Common Application.  Please note that applicants must demonstrate need by selecting one of seven possible financial hardship categories, and that your counselor will be asked to verify your response.
    Applicants may also be eligible for one of the following application fee waivers: GU Alumni fee waiver or ROTC Scholarship applicants. Choose the appropriate waiver on the payment site of the Common App.
  • OPTIONAL for the Class of 2021: Submit score reports from either the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I), or the American College Test (ACT). Gonzaga's institution code for the SAT I is 4330, and the ACT code is 4458. Gonzaga does not accept SAT II Subject tests.

Before sending us your application, check to be sure you've completed all the necessary pieces. A finished application includes:

  • The Common Application for Undergraduate Admission including the Personal Essay and Activities List
  • Official high school (and college, if applicable) transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor in an academic area
  • Common Application School Report
  • Optional: SAT I or ACT test scores (Gonzaga University will be “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 and beyond. We will continue to review applications holistically, as described in our Admission Requirements. Students applying without a test have access to everything available to test-takers: admission, automatic merit scholarships, direct admission to nursing and engineering, the Honors Program, and other Gonzaga scholarships.

Please see the COVID 19 Admission FAQ and our Test-Optional FAQ for additional information.

Direct Entry Programs:

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 prepared for college calculus and have a strong high school science curriculum. A selective group of students who show potential for engineering, but need more preparation in math and science, may be offered a pre-engineering option.

*Engineering is considered a “direct entry” program, meaning that a student must declare engineering as their major on the application to be considered for admission to engineering majors. 

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 the Admission Committee will review curriculum carefully, preferring four years of math and science including 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. 

*Nursing is considered a “direct entry” program, meaning that a student must declare nursing as their major on the application to be considered for admission to the Nursing Program. 

Application Deadlines:

December 1 - Application deadline for Fall
February 1 - Late Consideration Deadline for Fall
November 15

*Remember: We encourage families to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible on or after October 1. The FAFSA Filing Priority Consideration Date for first-year students is December 1, but later submissions are welcomed.

If sending any documents via mail, send your application materials to:

Office of Admission
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0102
First Year Application Deadline: Dec. 1

Contact the Office of Admission

502 E. Boone Avenue
(800) 322-2584