High School Counselor Information

Welcome, colleagues!

We are greatly appreciative of the support you offer to college-bound students and look forward to working with you throughout the application process. Please contact the Office of Admission with any questions you may have.

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About Gonzaga

Admission Policies

Admission Requirements

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

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3-4 years (including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry)
  • History/Social Studies: 3 years
  • Science: 3-4 years (Natural/Physical Science with Laboratories)
  • Foreign Language: 2-3 years (same language; ASL accepted)

*The Office of Admission highly encourages applicants to enroll in at least 5 academic courses in the senior year. 

Gonzaga has two academic programs that are considered “direct-entry” programs, meaning that a student must declare the major on the application to be considered for that program.


Gonzaga's Nursing Program accepts first-year applications only.  Applicants must choose "Nursing" on their application to be considered. Admission to nursing is competitive. 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 an 8 or 9 semester 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 or 9 semester degree program. 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. 


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.

Academic Profile

(averages for the incoming first-year class)

  • GPA: 3.73 (unweighted)
    Mid-50% range 3.6-3.9 (Unweighted)
  • Gonzaga is Test-Optional 
    • ACT: Mid-50% range 28-32* (writing test not required)
    • SAT: Mid-50% range 1250-1408*
    • Review our Test-Optional FAQ for additional information.

*Gonzaga does superscore, both the SAT and ACT if multiple testing dates' scores are submitted.

Admission Interviews

Admission interviews are encouraged, but not required for admission. Students who have taken a strong college-prep curriculum, but who have an unweighted GPA at or below 3.2 are highly encouraged to schedule an interview with their Admission Counselor. Interviews can be done, via phone, video conference (Zoom), or in person during a student's visit to campus. 

Running Start & Credit by Exam

The strength of an applicant's course curriculum is the most important factor in determining admissibility and eligibility for academic merit awards. Review policies for the exams listed below.

Dual Enrollment and Transfer Credit Database

Application Process

Common Application 

First-Year Application Deadlines:

  • Dec.1: Fall Admission Deadline
  • Feb. 1: Late Consideration Deadline
  • Dec. 1: Priority Deadline for FAFSA 

Transfer Application Deadlines:

  • June 1: Fall semester
  • Nov. 15: Spring semester

Notification Procedure:

Admission decisions will be mailed directly to the student by posted deadlines. Additionally, students will receive an email to check their application portal for their decision.  Decisions are not available over the phone.

  • Admission decision notification: mailed March 1
  • Transfer student notification: rolling
  • All first-year applicants have until May 1 to confirm enrollment.

Financial Aid Process/Timeline:

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) as soon as possible after October 1. Our Priority Deadline is December 1 (submissions are welcomed after Dec. 1).
  • Apply for additional Gonzaga scholarships by January 1 (except Music Scholarships which have a February 15 deadline and ROTC, which follows the Army deadlines starting with October 5, then January 11, and February 4).
  • Comprehensive financial aid packages are mailed out 2-3 weeks after acceptance is received (if student has filed the FAFSA).
  • The Gonzaga Guarantee ensures that Gonzaga funded scholarships and grants will not decrease if a student maintains satisfactory academic standing during continuous full-time, four-year undergraduate enrollment.

School Codes:

  • FAFSA 003778
  • SAT 4330
  • ACT 4458

Helpful Links:

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Office of Admission
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0102


Stephen Keller, Ed.D., Senior Director of Admission


Main Phone Number:

(800) 322-2584
(509) 313-6572


(509) 313-5780

Financial Aid:

(800) 793-1716
(509) 313-6582