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At-a-Glance 2010-11 Did you know? 7,800 students are Zags Over 1,100 faculty & staff $222 million annual budget $57 million awarded in institutional aid to students Ranked 4th best regional university in the West /U.S. News & World Report 14 intercollegiate sports 23 intramural sports 20 spiritual retreats 95 student clubs & organizations 25 residence halls & apartment complexes Over 100,000 hours of community service performed annually 24 faiths represented on campus Founded in 1887 We are ZAGS!

Other GU Fast Facts $15,220 undergraduate tuition per semester (full-time) $850 per undergraduate credit $775 per graduate credit $830 per doctoral credit $1,088 per law school credit 158 student-athletes named to WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2009-10 10:1 student/faculty ratio 23 students average class size 87 percent of faculty have earned a terminal degree in their teaching area 40 percent of students study abroad 131 acre campus on the Spokane River 105 buildings 3,000 students live in University housing Blue, white and red are school colors Spike the bulldog is the Gonzaga mascot Bulldogs and Zags are athletic nicknames

Welcome to Gonzaga

We are a comprehensive regional university in Spokane, Wash. Located on the north shore of the Spokane River, Gonzaga is dedicated to its Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic roots, educating the mind, body and spirit to create women and men for others. By thinking critically and acting justly students are encouraged to embody the Ignatian ideals of faith, justice, service, ethics and leadership.


Gonzaga offers six undergraduate degrees in 53 majors, 20 master’s degrees, one juris doctorate and one Ph.D. The University boasts a College of Arts and Sciences and five other schools: Business, Education, Engineering and Applied Science, Law and Professional Studies. Check out what others say about Gonzaga’s rigorous educational offerings and campus life at

Student Life

Ask students about their experience at Gonzaga, and their answer will include the word ‘community’. Life at Gonzaga is knit together tightly by activities that focus on a positive human spirit, from daily Masses to weekly coffee houses, from floating the river to a myriad of intramural sports, from service work to neighborhood parties, theater performances and Bulldog basketball games. At Gonzaga, everyone counts.

Inspired by her positive welcome to campus one year ago, this fall Mychal helped build the new-student orientation program for incoming freshmen. This year’s freshman class averaged a 3.73 high school GPA and 1,202 SAT score. There are 16 senior class and nine student body presidents in the group. They come from 481 high schools, and 18.2 are from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Mychal Ferger, sophomore, communications major

Campus Living

Residence halls offer students options for all-male, all-female or co-ed living experiences, with genders usually separated by floors or wings. Most rooms are doubles, with a few single and triple options. Hall sizes range from 40 to over 300 residents. Residence halls are equipped with laundry facilities, basic cable service, Internet service, in-room local telephone service, and television lounge areas. Gonzaga’s apartment complexes offer students full kitchen amenities.

Campus Dining

The Marketplace is Gonzaga’s primary dining hall. Students also may use their meal pass at any of the campus dining options: Marketplace Express in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall (open weekdays for lunch), Panda Express, also in Cataldo Hall (Chinese fare), Sub-Connection in the lower COG, Spike’s in the lower COG (open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday), and Iggy’s Pizza Pie (named for St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, campus pizza delivery…It’s a spiritual experience!). A new feature in Spike’s is Freshen’s frozen yogurt. Coffee stations dot the campus.

What it Means to be Jesuit

The Society of Jesus was founded 470 years ago as an order of Catholic priests and brothers with an emphasis on education and mission work. The genius of the Jesuit educational tradition lies in these characteristics: a love of learning, faith that does justice, personal care for the individual, active learning, appreciation of culture, gratitude, specialized learning balanced with the liberal arts and development of the whole person.

“Being a Zag is like having a second family. I’ve never had a better community where I fit in so well. I love walking around campus and saying hi to everyone and getting a smile and a ‘hi’ back. You live for this family atmosphere; the faculty care about you and so do the students. It’s great to be a Zag, and Spokane loves the Zags.” Justin Tai, senior, Kennel Club president, accounting major

Community Impact

The stories of Gonzaga and Spokane have been intertwined and connected for nearly as long as both have existed. Spokane is home to about 7,800 GU alumni and to most of its 7,750 students. Gonzaga is Spokane’s fifth-largest nongovernmental employer with almost 1,200 employees. GU students volunteer more than 100,000 hours annually. Businesses, non-profit institutions, courts and other government offices benefit from Gonzaga interns, researchers and student assistants. Many of Spokane’s leaders are Gonzaga-educated.

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PACCAR Center for Applied Science received Gold LEED certification for the University’s care in developing this environmentally sustainable building Nursing students and faculty provide patients at Spokane hospitals and care centers with more than 2,000 hours of care per week Enrollment reached an all-time high in fall 2009 of 7,628 students More donors gave to Gonzaga last year than ever before; students are beneficiaries of this generosity Students participated in five summer programs in Africa Gonzaga began work with ACT Six and Jesuit Commons, two efforts to make education accessible to all Gonzaga received grants of nearly $1.8 million to support diverse, rigorous and transformational student learning A School of Education team conducted research and issued findings on how to improve graduation rates in Spokane Public Schools

Our President

Dr. Thayne McCulloh received his bachelor’s degree from GU in 1989 and went on to earn his doctorate from Oxford University. He has worked in administrative and academic capacities here for 20 years, and became Gonzaga’s first lay president in July 2010. Dr. McCulloh exemplifies Jesuit education and is committed to preserving the University’s Jesuit mission.

Gonzaga received a $340,000 grant from the Department of the Air Force for discovery of high-performance biomaterials for defense applications A grant from the EPA funded School of Engineering research in ways to use briquettes from agricultural residue in biomass syngas-fueled power generators Through an IRS grant, Gonzaga’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic helped citizens all over eastern Washington Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Gonzaga business students and faculty partnered with local and federal law enforcement officials to assist fraud victims Women’s basketball advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Sweet 16, and men’s basketball made its 12th straight trip to the Big Dance Dr. Thayne McCulloh was named Gonzaga’s 26th president on July 16, 2010

Contact information: Marketing & Communications Office 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane, WA 99258-0070 509.313.6398 Follow Gonzaga:


Near Nature, Near Perfect is the city’s slogan, and Gonzaga students find their home here quite charming. With 76 lakes, five skiing areas, 20 golf courses and three major shopping malls within a short drive of campus, what’s not to like? Paint ball, laser tag, bowling and rock climbing options abound. Multiple music venues, live theater and Broadway plays, Spokane Symphony and three professional sports teams (Spokane Shock arena football, Spokane Chiefs hockey and Spokane Indians baseball) add a lively spirit to the mix. The city’s population is about 200,000, and the Greater Spokane area encompasses about 450,000 people. This translates to big city conveniences without the congestion.

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