Gonzaga University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Doctoral/Professional Universities
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Roman Catholic

Gonzaga University is a private catholic university located in Spokane, WA. Founded in 1887 by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, as an academy for local Native Americans, Gonzaga sits on over 150 acres along the Spokane River. The campus features over 105 buildings in a blended (but not contradictory) style of architecture. Spokane, known as the “Lilac City” celebrates the purple shrub with a Lilac Festival each May. It is a sister city to Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan and celebrates ‘Japan Week’ annually. The region is tech-savvy and forward-thinking in its economic base (clean/green energy and technology) having transitioned from traditional manufacturing and trade. Among its distinguished alumni, Gonzaga was the alma mater of Bing Crosby.

Academic Programs

Gonzaga University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in 92 fields of study. The university is comprised of seven colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Nursing and Human Physiology, and the School of Professional Studies. Gonzaga has received special recognition for its Nursing, Nursing Anesthesia, English Language, Teacher Ed, Music programs and the Law School; the largest programs are in Business (Commerce) and Engineering. Gonzaga’s Mission statement declares that it “… educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. In keeping with its Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic heritage and identity, Gonzaga models and expects excellence in academic and professional pursuits and intentionally develops the whole person — intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Through engagement with knowledge, wisdom, and questions informed by classical and contemporary perspectives, Gonzaga cultivates in its students the capacities and dispositions for reflective and critical thought, lifelong learning, spiritual growth, ethical discernment, creativity, and innovation.”

Student Life

The 7,000 students at Gonzaga occupy the 16 residence halls and apartments on (and off) campus; some of the living quarters include specific themes. There are also over 150 clubs to add to the campus experience and Intramural sports to add to the academic experience. The red & blue Gonzaga Bulldogs participate in 8 sports in the NCAA Division I-AAA; their mascot, Spike the Bulldog, has enjoyed the men’s basketball success in the March Madness tournament over the past several years! Traditions include an annual luau hosted by the Hawaii Pacific Islanders Club and the residence halls welcome children from the local community to “Trick or Treat” every Halloween. Throughout the time spent at the university, students are exposed to the core values of the school: Knowledge (including: Thinking; Communicating; Quantifying; Problem Solving; Specializing; Integrating and Imagining); Habits of mind and heart (including: Reflection; Ethical reasoning and action; Civic, cultural and intercultural engagement; A commitment to a just society and world and the courage to act justly; A commitment to developing one’s mind, body, and spirit)and A thoughtful, evolving spirituality (including: Discerning one’s faith and vocation; Engaging with the personal challenges of formation and transformation; Becoming women and men with and for others).

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