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Gonzaga University

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About Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington. Providing a Catholic liberal arts education, we are dedicated to the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic ideals of educating the mind, body and spirit to create men and women for others. Located on the north bank of the Spokane River, Gonzaga University inspires and transforms people to shape a better world through education, character, service and faith.

Gonzaga University serves its community and the world through education, scholarship, artistic expression and professional and community engagement.  As an institution of higher learning, Gonzaga is committed to the education of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit, aspiring to graduate well-rounded women and men who will make a difference for good in their communities and the world.

As a Jesuit Mission of the Catholic Church, Gonzaga University exists to teach and educate students at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate (Master's, Law, Doctoral) levels with a view towards combining a rigorous, contemporary academic program with specific values reflected in Jesuit and Catholic teaching.  The responsibility for achieving this mission is not restricted to Jesuits or to those engaged in ministry; it is the responsibility of the University leadership and all who work and study at Gonzaga.  The complexity associated with combining academic programs with Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic values is real and ongoing; it can only be accomplished by facilitating a continuous dialogue within the campus community and fostering opportunities for the development of, and engagement in, practices that the community embraces and imparts.

Campus information

Today, it is known as Gonzaga University, a private, four-year institution of higher education. More than 105 buildings dot the 131-acre campus overlooking the Spokane River. Students include both women and men, who can enroll in a multitude of undergraduate or graduate programs. Enrollment for the 2013-14 academic year was 7,691 students.

Gonzaga University is located in Spokane, Washington, a metropolitan area of 688,000 people, which serves as the financial and cultural center of the inland northwest section of the United States.

Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington


The Department of Housing and Residence Life is a comprehensive unit within the Division of Student Development focusing resources and efforts on helping all students with their housing needs both on and off campus.

Students are required to live on campus and dine in community with their peers for the first two years (four semesters, not including summer term), unless married or 21 years or older. Through this requirement, we are excited to provide transformational community experiences as this creates a community of mattering that is around 3,000 strong, on campus.

One of the many aspects that students love about being at Gonzaga is the strong feeling of community. The Housing and Residence Life Department has created a Community Development Model that we feel supports this notion, as well as enhancing and building upon the work that you will be doing inside the classroom. Our Community Development Model is rooted in the University’s Jesuit identity and supported by the theory and best practices of the Housing Profession. 

For students eligible to live off campus, we are here to provide assistance to those needing guidance locating apartments and houses at reasonable prices in the surrounding neighborhood or greater Spokane area. There is substantial information for such students on this site, including a virtual bulletin board of current vacancies offered by landlords who prefer student tenants.  And we invite students needing additional guidance to drop into our main office with questions.  In addition, email inquiries are welcomed at

Additional info

Gonzaga University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offers centralized support to all international undergraduate, graduate, transfer, exchange, and visiting students attending Gonzaga University, as well as visiting and full-time faculty and research scholars from abroad. In addition, ISSS serves as a resource to faculty, staff, students, and departments working with Gonzaga's diverse international populations. The ISSS office specializes in:

  • Immigration services for F and J students and scholars
  • International admissions, foreign transcript evaluation and articulation
  • Pre and post-arrival orientation
  • FUN events and activities with groups and clubs across campus
  • Academic and immigration advising and workshops
  • International student recruitment and marketing
  • Graduate department and student support
  • Collaboration with partner and exchange institutions abroad
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Student and faculty employment authorization and tax assistance
  • International programming and career networking opportunities
  • Intercultural competence opportunities for staff and faculty


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Education and Teaching 2 Engineering 2 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 MBA 1


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