Gonzaga University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 66%. Situated in Spokane, Washington, and named after 16th-century Italian Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the university is one of the country’s top Catholic colleges. An 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio backs academics. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from outside the classroom. Students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,563 (5,317 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male/53 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,140
  • Books: $1,158
  • Room and Board: $12,330
  • Other Expenses: $3,622
  • Total Cost: $62,250

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 51 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,160
    • Loans: $6,536

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 6 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 73 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Crew-Rowing, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Crew-Rowing, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • On the athletic front, the Gonzaga Bulldogs play in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Overview of Gonzaga University Admissions

Gonzaga University, which accepts two-thirds of applicants, has competitive admissions. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data             

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Gonzaga University had an acceptance rate of 66%.  For every 100 students who submitted applications, 66 students gained admission, making Gonzaga’s admissions process competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 71% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Gonzaga’s admitted students fall within the top 35% on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Gonzaga scored between 600 and 670 on the reading and writing section,  25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. 50% of students scored between 590 and 680 on the math section,  25% scored below 590, and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1350 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Gonzaga.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 48% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Gonzaga’s admitted students fall within the top 22% on the ACT exam. The median 50% of admitted students received a cumulative ACT score between 25 and 30, 25% scored above 30, and 25% scored below 25.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA of Gonzaga University’s freshmen class was 3.72, and over 50% of admitted students had GPAs of 3.75 and above. Successful applicants have A grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Gonzaga University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Gonzaga University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Cincinnati, Colorado State University, Seton Hall University, Pace University, Quinnipiac University, University of Arizona, University of Texas at Arlington

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Gonzaga University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

Binghamton University, University of Texas at Dallas, Penn State University Park, Stony Brook University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, Temple University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Gonzaga University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States Military Academy, University of Texas at Austin, Lehigh University, University of Georgia

Applying to Gonzaga University

Application Deadline: Rolling

Undergraduate Admissions Website: https://www.gonzaga.edu/undergraduate-admission

Undergraduate Application Link(s):  https://www.gonzaga.edu/undergraduate-admission/apply

Graduate Admissions Website: https://www.gonzaga.edu/admission/graduate-admission

Graduate Application Link(s): https://www.gonzaga.edu/admission/graduate-admission/apply

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