Gonzaga Application Essay

Gonzaga University takes a holistic approach to admission by carefully reviewing academic measures, student involvement, and character.

We're looking for motivated students who will benefit from the University's challenging academic programs and will positively contribute to our campus with extracurricular achievement, community involvement, and diverse personal interests.

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Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester:

Early Action (non-binding) - November 15th (postmarked or online submission date)
Regular Decision - February 1st (postmarked or online submission date)

Spring Semester:

November 15th (postmarked or online submission date)

*Remember: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1. We encourage families to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA Filing Priority Consideration Date for first-year students is February 1.

How to apply:

  • Submit the Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission online. To directly add Gonzaga to your “My Colleges” list on the Common Application click here. 
  • Submit one Teacher Evaluation and one  School Report through the Common Application. Forms/letters can be mailed to the Admission Office, if not submitted online. Homeschooled students: The School Report can be submitted by your homeschool instructor, but the teacher evaluation needs to come from someone other than your homeschool instructor (Community College teacher, pastor, employer, etc).
  • Send a copy of your official transcripts to the Office of Admission. If you have completed any college courses (this includes all WA state participants of the Running Start Program), official college transcripts need to be sent as well.
  • Submit score reports from either the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I), or the American College Test (ACT). Gonzaga's institution code for the SAT I is 4330, and the ACT code is 4458. *Gonzaga does not accept SAT II Subject tests. 
  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Applicants can pay the fee through the Common Application.
    • Applicants suffering financial hardship may have this fee waived by selecting the “Common App Fee Waiver” when filing out the Common Application.  Please note that applicants must demonstrate need by selecting one of seven possible financial hardship categories, and that your counselor will be asked to verify your response.
    • Applicants may also be eligible for one of the following application fee waivers:  GU Alumni fee waiver or ROTC Scholarship applicants.  Choose the appropriate waiver on the payment site of the Common App.
  • Before sending us your application, check to be sure you've completed all the necessary pieces. A finished application includes:
    • The Common Application for Undergraduate Admission including the Personal Essay and Activities List
    • SAT I or ACT test scores
    • Official high school (and college, if applicable) transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor in an academic area
    • Common Application School Report

Direct Entry

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. 

Nursing

Gonzaga's Nursing Program accepts first-year applications only.  Applicants must choose "Nursing" on their application to be considered. Admission to nursing is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline). 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 a four-year 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 – 9 semester degree. 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. 

Engineering

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.  Admission to engineering is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline).


If sending any documents via mail, send your application materials to:

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

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum while showing evidence of ability to complete the University's requirements for graduation.

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

English4 years
Mathematics3-4 years (including algebra I, geometry, algebra II / trigonometry) 
History or Social Studies 3 years 
Foreign Language2-3 years of a single language, including American Sign Language
Science 3-4 years (natural or physical laboratory science) 

Course rigor is a key component in determining admissibility and merit awards. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves with a curriculum they can manage, including AP, IB, and honors courses (if offered by the high school).

Gonzaga's Office of Admission reviews each application thoroughly. Although we have no set minimum GPA/test score requirements, please consider guidelines below. Any prospective student may have an admission interview, but they are highly encouraged if a student has:

  • An unweighted GPA at or below 3.2
  • A "new SAT" combined score for Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math at or below 1150
  • An "old SAT" combined score for Critical Reading and Math at or below 1070
  • An ACT composite score at or below 23

Interviews may be done in person as part of a campus visit, on the phone or via video chat, or possibly where you live. If you are not visiting campus, please contact your Admission Counselor to discern the best option.

The Office of Admission carefully considers the following items as part of the application to Gonzaga University:

  • Curriculum and school
  • Grade point average and grade trends
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • College essay
  • Activities and honors
  • Character

Nursing & Engineering Requirements

Gonzaga's Nursing and Engineering programs are considered “direct admission” and students must declare either major on the Common Application to be considered for one of the programs.  

Nursing 

Gonzaga's Nursing Program accepts first-year applications only.  Applicants must choose "Nursing" on their application to be considered. Admission to nursing is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline). 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 a four-year 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 – 9 semester degree. 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. 

Engineering 

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.  Admission to engineering is competitive and we recommend applying Early Action (Nov 15th deadline).

SAT and ACT Policy

Gonzaga University would like students to provide all results from every administration of the SAT and/or ACT taken. Gonzaga will combine students' best individual section scores from separate exams. The optional essay is not required for either test.

The incoming freshman class had an average ACT composite score of 28 and an SAT EBRW plus Math composite score of 1260.

Home-School Policy

Home-schooled students represent a unique and important population in Gonzaga University's applicant pool. Students and families choose home-schooling for a variety of reasons and implement a variety of instructional methods. Therefore, an application from a home-schooled student receives highly individualized attention.

As a home-schooled student we ask that you answer all home-school questions on the Common Application School Report. 

The Admission Committee will consider all submitted materials and encourages applicants to arrange an admission interview, if possible. Please contact the Office of Admission with questions.

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