Gonzaga University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 66%. Located in Spokane, Washington and named after 16th-century Italian Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, the university is one of the country's top Catholic colleges. Academics are supported by a 12-to-1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Gonzaga Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The basketball team has met with notable success.

Considering applying to Gonzaga? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Gonzaga University had an acceptance rate of 66%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 66 students were admitted, making Gonzaga's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 8,402
Percent Admitted 66%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Gonzaga University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 670
Math 590 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Gonzaga's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Gonzaga scored between 600 and 670, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Gonzaga.

Requirements

Gonzaga does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Gonzaga participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Gonzaga requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 48% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 33
Math 25 29
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Gonzaga's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Gonzaga received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Gonzaga University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Gonzaga superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Gonzaga University's incoming freshmen class was 3.78, and over 50% of admitted students had GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Gonzaga have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Gonzaga University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Gonzaga University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Gonzaga University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Gonzaga University, which accepts two-thirds of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with high average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Gonzaga has a holistic admissions process involving factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. You can further improve your chances by writing a thoughtful response to one of the short answer questions on Gonzaga's supplement to the Common Application. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Gonzaga's average range. Note that applicants to Gonzaga's Nursing and Engineering programs have additional requirements.

Admissions interviews are encouraged, but not required for most applicants. Students with an average, unweighted GPA of 3.2 or below, an SAT combined score or 1150 or lower, or an ACT composite score of 23 or lower, are strongly encouraged to participate in an interview.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. The majority of admitted students had GPAs of B+/A- or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1100, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. A significant percentage of successful applicants had solid "A" averages.

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