Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University
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Latin: Universitas Gonzagae
Former names
Gonzaga College
MottoAd majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Motto in English
For the Greater Glory of God
TypePrivate Non-profit
EstablishedSeptember 17, 1887
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment$181.4 million (2016)[1]
PresidentThayne McCulloh
Academic staff
418 Full-time
Students7,501 (Fall 2017)[2]
Undergraduates5,210 (Fall 2017)[2]
Postgraduates2,291 (Fall 2017)[2]
LocationSpokane, Washington, U.S.
47°40′03″N 117°24′09″W / 47°40′03″N 117°24′09″W / 47.6675; -117.4025
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Gonzaga University ə/[4] is a private, Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Washington, United States.[5][6] Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.[7] It is named for the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The campus houses 105 buildings on 152 acres (62 ha) of grassland along the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half-mile (800 m) from downtown Spokane.

The university was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, an Italian-born priest and missionary. He established the Catholic school for local Native Americans whom he served.[8]

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its 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.[9][10]


Gonzaga's campus owns 105 buildings on 152 acres.[11] The university is home to two large libraries. Foley Center Library is Gonzaga's main graduate and undergraduate library, opened in 1992.[12] Chastek Law Library primarily serves the Gonzaga University School of Law, erected in 2000. The Rosauer School of Education building was completed in 1994.[12]

Gonzaga hosts many unique pieces of artwork, largely devoted to historical religious figures and prominent Catholics. Among the most notable are statues of St. Ignatius, St. Joseph, St. Aloysius, and alumnus Bing Crosby by Deborah Copenhaver Fellows. The Jundt Art Center and Museum established in 1995 also features a variety of artwork from differing periods.[12] The spires of St. Aloysius Church are a landmark of the Spokane area.[12]

Due to an expanding student body, Gonzaga completed construction of a $60 million building that serves as the new Circulus Omnium Gonzagaorum (COG) "center of campus", the John J. Hemmingson Center which replaced the former COG that students used for over 60 years. The three-story building with almost 4 acres (1.6 ha; 167,000 sq ft) of floor space features an all-glass exterior. It was completed for the Fall 2015 semester.[13]

The university is also building the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, including a 750-seat theater.[14]

In addition to the campus in Spokane, Gonzaga's virtual campus offers a wide range of degree programs.[15]

360° panorama on the campus of Gonzaga University