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Admission Requirements

Gonzaga University will be “test optional” for the Class of 2021:
Both the College Board and ACT, Inc., have canceled numerous testing opportunities given the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Gonzaga University will suspend the admission requirement of an SAT or ACT score for those applying for college admission for fall 2021. We will continue to review applications holistically, as described below. We also recognize that high schools may choose to use a “Pass/Fail” grading option, and that will not disadvantage students in the admission process.

Please see the COVID 19 Admission FAQ for additional information.

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:

English 4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years (including algebra I, geometry, algebra II / trigonometry) 
History or Social Studies  3 years 
Foreign Language 2-3 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). Students are also encouraged to take 4 to 5 academic courses in senior year.

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 SAT combined score for Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math at or below 1150
  • An ACT composite score at or below 23

Interviews may be done in person as part of a campus visit, virtually, or possibly where you live. 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
  • College essay
  • Activities and honors
  • Character
  • SAT or ACT scores (Gonzaga University will be “test optional” for the Class of 2021)

* Please see the Admission COVID-19 FAQ for additional information on our admission policy

*Learn about admission process and test score policies for international students here.

*Consideration of Disciplinary and Criminal Conviction in Gonzaga University Admission: Gonzaga University considers the six factors listed above when reviewing undergraduate applications for admission. Gonzaga University does ask whether an applicant has a school disciplinary record or criminal history. An applicant will not automatically or unreasonably be denied admission due to criminal history or disciplinary action. However, additional information may be requested to provide greater context to the nature and timing of violations prior to an admission decision being made.

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.  


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 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. 


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 prepared for college calculus and have a strong high school science curriculum. A selective group of students who show potential for engineering, but need more preparation in math and science, may be offered a pre-engineering option.

SAT and ACT Policy

Gonzaga University will be “test optional” for the Class of 2021. When submitting scores, Gonzaga 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. If you have further questions about our SAT and/or ACT Policy, please reach out to your admission counselor.

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

*Test score requirement update for students affected by test center closures due to Coronavirus
Gonzaga University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in place of the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and ACT exams for international undergraduate applicants affected by testing center closures due to the Coronavirus. Duolingo tests taken between February 3, 2020 and July 31, 2020 will be accepted. Applicants will need to receive a Duolingo score of 110 or higher to satisfy the testing requirement and will be required to take Gonzaga’s English placement exam when they enroll.

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.

Contact the Office of Admission

502 E. Boone Avenue
(800) 322-2584