Admissions Blog

Reasons to Apply Early Action

Posted by Erik Hoffman on October 31, 2014

Gonzaga’s non-binding Early Action Deadline  (November 15) is only about two weeks away!

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The Value(s) of Gonzaga

Posted by Erik Hoffman on October 23, 2014

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Evaluating Your Application

Posted on October 07, 2014

As our Early Action application deadline approaches on November 15, we thought it would be helpful for you to know what exactly it is we look for when we review your application to Gonzaga. It’s actually fairly simple. It comes down to six basic things.

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Getting a Strong Teacher Recommendation

Posted on October 03, 2014

LAImmersion1web.jpgAs our November 15, Early Action application deadline approaches, we’re often getting questions from students about teacher recommendations. How many teacher recommendations do we want? What do we look for in those recommendations? Which teachers should you ask to write them? If you’re planning to apply for our November 15th deadline, it’s wise to ask your teachers very soon about writing those for you (if you haven’t done so already) to give them plenty of time to write good letters that will reach us in time. So, as you go about getting those from your teachers, here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.

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Some Tips as You Finish Your App

Posted by Erik Hoffman on September 05, 2014

We're less than a month away from our non-binding Early Action deadline of November 15. My colleagues and I have chatted with a lot of you in person so far this fall about your applications and have offered tips about how to make them as strong as possible. However, we sadly can't have these conversations with every student who applies to Gonzaga. So, in an attempt to cast our net a bit wider in spreading the word, I thought I'd put some of these bits of advice up on our blog.

First things first. We're a Common App-exclusive school. That means our only application for admission is through the Common App. What's the Common App? Basically, it's a generic college application that many colleges and universities, particularly private ones, use. One of its main purposes is to save you, the student, time by reducing the number of different applications you need to complete. If you're planning to apply to multiple schools who are Common App members, essentially you can do one basic application to all those schools. Each school has some unique items (sometimes an additional essay or short answer question, for example) on its Member Page. However, most of the application is the same for all member schools. So, you can begin the process of applying by creating an account for yourself on Common App.

To avoid reinventing the proverbial wheel, though, please check out the previous posts that we've done on this topic herehere, and--the granddaddy of them all--here. Keep in mind, too, that we offer an optional admission interview, which is also considered when we review a student's application. There's some advice and info about that here.

Okay, if you've read through all that, but you're still desperate for even more pearls of application wisdom from us... well, how could we turn you away? Here are a few more quick nuggets for you:

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Check Out Our Virtual Tour!

Posted by Erik Hoffman on September 01, 2014

We know that getting to Spokane to visit Gonzaga isn't easy for some of our prospective students. Perhaps you live far away. Maybe the cost of a trip here is just too expensive for you and your family. Or possibly your schedule is just too busy for you to get away to visit us. Whatever the reason, we want to help you see and experience GU, even if you can't make the trip out here in person. 

So to help you with that, we have a great virtual tour of campus for you. You can visit all the areas of campus that you'd see on Gonzaga's normal campus tour route, plus some extra spots that aren't even included on our usual tour. Check it out!

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Why do an Admissions Interview?

Posted on August 28, 2014

Looking for one more way to strengthen your application to Gonzaga? You might want to consider doing an admission interview. Here’s what admission interviews at Gonzaga are all about.

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GEL Weekend: Build your Gonzaga Experience

Posted by Kyle S. on March 17, 2014

Kyle Swartz is a senior at Gonzaga studying Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Kyle came to Gonzaga from Toledo, OH where he graduated from St. John's Jesuit High School. Kyle is our GEL Student Coordinator and would like to share with you a little more about what GEL Weekend is all about. To register for GEL or to learn more about it, please go to

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Congratulations, Early Action Accepts!

Posted by Erik Hoffman on January 13, 2014

Happy New Year from the Office of Admission here at Gonzaga! And if you were admitted to Gonzaga in our Early Action pool, congratulations!* We read so many amazing applications in our Early Action pool. Many of you have been active in music, theater, dance, and athletics. A lot of you have held jobs throughout high school, and some have even started their own businesses. We're still awed by the sheer number of you who've used some of your remaining free time for volunteer service in your communities. On top of that, so many of you shared stories and future goals in your essays that inspired us. And, finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't say how impressed we were with the commitment to academics we saw among our Early Action applicants. Gonzaga offers exceptional academic programs that will allow you to continue in the next phase of your academic journey. 

If you're an Early Action accept, here are some other bits of information to keep in mind going forward:

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An Update on the Common App

Posted by Erik Hoffman on October 28, 2013

If you've been following news about the rollout of, you know that launching a new website for the masses can sometimes have its hiccups. Just like many who were eager to apply for health insurance have encountered problems with that site, we’ve heard from several students, counselors, and teachers who have faced some problems completing the Common App this fall. Since Gonzaga exclusively uses the Common App as our application for admission, we thought it might be helpful to update you about what's going on and to offer some tips if you’re having problems with it as you’re trying to apply for our Early Action deadline on Nov. 15.

First, let's start with the basic facts about what's going on. The Common App implemented a complete overhaul of its web infrastructure in August. Their goal was to make applying to colleges through the Common App more user-friendly and efficient. Unfortunately, they're still ironing out some of the kinks in their new system.

These are some of the problems we've heard about so far:

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