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Gonzaga University

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Feb 14 2014Psychology
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My comment is only related to the student body and social life. To begin, you can expect there to be a very limited amount of diversity in the student body with regards to social status, race, and personality. This school draws students largely from private Jesuit schools around the west coast. The student body is homogenous and unless you fit a very narrow minded mold, you will likely not make many lasting relationships. The reason this school is advertised as having an unmatched sense of "community" is because the students personalities are all the same and for the most part so are their values and beliefs. There are of course exceptions to the typical student, but they are few and far between. When deciding to attend this school, I was convinced that it was big enough to find all sorts of people. Don't fool yourself, you will know most everybody with in your first semester. If you have any concern that you might not fit in with the students here, choose a different school because chances are your fears will be realized. The social environment is similar to High School, in that there is still a sense of who is popular amongst students, and the "social ladder" is still very relevant. This of course comes with drama and exclusion. As a freshman on the weekends you can expect to find a lot of drinking, as you would find at any school. While its still warm out, most students will wander the streets aimlessly looking for a party that they wont get into. Suppose you get lucky and get into a party, it will have no alcohol (despite paying a 5$ cover fee at the door) and be jammed with people to the point where you cant move. Further, you better have brought a lot of friends with you because you shouldn't expect to make any there. Most students will stick with the people they know and rarely are open to meeting new people. My suggestion to you, if you decide to go here, find a solid group of friends whom you like and just drink and kick back with them in the dorms or at a house. It is usually worthless to try and find a good house party as a freshman or sophomore, once you are an upperclassmen you will probably have an expanded group of friends and your own house, so having a party or going to one is not as difficult and I am sure is a lot more fun. All in all, this school is for a very narrow population. If you know students from a local private Jesuit High School, or affluent public school, expect most students at Gonzaga to be the same. The student body is friendly for the most part, and nobody is really malicious or hurtful to one another. Most kids are decently smart, but lack any sort of creativity or innovation. One could describe the general student body as, for lack of a better word, "common" or "basic".
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
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Faculty Accessibility: B, Social Life: C-
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Aug 21 2013Business - Management and Administration
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Most of us hear the good news by the marketing the school provides, but one tells you those uncomfortable moments the schools makes you go through. This school is located in Spokane WA which is absolutely beautiful, but other then that if you are planning on going expect some of the professors to be very racists. I am a very smart student and completed exams knowing that I would get a good grade, however, if the professor believed you are wrong you are wrong, even if the person sitting next to you has the exact same argument.

Expect also to be very pressured and receive threatening emails about payments about the next school your even before you finish the semester.

If you are planning on working somewhere in Seattle or Spokane then this school is perfect for you. Other then that they don't have a large network in other parts of the states.

4th Year Male -- Class 2013
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Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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Jun 06 2013Psychology
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DO NOT GO TO GONZAGA. Honestly I believed I was going to a fantastic private university but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Spokane is the worst place to live in the entire world. It is downwind from Handford which had been decided as "likely to cause cancer" and that people living in Spokane have higher rates of cancer and shouldn't live there longer than 20 years...I had to learn this fact IN ONE OF MY CLASSES. Also this town is filled with methed out "Spokies" and boasts higher crime rates than the national average. Of course Gonzaga reps would never tell you this.They will tell you whatever it takes to get you to attend. I heard several tours on campus where they would just tell blatant lies. The freshman dorms are horrible. You also are FORCED to live on campus and buy a meal plan both your freshman and sophomore year (even though housing is terrible and the food is inedible) If you get stuck in a dorm you don't like get out because that is the only place you will make friends. The food is unreal. I cannot believe food like that is allowed to be served to anyone. Straight up I had to use my own money to buy groceries every week because the food made me feel like I was going to die. The teachers at Gonzaga are, for the most part, very helpful and care about their students. However if you want to be challenged I would avoid Gonzaga. Classes move slow and if you recieve work it will be busy work. On another note for the ladies; sexual crimes are rampant at this school. I am so thankful I transferred and didn't waste another year of my life at this TERRIBLE SCHOOL.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
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