Category Archives: Northwest

Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington

While I was in Spokane, I also visited Gonzaga University.  Gonzaga is a medium sized (about 4700 Undergraduates) Private University that has Jesuit roots.  What a beautiful campus!

I took a tour with 2 students and some of the unique things that I discovered there is that this could be a great campus for a strong academic student that loves the outdoors, wants to grow to be a better person and has a passion for social service.

Like many private schools, Gonzaga prides themselves in having small classrooms (average size class is 22 and faculty/student ratio is 12:1).  I enjoyed seeing the different department buildings.  Most buildings had themes — the Engineering building looked very industrial, the Science building looked like a hospital and the business building looked very corporate.

Students on this campus are very active.  They love the outdoors and they have an “outdoor leadership” team that plans weekend activities for every weekend.  Some of these activities include hiking, camping, back packing, skiing, rafting or horseback riding.  Students are also very involved in the intramurals on campus (they are known as being in the top 20 schools for intramural involvement).

Some of their fun traditions include — camping out before basketball games to get good seats, coffee house showcases wehre local bands perform in the Crosby Center, Guts — a student run improve comedy show, and Halloween Trick-or-Treat.

Students are known to be very well-balanced.  They perform well academically, butr also tend to be very involved on campus and off-campus.  Below are some pictures that I took on my tour of the campus.

Below is a picture of their campus chapel

It is a fun tradition to paint campus news and activities on this wall

Below is a picture of the inside of the student union

The campus is within walking distance to downtown.  Students enjoy walking to fun shops and restaurants.
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Whitworth University

This springI had the opportunity to fly up to Washington and visit a couple of colleges in Spokane.  My first college I visited was Whitworth University.  Both of my sisters graduated from Whitworth University so it was fun for me to visit for two reasons — it was fun to go now as a consultant and it was also fun to visit my brother-in-law who now works at the University in the Alumni Relations/Development Office.

The mission of the University is to provide “an education of mind and heart” through rigorous and open intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars.  Whitworth is affiliated with the Presbyterian denomination, but many different denominations and faiths are represented on the campus.  Whitworth is know as being more layed back (in comparion to other Christian Universities) where students create their own dorm policies and rules.

Whitworth has over 100 different programs and majors (which is a lot for a Private Christian University).  Their current enrollment is 2453 in undergraduate students and continues to grow 2-5% each year in students.  Every time I visit Whitworth, there are new buildings — they are currently building a new Science hall that will open in Fall 2011.

Many different students would fit well on this campus.  If you are interested in a faith-based University with competitvie academics, diverse study abroad options in Washington, Whitworth might be a great fit for you.  Below are some of the pictures I took of the campus.

Below is the Admissions Office:

Below is a picture of the center of their campus.  Students enjoy playing frisbee and just hanging out on the grass
Below is a picture of a typical classroom
 Below is a picture of one of their dorms