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Ten Things You May Not Know about Gonzaga University

Posted on March 22, 2017 in: Academics



Gonzaga’s Founder Fr. Joseph Cataldo, S.J. (GU Archives)

1. One hundred and thirty years and still going strong. It all started in 1887 when Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J., purchased the land we sit upon for 936 silver coins and established this Jesuit, Catholic university.



President Thayne McCulloh congratulates Gonzaga student-athlete Przemek Karnowski upon earning his bachelor’s degree last May. (GU photo)

2. Our student-athletes’ Graduation Success Rate of 98 percent puts Gonzaga at No. 3 in the nation. There they go again, making us look good!


3. Career Fair

Gonzaga’s Career Center offers many resources to help students find jobs.

3. Zags hit the ground running. Ninety-four percent of the 2016 graduating class is gainfully employed, performing service work or continuing their education. Talk about hustle!


4. Tod Marshall

English Professor and State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall (Gonzaga photo)

4. English Professor Tod Marshall is Washington State’s Poet Laureate. He builds appreciation of poetry through visits to communities statewide. Now that’s what we call a road less traveled.


5. Florence

Gonzaga-in-Florence. (Gonzaga photo)

5. Parli Italiano? Forty-seven percent of Zags study abroad at some point during their time here.




6. Cortez-Masto

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada

6. A proud first: Gonzaga Law School alumna Catherine Marie Cortez Masto was elected the country’s first Latina U.S. senator (Nevada) in November 2016.



8. UW-Gonzaga U. Regional Health Partnership – White-coat

UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership. (GU photo)

7. The doctors are in. We’re now educating talented medical students on our campus thanks to our innovative partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine.




A student in Benin, West Africa. (Gonzaga photo)

8. Serving our purpose: For the last four years, more of our graduates have headed to the Peace Corps than from any other school our size.




The apiary atop the Hemmingson Center. (Gonzaga photo)

9. Bee healthy! Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center has an apiary, hydroponic greenhouse and rooftop garden that helps supply fresh, organic produce for student dining.


10. GU-Football Team 1910

The 1910-11 GU football team. (Photo courtesy Gonzaga University Archives)

10. Gonzaga football has been undefeated for 75 years! OK, so the sport was dropped in 1941 due to World War II and the lack of available men, but not until after we sent 23 players to the NFL.

Want to know more about Gonzaga? Start here.

  1. dewey white
    Posted April 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Thank You, that is great information, I am from Raleigh NC and I will be pulling for an Gonzaga (wake technical college alum)