Gonzaga University is among the best 321 U.S., Canadian, and British colleges and universities featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017,” the publication announced in June. Compiled by Edward Fiske, the former education editor for The New York Times, the publication has served as a top independent guide to the best schools for more than 30 years.
“Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017” is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at what it calls the “best and most interesting” schools. Readers will discover Gonzaga’s distinctive personality based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities.
The 2017 edition describes Gonzaga as a “solid regional liberal arts university committed to the Jesuit ideal of educating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit,” and gives the university high marks for its remarkable sense of community.
“Community is a word tossed around quite frequently at all college campuses,” a psychology major told the publication, “but at GU, community is almost a belief.”
While the sustained success of the Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball programs might inspire the most vocal examples of the university’s spirit, the publication notes students say Gonzaga’s long-held commitments to religious and humanistic values and social justice run deep.
“The holistic Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person means that classes from our core curriculum tie into courses from our majors and minors, which is really fun,” a business administration major told the guide.
The publication also lauds Gonzaga for many other attributes, including the following:
Community Service: “Each spring, nearly 200 students travel to sites across the nation to participate in community service projects through Mission Possible, and the university ranks tops in alumni Peace Corps volunteers nationwide.”
Academics: Students describe the academic climate as rigorous but collaborative. “At times it may be competitive,” says one junior, “but everyone works together because we all realize that we go to such an academically challenging university.”
Study Abroad Programs: “The centerpiece program for study abroad is Gonzaga-in-Florence, which offers students of any major, including engineering, the opportunity to study at Gonzaga’s campus in Florence, Italy, without interrupting their four-year path to graduation.” Gonzaga offers many other study abroad programs, as well.
University Ministry: “The Freshman Retreat offers incoming students the chance to escape for a weekend and bond with classmates through games and other activities.”
Student Experience: “Everyone brings their own experiences, ideas, and dreams,” a biology major observes, “and it’s amazing to go to a school where people try to foster growth in all aspects of life.”
(Edited from an original story published by Gonzaga University.)