(pronounced "gahn-ZAG-uh") is a private, co-educational university located in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, it is one of 28 member
institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and was named after the
patron saint of youth, Aloysius Gonzaga. The campus has 87
buildings scattered along 108 acres (437,000 m²) of grassy land along the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half mile from downtown Spokane.Gonzaga's liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum, which integrates philosophy, theology, mathematics, literature,
natural and social sciences, and extensive writing in students' major disciplines. In addition, Gonzaga offers programs in
preparation to professional schools in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing and veterinary medicine. Gonzaga also sponsors an Army
ROTC program. Students may study abroad at Gonzaga's campus in Florence, Italy, or at other programs in England, France, Spain, Japan, China and Mexico. Biology majors
have options for field studies in Australia, Baja-Mexico, British West Indies, Costa Rica and Kenya.The annual 2004-05 budget is listed on the university's website as being $100.43 million, with an annual payroll of $47.40
million. Average class size is 25, and there are 299 employed faculty. There are 44 Jesuits on campus, as well as 582 non-faculty
employees. Enrollment in totality is estimated to be about 5,826 (about 3,945 undergraduate) students. Gonzaga's Law School, once
thought to be among the top in the northwest United States, currently has 627 students enrolled.
Both singer Bing Crosby and former Speaker of the House Tom
Foley attended Gonzaga, though neither graduated there. Washington governor Christine Gregoire, the state's first female state attorney general, and George Nethercutt, former Representative and 2004 Republican candidate
for US Senate, are alumni of Gonzaga Law School.Among sports figures, John Stockton of NBA's Utah Jazz fame, the New Orleans Hornets'
Dan Dickau,Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay, and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Rookie of the Year
guard Ryan Patingale are all graduates.
Gonzaga University, officially nicknamed the Bulldogs
but often called the Zags
, is part of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. Its men's basketball team, which did not
make its first appearance in the NCAA tournament until 1995 (more than a
decade after Stockton graduated), has become nationally prominent since making the regional finals of the NCAA tournament ("Elite
Eight") in 1999.Gonzaga University basketball games are now held in the newly constructed McCarthey Athletic
Center.Like many smaller private universities, Gonzaga discontinued its football program during World War II, due to