Gonzaga University is a private catholic university located in the University District Neighborhood in Spokane, Washington. This University offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees through seven different colleges. The institution is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
In 1880 the priest Joseph Cataldo built a schoolhouse on the Peone Prairie in NE Spokane to serve children. By 1881 he was discussing building a Jesuit college with other Jesuit leaders due to his concern about the influence and expansion of Protestant schools.
They purchased 320 acres of prime real estate for the building purposes. Cataldo looked for support from Church leadership in Rome for the construction of the school. He believed the building of a catholic school was imperative, since the Protestants kept building their own institutions.
Unfortunately, the construction of the first building was delayed until 1886. In 1887 the school finally opened with seven students enrolled. Father James Rebmann served as the first Father Superior.
Nowadays the campus is composed of 105 buildings on 152 acres of grassland alongside the Spokane River. It’s seven colleges are: the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Nursing & Human Physiology, and the School of Leadership Studies.
Starting at Gonzaga University located at 502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258 head east on E Sharp Avenue, until you reach Goller Residence Hall located at 630 E Sharp Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.