Gonzaga became a household name with their “Cinderella” run in the NCAA tournament in 1999, which saw Gonzaga make it to the “Elite Eight.” Gonzaga built on that success, and currently enjoys a reputation as one of the country’s premiere college basketball programs. Since that historic run, Gonzaga has experienced notable success in the West Coast Conference as well as in the NCAA tournament, in which they have played in 19 consecutive years.
Whitworth’s campus in northern Spokane has 200 acres of stately pines, wide-open green spaces and first-rate facilities. In 2009, Whitworth opened a University District (U-District) location near downtown Spokane, expanding program offerings for nontraditional evening students and providing an ideal location with shorter commutes for working professionals. The university has invested more than $125 million in campus improvements in recent years. In 2018, the university completed a renovation of the Beeksma Family Theology Center. This renovation expanded the Seely G. Mudd Chapel and provided offices for more than 20 faculty, staff and student employees. In 2015, the university renovated the Cowles Music Center, which remodeled the existing space and added 21,481 square feet of new teaching studios, practice rooms, rehearsal rooms and lobby space to the structure.
EWU offers over 100 fields of study, 10 master’s degrees, seven graduate certificates, 55 graduate programs of study and an applied doctoral program of physical therapy. A master’s in social work is offered in Everett and Vancouver, and a master’s in education is available in Kent. A creative writing Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Child & Family Outreach Program, Communication Studies, Social Work Program (part-time Master’s), Journalism, Alcohol & Drug Studies, and Counseling Education & Developmental Psychology programs are offered in Spokane.
Formed by the territorial legislature on January 30, 1889, the university opened its doors in 1892 on October 3, with an initial class of 40 students. The first graduating class in 1896 contained two men and two women. It has an enrollment exceeding 12,000, with over 11,000 on the Moscow campus. The university offers 142 degree programs, from accountancy to wildlife resources, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and specialists’ degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 30 areas of study. At 25% and 53%, its 4 and 6 year graduation rates are the highest of any public university in Idaho, and it generates 74 percent of all research money in the state, with research expenditures of $100 million in 2010 alone.
NIC’s beautiful main campus is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a lakeside city in Kootenai County with a growing population of 157,000. The greater Spokane, Washington-Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area has more than 620,000 residents. The college also serves its five-county region through outreach centers in Bonners Ferry, Kellogg, and Sandpoint, as well as through online offerings. NIC plays a key role in the region’s economic development by preparing competent, trained employees for area businesses, industries, and governmental agencies.