Students Say

Gustavus Adolphus College, “a school that fosters a close community between the students, staff, and faculty and strives to prepare the students academically and vocationally for the post-college world,” gets high marks from undergrads for its “demanding, yet encouraging” professors who are “there to help you learn, not just to give you a grade.” As one student explains, “Each year, I become more and more impressed with how devoted members of the faculty and administration are to the students. My professors always bend over backward to meet with students who have questions and work with them on problems related and unrelated to course material.”

Overview

Applicants
5,199
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

79%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Gustavus Adolphus College, “a school that fosters a close community between the students, staff, and faculty and strives to prepare the students academically and vocationally for the post-college world,” gets high marks from undergrads for its “demanding, yet encouraging” professors who are “there to help you learn, not just to give you a grade.” As one student explains, “Each year, I become more and more impressed with how devoted members of the faculty and administration are to the students. My professors always bend over backward to meet with students who have questions and work with them on problems related and unrelated to course material.” Although professors have “high expectations,” the “extra guidance” that is offered helps students achieve “far beyond graduation.” Expect to be challenged by classes that are “rigorous and discussionbased.” Small class sizes allow for “great interaction with professors” but will leave your “empty chair sticking out like a neon sign” if you are absent. Unique opportunities here include the Curriculum II general-education program, an integrated series of courses that, together, provide a survey of Western civilization, with supplemental study of non-Western cultures for context and comparison. Enrollment is limited to sixty students and typically attracts some of the college’s brightest undergrads.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
255
with Terminal Degree
218

136
Women
119
Men
32
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Latin American Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. J. Michael Blaese
Vice president, medical affairs, Immune Deficiency Foundation

Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Speaker of the House, Minnesota House of Representatives

Dr. Talmadge King
Chair, UCSF School of Medicine, Dept of Medicine

James McPherson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Civil War historian

The Hon. Paul Magnuson
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, St. Paul

Allison Rosati
Anchor, NBC 5, WMAQ TV, Chicago; producer of Emmy Award-winning stories

Per Magnus Ranstorp
Research Director at Centre of Asymmetric Threat Studies, Sweden

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,463

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,393

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,060

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,636

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,732

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,550
Required Fees
$530
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,300
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Gustavus “is known to have a very [close-knit campus] consisting of students who not only achieve academically but are [also] very involved in their community and school. There are more than 140 student organizations on campus. For a student population [of] approximately 2,600, that is a lot.” “Virtually everyone here is white and of Scandinavian descent,” and “of these, roughly half seem to come from small rural towns in Minnesota or surrounding Midwest states (Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, etc.), and the other half from well-off suburbs of Minneapolis–St. Paul...Most tend to have some Christian affiliation, but not necessarily a strong one, and there are a fair amount of non-religious students, which is refreshing.” Students are polite in a way that seems unusual on the coasts but less so in the Midwest; it has been said that if students visit the campus, “They don’t have to hold any doors because the students are so friendly and welcoming,” one student reports.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,456
Out of State
19%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

54% female
46% male
19% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Gustavus boasts “a very academically strong student body” that is also “known for our athletics, specifically tennis, hockey, and soccer.” Students “attend a lot of sporting events” as well as “parties and social events on campus and off” over the weekends, when campus is “a great place to be...because very few people go home. We are certainly not a suitcase college.” Besides the aforementioned activities, “shows, concerts, and basketball games” are “especially popular,” as are the “free movies on Fridays and Saturdays” and the “on-campus student dance club ’The Dive.’” Most students choose to unwind with “a good amount of partying and drinking,” but while alcohol and parties are easy to find on campus, abstaining students “never feel any pressure to do either.” Being located in a small town is no problem for most; students tell us that “the town is supportive of Gustavus and thankful to have the college in town” and explain that “there are always things going on at school,” so the lack of big-city fun isn’t that much of a drawback. Students who get cabin fever can head to nearby Mankato and its “excellent mall and restaurants” for entertainment. Although the Minnesotan winter may be long, things heat up during the January “Interim Experience” when a light course load gives students a “chance to take a class outside their major” or just “hang out with friends.” When students really want a thrill, they’ll “borrow a tray from the cafeteria and sled down the many hills behind the dorms” in a Gustavus tradition called “traying.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

17% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Gusties)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gusties)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.gustavus.edu/orgs/queers

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Minnesota State University - Mankato

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Vicki Kennedy
Visit Coordinator

Address
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Phone
5079337676

Email
vkennedy@gustavus.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Courtyard Cafe
Lund Athletic Center
Christ Chapel
Linnaeus Arboretum
With over 75% of students remaining on campus during a typical weekend (according to our Dining Service), our students actively use the entire campus. As there are no city streets intersecting our campus, Gusties enjoy their home on the hill.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
River Rock (coffee shop)
Seven-mile Creek Park
Swedish Kontur (gift shop)
The Tangled Skein (yarn shop)
Patrick's (restaurant)
Gustavus is located in St. Peter, Minnesota, the heart of the Minnesota River Valley. St. Peter is a classic small college town with an historic downtown. Mankato is a larger, regional center ten miles away with all the stores college students typically look for.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
7 days
M-F 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
5079337676

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturday mornings

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
vkennedy@gustavus.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not available Friday and Saturday evenin

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
airport shuttle bus to and from Minneapolis/St. Paul Lindbergh International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
The college is located four blocks west off Hwy. 169 on College Avenue.

Local Accommodations
A variety of hotels are available in St. Peter and nearby Mankato.
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Key Stats

5,199
Applicants
2,456
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate

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