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Academics

Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota is full of "passionate individuals exploring their interests and working to improve the community while [simultaneously] investing in their future." Students here feel lucky to receive a "liberal arts education" that's replete with "strong academic programs," most notably within "music" and the "science[s]." They also highlight their many "opportunities for volunteer work and internships through the large alumni network." "Small class sizes allow for frequent class discussions and personal engagement with the material." Additionally, undergrads at Gustavus speak glowingly of their "incredible," "devoted," and "accessible" professors. As one student explains, "The staff here is amazing because every professor genuinely wants you to succeed, and they will do whatever they can to see that happen." A fellow undergrad adds, "Professors are often passionate about the transfer of knowledge, and encourage students to apply the knowledge they receive to greater world experiences, effectively preparing students for a life beyond college." All in all, Gustavus Adolphus provides a "challenging and hands-on education with peers and professors that support [you] and challenge [you] to be successful."

Student Body

Undergrads at Gustavus Adolphus, known among students as "Gusties," lead hectic, "busy" lives. As one student explains, "It is a common Gustie trait that we are involved to the point of having to be at two places at once." The college sponsors a tremendous number of "sports teams…clubs, productions, dance[s], work study [programs], and many events throughout the week…with different themes." For example, "this month is Harry Potter themed so we had [a] 'great hall feast' in the cafeteria and OWLs trivia." Gustavus also "provides lots of FREE activities for students [including]…guest speakers, big concerts (with performers such as Timeflies and Gavin DeGraw), an annual President's Ball [and] Relay for Life." Of course, students are also quite adept at making their own fun. In the winter months, many undergrads can be found "traying (sledding on trays) down one of the hills on campus." And when they want more of a break from collegiate life, "students will often travel to Mankato which is only a 20-minute drive to visit the mall or eat at popular, well-known restaurants."

Campus Life

Undergraduates at Gustavus Adolphus boast of being part of a "close community" filled with "welcoming" students. Indeed, these Gusties note that their peers are "open-minded" and "respectful." As one happy student describes, "Walking around campus, I recognize so many friendly faces who stop and ask how I am doing. There is a sense of all of us wanting to succeed together." And a fellow classmate adds, "There is not a door on campus that won't be held open for you!" Of course, it certainly helps that the Gustavus Adolphus attracts a "wide range of students from those who participate in the arts, to the political, to the jocks, to the partiers, and everywhere in between." This range of interests helps assure that virtually "anyone who comes here can find a group to fit in with," and it allows the college to truly "feel like a family."

Overview

Applicants
4,834
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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ACT Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — April 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
224
with Terminal Degree
179

113
Women
111
Men
28
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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 and Media Studies.
  • 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$96,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$100,500

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Undergrads at Gustavus can easily reap the benefits of a “wonderful career development [staff].” Thanks to the efforts of the Office of Career Development, “over 90 percent of [students] participat[e] in [an] internship, career exploration, clinical, student-teaching…[or] service-learning [project]” prior to graduation. Undergrads can also utilize Career Development for résumé reviews and to schedule mock interviews. The office also hosts numerous events like the health professions fair, nursing fair, education fair, and a non-profit job and internship fair. To motivate students, Career Development sponsors the Gustavus Network Challenge which encourages undergrads to network and then submit their stories and experiences. The office chooses the top submissions and the selected students win gift cards. If you need any more proof, just consider the fact that the average starting salary for Gustavus grads is $48,200 and the average midcareer salary is $94,000, according to PayScale.com.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,990

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,482

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,480

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,968

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,841

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,520
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,150
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,201
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

4.88%
Asian
2.49%
African-American
5.07%
Hispanic
78.29%
Caucasian
4.61%
International

56% female
44% male
17% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
CARE

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tom McHugh

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
134
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
7

13% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

72% participate in intramural sports
15% participate in intercollegiate sports

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

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Wendy Bachman
Visit Coordinator

Address
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Phone
5079337676

Email
wbachman@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)
Patrick's (restaurant)
River Hills Mall (Mankato)
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: Varies
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
wbachman@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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