About Gustavus Adolphus College

Founded in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus College. is a Private college. Located in Minnesota, which is a city setting in Minnesota, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,250 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 184 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Gustavus Adolphus College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate64%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,44% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

96% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 74% were in the top quarter, and 37% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Gustavus Adolphus College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
10%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
28%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
7%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
34%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
27%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
70%
“I feel extremely safe”
24%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
38%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
3%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
37%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
47%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
40%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
73%
“There might be people who do”
27%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
10%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
28%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
7%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
34%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
27%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
70%
“I feel extremely safe”
24%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
38%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
3%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
37%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
47%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
40%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
73%
“There might be people who do”
27%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Gustavus Adolphus College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    101 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    72 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    101 Students rated campus food 4.5 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    101 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    101 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    101 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    101 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    101 Students rated academics 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Gustavus Adolphus College?

33 Students rated Gustavus Adolphus College

Tessa - 01/06/2022

GAC is ass. You don't matter to the administration. You are a dollar sign that can talk as far as they are concerned. They force you to stay on campus so they can uncharge you for your food and rent. You may pay nearly $1000 a month to have a roommate in your bedroom in your shitty apartment that they do not clean. The school is physically very dirty. It is not that custodial staff is bad. It's that they don't pay our custodial staff enough or hire enough or care enough to keep the place clean, even during a pandemic. If you are dibbled and need a housing accommodation, res life will do whatever illegal shit they can before you get a lawyer to threaten them. They do it to everyone. They don't want to help. They want you to shut up and pay your bills. Also, the rates of sexual assault are way higher than anyone would admit or do anything to fix. When I got here as a first year, we called this one dude "title xi guy" because he had so many title xi violations people lost track. That rapist not only stayed at the school but on the football team. They don't care about survivors, victims, marginalized people. "Make your life count" is bullshit. Their real motto is "Pay up or die."

Yana

Gustavus Adolphus College challenges individuals in every way possible. Professors on the first day always tell the class that they would like to be asked these simple questions, "Why does that happen, how does that happen and can you elaborate? The classes are harder than usual but if you are struggling there are so many resources you can go to like tutors and the professors are available all the time, they will even get out of the way to go meet up with you for coffee and help you with assignments. The activities here are amazing and there is a wide set of campus clubs that almost everyone is involved in. Gustavus takes their games for sports very seriously and the students come and cheer. The food here is so good that the freshman 15 might come get you faster than you would have hoped for! Overall, everything here is great, class sizes are perfect, the community is a small little town with all the shops you need by just in walking distance, professors will help in any way possible, and the people here are so open and friendly that you should not worry about not having any groups or cliques.

Jessica

I would give Gustavus three and a half pizzas (get it? college kids eat pizza :) ) out of five because of a few things. The faculty is outstanding in their knowledge and passion for the material they teach. They are also incredibly supportive and really want you to succeed. I think the college as a whole can be a little greedy because we pay a fair amount to attend in the first place, yet the cafeteria is extremely overpriced, especially for what you get. For being a world recognized cafeteria, the food is decent, but not great and there is little variety. If you want pizza, pasta or fried rice though, you are set! Most importantly, the community feel is like nowhere else and you can be confident that you will be more than content at Gustavus.

Ella

Gustavus Adolphus College offers a plentiful amount of resources and extracurricular resources. It is a tight-knit community because the majority of students live on campus and professors tend to live within a couple towns. Also, the food is top-notch (we're ranked #1 out of all colleges in Minnesota!).

Gustavus Adolphus College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Gustavus Adolphus College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Gustavus Adolphus College is 64%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Study HARD. Do as many different things in high school that you can possibly do. Maintain the highest grade point average you can. DO NOT DRINK OR DO DRUGS OR SMOKE OR HAVE SEX! DO NOT post stupid pictures on facebook that would defame or belittle yourself or OTHERS, your family, your church or your God. GET LOTS OF SLEEP. If you have to work outside of school, try to keep it to a minimum. Money isn't everything. SCHOOL is your NUMBER ONE JOB. DO NOT own a car. It is outrageously expensive, insurance is crazy and it does NOT make you look cool. VISIT every college campus you are interested in. You will know in your gut which one is right for you. Go to school EVERY SINGLE DAY unless you are violently ill. RESPECT your teachers in every possible way. BE KIND TO EVERYONE as you will never know who or whom just MIGHT BE YOUR BOSS one day. DO NOT burn bridges. When you are getting ready and packing for college and when you are all done, put AT LEAST half of it back. Dorm rooms are SMALL! last but not least, RELAX.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before coming to this school, I didn't know a lot about the world around me. I was stuck in my own little world. I would challenge prospective students to explore and do research about life outside of their comfort zone. I am currently involved in multiple social justice organizations and activities, and I have loved the opportunity to learn new things every single day. I would challenge someone that is thinking of coming here to realize that Gustavus is a campus devoted to teaching and embracing all different ideas and cultures.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are very friendly, helpful, supportive and encouraging when with other students, as well as they strive to see everyone succeed.

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  5. What kind of person should attend this school?

    MOTIVATED! OPEN MINDED! SINCERE! HONEST! These are just a few of the terms that I can come up with from the top of my head in answer to the question "what type of person should attend this school". A few others: LIFE LOVER, a person who possesses,INTEGRITY, CONFIDENT, SELFLESS, SMART, HARD WORKING, MATURE, SOLID, STRONG, TALENTED,GIFTED, COMMITTED, and AWESOME. What I think is more important to answer is "who shoud NOT attend Gustavus..." do NOT even apply to Gustavus unless you are ready to work hard and accept EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY to improve yourself and EXPAND your mind.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The diversity level at Gustavus Adolphus College is not very high. We have a great diversity center for all students as well as a great staff to assist with any problems. The college can work on trying to diversify the college community as well as providing more resources for those who need it.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I choose Gustavus because it really feels like a college campus. It is small enough that I can walk anywhere on campus in less than ten minutes, and it is set apart from the city so there aren't any major roads running right through it. There is a strong sense of community. Most of the activities are on campus, and you never go long without seeing someone you know. I also love that Gustavus has a January Interim Experience. It is a nice break between semesters and a good chance to take a class outside of my major.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school has many activities going on everyday and the level of education here is extremely high.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I believe that someone who is looking for a large student body in a more urban setting would not enjoy attending Gustavus. Being a small and very close-knit community in the somewhat isolated town of Saint Peter, this kind of person would not flourish in this environment. I also think that someone who is close-minded and unwilling to be accepting of others would not be an adequate fit for this school because of the close, family-like relationship the student body, teachers and staff share.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The high quality cafeteria food, the free on campus movies, and the high quality of our dorm rooms.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    GREATNESS in ALL aspects of Education. Education in all academic specialities, MUSIC and DRAMA and LIFE and GOODNESS! For over 150 years Gustavus Adolphus has endured the test of time and those that are lucky enough to attend this fine school, must have an INATE sense of PRIDE and be DRIVEN TO SUCCEED. This is a WONDERFUL COLLEGE and it is NOT for goof offs, or lazy people or close minded students. I visited many colleges and had many to choose from. In ALL aspects of what I needed in a college, GUSTAVUS WAS and IS the ONLY CHOICE!

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    In my opinion, I believe that the relationship amongst the students, faculty and staff is undoubtedly the best thing about Gustavus. We truly feel like we are one big family. This is evident on the very first day of school as upper classmen and staff warmly accept incoming students into the community. We strive to support and help one another to the best of our ability at all times. This strong sense of community is extremely unique to Gustavus.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    It can be difficult to live on a campus so small. There are times that I just need to leave "the Hill", as we call it, because I feel like I get stuck in a patern of doing the same thing with the same group of people too often. I do wish it was larger here, but at the same time I can appreciate it being so small and intimate. I love how small it is when it comes to class discussions and being able to talk one on one with professors.

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  14. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    YES!

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Students at Gustavus go there because their parents went there and they put no thought into where they would like to go to college.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The campus is secluded in a small town. There is a tight-knit feel on campus but that is because people never get out! There is NO "town" or "city" to go to, you ALWAYS stay on campus.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

2,250

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

21%

Out-Of-State

75%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

120

Student Organizations

5

Fraternities

5

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

81%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
5%
% White or Caucasian
79%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

97% of students attending Gustavus Adolphus College receive some sort of financial aid. 27% were awarded federal grants. While 65% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$42,840

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$9,400

Room and Board

53,140

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,707
$30 - $48K
$14,040
$48 - $75K
$15,979
$75 - $110K
$21,848
$110K & UP
$27,946

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