A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Gustavus Adolphus College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Gustavus Adolphus College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Scores Range
1080-1340
ACT Scores Range
26-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Gustavus Adolphus College

Cost

Net Price
$25,064/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,986/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,927/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,213/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,476/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,598/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.55 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,425Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Invested students with varied interests
    46%
  • Full of ideas and motivated.
    25%
  • Party People
    11%
  • Human, late teens or early twenties
    7%
  • Snobby
    7%
  • Friendly, driven and know how and when to have fun
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
75%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.57 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Encouragement of holistic learning.
    46%
  • Make Your Life Count
    21%
  • Open to new ideas.
    13%
  • Business-minded
    8%
  • Friendly
    4%
  • Nurturing
    4%
  • Uncaring
    4%

After Gustavus Adolphus College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.25 responses
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Gustavus Adolphus College Reviews

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The campus is nice. The dorms are good but aren't spectacular. The food is average and we have decent sports teams. The academics are very good and the arts are exceptional. However the Liberal atmosphere can be a little too much. People get stuck in this bubble of Gustavus. Say one wrong thing and its off with your head. Needs more chill in its life. But overall I give it 4 stars because its a great instituition but its not top of the line. Also the price tag is spendy, so you can expect some very rich and kinda 'have my cake and eat it too' type of people. But if you like all that I have described then this place is for you!
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Academically, I was quite happy with Gustavus. A majority of the professors were engaging and competent; very willing to help out and engage with students one on one. There were many interesting classes, and class sizes were very small. The curriculum challenged me and connected me with many life-changing ideas. It was easy to get connected with clubs, volunteer opportunities, and internships. I was not so pleased with the community, which is extremely insular, not very diverse, and mostly made up of spoiled suburban kids. The tuition and room and board is also extremely high, which can be frustrating when you live on campus in a tiny dorm and see the college always putting in flashy new public spaces to impress alumni and prospective students. There have also been issues with sexual assault and harassment in which the college worked harder to keep the issues hush hush than to ensure the safety and health of victims and students.
The athletic facilities at Gustavus are very up to date. They are always getting updated, in fact we recently got new treadmills put in. The pool, where I spend most of my time is large, clean and one of the nicest pools that I've seen around. There is a lot of student involvement in the athletics here. The swim team is one of the biggest in the conference. The women's team is really good (we got second at conference) and the men's team is constantly improving (they got fourth at conference this year). We also have a lot of fan support. The "Hill Crew" has recently been established, which is our cheering section, they draw big crowds to football, basketball, and other games. The swim team also has a decent sized fan section, with our stands usually full during competitions. There is a lot of school spirit, we are all proud to be Gusties!