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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
From Gustavus Adolphus College

At Gustavus, students find answers to questions through discovery and imagination. Physics students minor in art or music, theatre students minor in chemistry and English, and economics students minor in peace, justice, and conflict studies. Students get involved on- and off-campus, making a positive difference in the world by acting on the great challenges of our time.

Inquiring minds become sharing minds, and at Gustavus you’ll leave with more than a major and a diploma. You’ll be a part of special community. You’ll be a good citizen. You’ll be passionate about not just identifying problems, but acting on them.

Join us at Gustavus and make your life count.

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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
68%
SAT Range
1080-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,894/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,333/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A
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
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,150Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
31
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 38 responses
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  • Invested students with varied interests
    42%
  • Full of ideas and motivated.
    21%
  • white
    11%
  • Party People
    8%
  • Snobby
    8%
  • Human, late teens or early twenties
    5%
  • Friendly, driven and know how and when to have fun
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
72%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.67 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Encouragement of holistic learning.
    32%
  • Make Your Life Count
    26%
  • Open to new ideas.
    12%
  • Uncaring
    9%
  • Business-minded
    6%
  • Isolated
    6%
  • Friendly
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $51,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    80%
    National
    49%
    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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    Gustavus is a fantastic place for an undergraduate degree. What attracted me most to the school was the strong community and support for all students. The professors really care your success, and they care about you as a person. Anyone on campus will refer you to the best place of help for what you need. The food is really good, as far as college cafeterias go. The campus is in a nice small town, 15 minutes from Mankato and one hour from the twin cities. There are lots of parks and nature to explore nearby, like Seven Mile Creek County Park (I went there on a class field trip!). My favorite place on campus is definitely the arboretum!
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    Wonderful community that fostered both my desire for success and my need for higher education. The diversity of the college is surprisingly vast for the lutheran/private liberal arts background, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. The professors genuinely care for their students, both as learners and as people. The campus lifestyle is thriving, with both daytime activities and nightlife- but it isn't overwhelming to those who choose not to participate. Overall, an excellent place to spend your university years!
    If you're looking for a small, intimate college experience in a small town, Gustavus is a great school! The professors are fantastic and love getting to know you and helping you succeed. The food is excellent (nationally ranked) and the athletics are pretty good, too! It can get a bit cliquey since it's a small school but it's fun to recognize everyone and participate in a tight-knit community. These are people you will be friends with for a lifetime and an education that will help you achieve outstanding things -- nearly all of my friends from Gustavus have gone on to medical school, PA school, or other graduate schools!