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
65%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1080-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
Will You Get In?

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Cost

Net Price
$24,293/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,707/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,040/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,979/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,848/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,946/ 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
2,219Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
27%
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 College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
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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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!
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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!
College in general is a unique and exciting experience for every student, but at Gustavus I have found not just a location to live and learn, but truly a home and a family to call my own forever. Gustavus' staff, faculty, students, donors, and alums have made this a truly unforgettable experience that I am eternally grateful to have had the pleasure to enjoy. The academics are challenging, the food always delicious, and the support of classmates and colleagues has been second to none. Go Gusties!