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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
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
66%
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
$23,906/ 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
$31,858/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
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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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Biology at Gustavus Adolphus College

The Biology Department provides students with a rigorous education that includes hands-on training, quantitative analyses, and scientific reasoning in subjects like protein regulation, bioinformatics, mammal behavior, physiological tolerance, and ecological dynamics. Students have the opportunity to pursue quality experiences that prepare them for employment, graduate, or professional studies.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,213Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
28
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 42 responses
Report
  • Invested students with varied interests
    43%
  • Full of ideas and motivated.
    19%
  • white
    12%
  • Party People
    7%
  • Snobby
    7%
  • Friendly, driven and know how and when to have fun
    5%
  • Human, late teens or early twenties
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.71 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Encouragement of holistic learning.
    29%
  • Make Your Life Count
    26%
  • Open to new ideas.
    11%
  • Uncaring
    8%
  • Isolated
    8%
  • Business-minded
    5%
  • Nice
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $51,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    78%
    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

    Gustavus Adolphus College Reviews

    830 reviews
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    Gustavus has been my home for the past four years. And like any home, it wasn't perfect but I always felt like I was loved and belonged here. This school provides students the opportunity to explore their interests and make genuine connections with their peers and professors. There is not one internship, research experience, or post-grad opportunity that I did not obtain without the help of a professor or staff member. Gustavus gives back to you what you put in and then some. As I mentioned, not everything is perfect and I am well aware of that. But I am proud to be at an institution that consistently asks what it can do to be better, and then goes a step further to make action plans to incite progress that was talked about. I wouldn't trade the experience of being a Gustie for anything, it has shaped my world view and pushed me to be the best version of myself. Go Gusties!
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    Overall, I have been happy with my time at Gustavus. Through the FYRE program, I was able to discover that research is not for me! Instead, I've turned my focus to vocal music education, where I've found the professors to be knowledgeable and committed to the individual. Although the college is expensive, they do very well to aid students in paying. I have had many life-altering experiences at Gustavus, and I'm glad I'm going there.
    I absolutely love Gustavus. The campus is small and homey, it feels a lot like my hometown. One can seriously walk from one side of campus to the other in less than 15 minutes, which comes in handy when the weather is below zero on top of the hill! I oftentimes find myself calling this place 'home' as if it is. The professors and staff are so kind. If I have questions, they never fail to help me get an answer. I am so glad I chose Gustavus.