Gustavus Adolphus College
Programs and Degrees Offered
Gustavus is an active campus — everyone is involved. Many students engage in research. Forty percent of students participate in fine arts. Gusties become leaders who know when to follow. Last October, Gustavus hosted the 50th annual Nobel Conference® which brings to campus six prominent speakers and more than 7,000 attendees. There's a real feeling of community here and a respect that defines our culture. After Gustavus, our graduates (who nearly always graduate in four years) get great jobs — and quickly. We help our students — whatever their interests and strengths — find the pathways to make their lives count.
Gustavus Adolphus College at a glance
- Undergraduate: 2,387
- Domestic students: 86% White, 4% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 3% multiracial, 2% Black, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 4% of total enrollment
- Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
- Average class size: 15
- Number undergraduate majors: 72
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 24 and 30; 78% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 590-680 for math and 555-690 for reading; 11% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.7
- Percentage from Minnesota: 77%
- Percentage who live on campus: 99%
- 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $41,812
- Room and board: $9,176
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 95%
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- Bachelor of Arts
5 largest majors
- Communication Studies
- Political Science
Average class size
193 full time, 62 part time, 87% hold the highest degree in their field
- Actuarial science
- Church vocations
- Materials science
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Veterinary medicine
Teaching licensure programs
- Art, business education, elementary education, English, French, German, health education, mathematics, music education, physical education, Spanish, speech, speech and theatre, theatre
- General teaching majors in social studies, natural science (earth science, life science, physical science)
Dual-degree program in engineering with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Studio Art
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science
- Sociology and Anthropology
Study abroad programs
More than 60% of Gusties study abroad, putting Gustavus consistently in the Top 20 among all liberal arts colleges nationally in numbers of students studying abroad. In addition to Gustavus faculty-led semester programs in India, Sweden and Germany, Gustavus students can study abroad across the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Gustavus partners with many other institutions to provide opportunities for every major and type of experience, including:
- American Councils for International Education
- Arcadia, Center for Education Abroad
- Bard College (Smolney in Russia)
- Centre de Linguistique Apliqué
- Center for Global Education--Augsburg College
- Council on International Educational Exchange
- Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- College Year in Athens
- Danish Institute for Study Abroad
- Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
- Institute for the International Education of Students
- Institute for Study Abroad, Bulter University
- Learning Abroad Center--University of Minnesota
- National Theater Institute
- Studio Art Centers International
- School for International Training
- State University of New York
More than 75% of Gustavus students participate in some form of career exploration, either during January Term, during the summer, or during a semester.
The Career Center at Gustavus helps students focus on what their future might be by offering information, opportunity, and support in learning career development and job search skills. The Career Center offers career counseling for students seeking to identify their interests, skills, and values, which are then used as a basis to discuss career options and possible majors. The Career Center also runs the Internship program. Finally, near graduation, students work with the career management team to seek employment, admission to graduate and professional schools, and other opportunities including volunteer services. Career management brings employers to campus, aids students in their participation in regional job fairs, and makes referrals for Gustavus students.
Accreditation & approval
- American Chemical Society
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
- National League for Nursing
- North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Online application: gustavus.edu/admission/apply/
Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT recommended but not required (test-optional admission policy)
Application deadline: Early Action, Nov. 1; Rolling, beginning Dec. 1 and continuing through Feb. 15
Application fee: None
Advanced placement credit
Candidates accepted for admission may earn no more than the equivalent of eight Gustavus course credits (32 semester or 48 quarter credits), including Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Post-secondary Enrollment Options/College-in-the-Schools/online coursework. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam results will be reviewed first for advanced standing credit. Candidates who score four or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination or four or more on the higher level exams of the International Baccalaureate are given advanced placement with college credit.
Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):
Students who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission as a transfer to Gustavus: honorable standing at the previous college, including eligibility to return to the previous college in good standing; evidence of normal progress toward a degree; and, a recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale).
Transfer process (deadlines and materials)
While there is no deadline to apply for transfer admission, successful transfer applicants traditionally apply several months before their intended start term. Transfer students may begin at Gustavus in fall (September) or spring (February) semester.
2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees: $43,030
Room and board: $9,400
Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 95%
Financial aid information
A Gustavus education is an investment that delivers significant value and produces alumni who lead fulfilling lives of passion and purpose. If you're driven by a desire to make your life count, then you're well on your way to being a Gustie. Whatever your financial circumstances, we'll help you through the financial aid process and show you how affordable we are. We're worth the investment. You are, too. Explore our scholarships and other financial aid or use our net price calculator.
More than 120 different campus organizations, including:
- 37 honorary and departmental organizations
- 31 theatre, arts and music ensembles
- 31 awareness and service groups
- 4 student media groups (including student newspaper and radio)
- NCAA Division III
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
- Track and field
- Track and field
More than 30 men's and women's intramural and club sports are available.
Fine arts offerings
- Pep band
- Jazz bands
- Brass choir
- Early music ensemble
- Flute choir
- Bassoon ensemble
- Guitar ensemble
- Percussion ensembles
- Handbell choir
- Trombone choir
- Tuba/euphonium ensemble
- Wind orchestra
- String orchestra
- Woodwind ensembles
- Gustavus Dance Company
- Matching Tights Dance Company
- I Am We Are
- Performance for Social Justice
Gustavus Campus News
- Senior Delaney Sweet Selected as 2016 Commencement Speaker
Gustavus Adolphus College senior Delaney Sweet will serve as the commencement speaker on Sunday, May 29, when the Class of 2016 graduates at Hollingsworth Field. She was chosen by a committee of students, faculty, and staff from a pool of graduating seniors.
After being introduced to Gustavus by her club tennis coach in high school, Sweet realized a liberal arts education and close-knit community were exactly what she was looking for. “Once I started looking at colleges, Gustavus checked off all the boxes on my list,” she said. “Gustavus became the bar that all the other colleges were measured against.”
Sweet, a native of Omaha, Neb., will graduate with an English major and a political science minor. Throughout her four years at Gustavus she has been highly involved on campus, serving as a Community-Based Service and Learning intern, Minnesota DFL youth fellow, Gustie Greeter orientation leader, and tour guide in the admission office. Sweet has also been a member of satirical news website The Fourth Crown, the Gustavus Student Senate, the Theta Xi Gamma sorority, and the Senior Week committee in addition to serving as LineUs Improv Troupe’s business manager.
A member of the College’s unique Three Crowns Curriculum, Sweet completed her general education credits – a third of the Gustavus class requirements – by taking interdisciplinary, discussion-based courses with the same core group of students over four years. As she reflects on her many involvements, Sweet believes the Three Crown Curriculum’s theme of “individual and community” is echoed in students’ engagement both in classes and co-curricular activities.
She says the opportunity to learn and reflect inside and outside the classroom is what allowed her to grow at Gustavus. “When you’re thinking about how you want to act and who you want to be, there’s more to it than just your resume,” she explained.
“Delaney has been a strong and capable student leader throughout her four years at Gustavus and boasts an impressive record of engagement that has both depth and breadth,” Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students JoNes VanHecke said. “I know Delaney represents the Class of 2016 well not only through her many contributions to student life at the College and in the community, but as a fun-loving, caring individual who lives life fully and with purpose.”
“I’ll really miss the challenging, yet affirming classes that I’ve had,” Sweet said. “The support I received and the professors I learned from at Gustavus are what have made my future plans a possibility.”
After graduation, Sweet will travel abroad for a year before pursuing a MFA in creative writing in hopes of becoming the Tina Fey of her generation.
Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
- Happy Graduation, From the Top of Old Main
“The young people that found and shall find inexhaustible treasures here, shall exhort their friends to come, seek, and find what they need for a happy life.”—Lars Lundgren, class of 1890
Somewhere in Gustavus history, prior to 1920, it is May and it is 12:30 p.m. Commencement will begin soon.
For the graduating seniors of 100 years ago, this will be a great time for brunch. On top of Old Main.
It was a breathtaking tradition considering the tableside views of the Minnesota River Valley. It was a bit of a dangerous one, too. (Do you like a stiff wind with your coffee? How about a three-story drop-off?)
Today, the Commencement Buffet is held in the safe and comfortable environs of the Evelyn Young Dining Room, far from three-story drop-offs and robust prairie winds.
Wherever you are this May 29 at 12:30 p.m. Central Time, look in the direction of Old Main and remember: You are a part of a long line of proud adventurers who left Gustavus and commenced with lives of passion and purpose.
Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin