Gustavus Adolphus College

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Gustavus Adolphus College
Office of Admission
800 West College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082

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phone: 507.933.7676
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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

Student distribution

  • 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%

Religious affiliation

Lutheran (ELCA)

Graduate outcomes

Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what Gustavus graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.

*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn


Degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

View a list of all majors and degrees or Gustavus' detailed program information.

5 largest majors
  • Biology
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Communication Studies
  • Political Science

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size



193 full time, 62 part time, 87% hold the highest degree in their field

Pre-professional programs

  • Actuarial science
  • Church vocations
  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Materials science
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Veterinary medicine

View details about Gustavus' pre-professional programs.

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)

Intercampus agreement

Dual-degree program in engineering with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Minnesota State University, Mankato

Honors program

  • Studio Art
  • Biology
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Math
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • 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

Internships/career services

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

Admission & cost


Online application:

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.


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $41,812

Room and board: $9,176

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.

Student involvement

Student organizations

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)

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball


More than 30 men's and women's intramural and club sports are available.

Fine arts offerings

  • Pep band
  • Jazz bands
  • Choirs
  • 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

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Also see @GustavusAdolphusCollege.


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