Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, liberal arts college committed to helping you make your life count -- in the classroom, on the field, at our campus in St. Peter, and wherever you go after college.
Our college is built on a powerful sense of community and the will to enhance the common good. Everyone is active and involved, doing meaningful things -- whether it's service or political action, playing basketball or making music, studying biology or writing a paper. Gusties support and respect each other. Ideas are exchanged openly and everyone's opinion matters here.
Founded in 1862 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants, the College is well known for its strong science, fine arts, athletics, study abroad, and servant-leadership programs. Gustavus has the distinction of hosting the annual Nobel Conference®, which brings the world's greatest minds to campus each October to discuss the most important scientific issues of the day.
- 340 beautifully landscaped acres
- 21 academic and service facilities, including:
- Christ Chapel
- Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
- Alfred Nobel Hall of Science
- Olin Hall
- Schaefer Fine Arts Center
- Confer and Vickner halls
- Lund Center
- C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
- Old Main
- Beck Academic Hall
- 13 residence halls and apartment complexes and 7 College-owned houses, accommodating more than 2,000 students on campus
- Hillstrom Museum of Art
- More than 25 bronzeworks by noted sculptor and alumnus Paul Granlund installed on the campus
- The Melva Lind Interpretive Center and 135-acre Linnaeus Arboretum
- More than 100 special interest groups and organizations
- Daily chapel services, and 12 student-run religious organizations
- Community service program recognized by 6 Governor's Commendations, with better than 55% student participation
- Frequent on-campus entertainment and off-campus trips sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and other recognized student groups
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants Gustavus Adolphus College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Gustavus Adolphus College is about 2,400, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $41,000-$49,000 per year
- For part-time students, charges are between $7,100-$8,500 per unit
- May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||98%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$27,958|
|Receiving Student Loans||68%||$9,166|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Gustavus Adolphus College may offer services to students like:
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
With a graduation rate of around 82%, Gustavus Adolphus College is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||81%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||0.9%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Gustavus Adolphus College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
- Basketball (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
- Track and Field (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
- Football (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Gustavus Adolphus College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Gustavus Adolphus College for official up-to-date information.