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Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN
Gustavus Adolphus College, founded in 1862, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. It emphasizes student participation. Gustavus students are usually the third or fourth largest group presenting papers at the National Undergraduate Research Conference. With 29 musical ensembles, 23 varsity sports, 85 campus clubs and organizations and a challenging academic program, Gustavus students are involved. Its 340-acre campus is located in St. Peter, 60 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,386
   Women 1,275 (53.4%)
   Men 1,111 (46.6%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 67% of 4,657 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.60
SAT Math 530-675 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 550-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $54,090
  Tuition and Fees $42,840
  Room and Board $9,400
Average Percent of Need Met 93%
Average Freshman Award $37,682
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 189
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
St. Peter Population 11,439
Nearest Metropolitan Area Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 88% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Gus the Lion
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.0% Asian
2.1% Black/African-American
4.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
85.7% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students 3.8%
First-Year Students Returning 89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 81.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported