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.

Website: www.gustavus.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,201
Undergraduate
Students
(56.2%) 1,237 Women
(43.8%) 964 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
68% of 4,834 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
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
24-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$57,270
Tuition and Fees
$45,100
Room and Board
$9,910
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Freshman Award
$38,506
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
184
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

St. Peter Population
11,439
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
97% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Gus the Lion
Sororities
13% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.1% Asian
2.6% Black/African-American
5.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.1% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students
4.5% from 26 countries
First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
28.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives   2

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted May 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used as a validity check on the application essay
ACT: Used as a validity check on the application essay

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
800 West College Avenue
City, State, Zip
St. Peter, MN 56082-1498
Phone
(507) 933-7676
Fax
 
E-mail
admission@gustavus.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
Rolling

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
68% of 4,834 applicants were admitted
Women
71% of 2,837 applicants were admitted
Men
63% of 1,997 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
602 (18%) of 3,279 admitted students enrolled
Women
365 (18%) of 2,022 admitted students enrolled
Men
237 (19%) of 1,257 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
86% of 1805 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.60
3.75 and Above
38%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
28%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
21%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 33%
Top quarter: 65%
Top half: 93%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$57,270
Tuition and Fees
$45,100
Room and Board
$9,910
Books and Supplies
$900
Other Expenses
$870
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Final deadline April 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002353
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
518 (88.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
446 (86.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
446 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
267 (59.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$38,506
Need-Based Gift
Received by 446 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,990
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 419 (93.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,515
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 74 (16.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
118 (20.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,581

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,675 (76.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,541 (92.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,541 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
447 (29.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
92%
Average Award
$37,892
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,529 (99.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,482
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,474 (95.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,410
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 186 (12.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
616 (28.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,283

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Junior Miss
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, International Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Japanese Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, social work, occupational therapy with Washington University in St. Louis
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
184
Part-Time Faculty
40
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
75%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 47% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
381,283
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
400
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


St. Peter Population
11,439
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Campus Size
340 acres

Weather

Temperature
2.8 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in St. Peter
Nearest Train Station
65 mile(s) from campus in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
97% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
3%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Gus the Lion
School Colors
Black and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Gymnastics x      
Ice Hockey x   x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Gymnastics x  
Ice Hockey x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Gymnastics    
Ice Hockey x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
rugby, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, golf, ice hockey, racquetball, rugby, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, proclaim, big partner/little partner, study buddies, i am...we are, pound pals
Sororities
13% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,201
Women
1,237 (56.2%)
Men
964 (43.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,170
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.1% Asian
2.6% Black/African-American
5.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
82.1% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students.
4.5% from 26 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
79.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
79.6%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Average Starting Salary
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
28.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 7%
Engineering 1%
Law 5%
Theology 2%
Arts and Sciences 13%
Medicine 3%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 1%
Other 2%

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