Location
Saint Peter, MN
Undergrads
2,484
Tuition
$37,660
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 709 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Honestly, it's sad when I look at my financial situation. I'm paying around $20,000 a year in loans and/or out of pocket despite being an enthusiastic and bright student who had a top notch application and is involved in the 3 Crowns Curriculum. Given Gustavus is a top private liberal arts college, but I am very disappointed when it comes to the amount of aid I received. I could have gone to another college which would've been much more affordable, but it's because I feel Gustavus is worth it I've chosen to attend. Loans when I graduate are a huge worry though.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are things I was hoping to be better or wasn't expecting at Gustavus, but all of my priorities such as academic opportunity and rigor of classes have been met. I love it without any regrets and have met some of the most incredible individuals in my one year there so far. Yes, other colleges are better with some things, but Gustavus is definitely what I'd consider a fantastic college.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Gustavus is a small college and you walk to and from your classes or activities. It can be very cold during winter and the weather makes walking abysmal at times. However, it's to be expected from a college where you walk everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Majors: My work study is reasonable and fairly nice but I wish I could have received more aid or be allowed more work hours given how expensive Gustavus is for me. I often hear of internships or programs for later years so I'm betting it's pretty good.

College Freshman

Majors: I'm not in a program as of yet but I do work study for the education department at Gustavus. My likely history major is with an emphasis in education and there are plenty of options to help me down the road.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Lund facility is top notch at Gustavus given it had to be constructed after the tornado. I'm not a huge sports person, but I've loved the facility for working out and have heard nothing but positives from student athletes who are more involved than me with it.

College Freshman

Transportation: I don't know about transportation to or from the campus really other than on campus transportation (which is excellent) or when there are buses to college affiliated events such as President's Ball. I'm not the best to answer this due to a lack of information.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I find campus parking pricey and there are only so many spots. Some people do find off campus parking, but it's limited and usually only if you know someone in town.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know enough about Greek life to accurately describe or rate it seeing as I'm only a freshman and haven't learned about or experienced it as much as upperclassmen. However, most people view it positively when it's mentioned and it appears to be viewed pretty positively.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been vandalism cases at Gustavus, but those are rare and obviously difficult to prevent when it's spontaneous. I feel very safe and know that so long as I use common sense, the safety and security at Gustavus makes me more secure than at most other colleges I could be attending.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'm a pretty well behaved kid, and the campus safety officers are pretty reasonable in my opinion on how they handle things and I haven't seen a case where they've been overly strict. Gustavus is very good when it comes to the safety of students and enforcing common sense policies.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I may be a bit more generous rating here, but I've had a great experience with campus housing. As a freshman, I haven't had to the lottery running which applies to upperclassmen applying for quads or such, but Gustavus is by far better when it comes to expectations you'd have about housing than most colleges.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Unless you get one of the rare dishes that doesn't agree with your taste in cuisine, Gustavus is usually awesome when it comes to the food at the caf. It tends to get repetitive at times however, and it can be expensive.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not that much into the nightlife aspect of college, but from what I've seen, it's average and decent if you look hard enough. Again, St. Peter is pretty small but there are places to go like Patricks and there are various events on campus at any time along with the Dive every Friday night. Mankato also isn't too far away for those who can drive out on weekends.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a wide array of diversities at Gustavus, whether it be ethnic, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs or otherwise. It's also quite open for debate or discussion about differences and very rarely do conversations become hostile or awkward.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a fantastic community and there's more than you'd expect considering how small St. Peter is.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There have been many instances. I guess you have to find your way to those groups. Many students do not use.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety is really good at responding to anything. They are respectful and discrete when handling any sort of violation. They are respectful to students and want students to respect them. We have a lot of drinking on campus. They do their best to find the help students need.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are really great residence halls and there are places you don't really want to live. The random room draw numbers students receive can make it hard for people to get into places they want to live, especially if they receive poor numbers two years in a row.

4 College Junior

Diversity: This school does have diversity. However, administration does not handle instances of culturally ignorant or inappropriate behavior at all. They do not really celebrate great moments of achievement of students of diversity. They ignore instances of institutional racism. Yes, I do have a diverse friend group, but the school does not do enough to end racism and discrimination.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost of the restaurants in town are very reasonable. They are not too far from campus. There is some variety. There aren't very many student discounts.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a city transit, it is not too costly. There is some transportation that the school provides for free.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process is fairly easy. I got a lot of help from the school with expenses.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is not far from campus, you can easily walk to classes. There is plenty of availability, for juniors and seniors. Seniors get the first pick though.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic events are very popular, many students attend as well as people from the community. The athletic facilities are outstanding.

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Steven Olson
Hometown
Moorhead, MN
Major
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Regardless of the times of frustration, stress, and physical and social anguish, students always seem to firmly believe that Gustavus was the right choice for them, and most live and breathe the school and the campus traditions. Students who enter Gustavus know many of the “downfalls” before they enroll: the small-town atmosphere and the social politics involved with attending a college the size of many high schools. However, the benefits of the small-school experience are experienced right away: small class sizes, personal attention from professors, and the ability to meet and befriend a number of fellow students. Students who stick through the four years at Gustavus come away with a changed outlook on themselves and the world that surrounds them.

While Gustavus may lack many of the things that come with attending large schools, there are plenty of opportunities to make the four years something to treasure: activities are plentiful, the curricula can be challenging (if you push yourself), and the chance for self-exploration abounds. Living at Gustavus is sort of like living in a bubble (especially if you don't have a car). To respond to this effect, many students form large circles of friends that often intersect with other circles, eventually creating one large community. People are only one or two friends away from someone they don't know. Students also choose to break their bubble by studying abroad; around 50 percent of Gustavus graduating seniors have spent a J-term, semester, or year abroad. Gustavus graduates are, for the most part, down-to-earth individuals who know how to effectively communicate and approach complex issues. By the time they cross the graduation stage, they've realized that it isn't always about what they learned, but rather how they've learned and what it means to continue the learning process throughout their lives.

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