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Reviews 723 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would have rated this excellent only if the prices were lower. The only reason why they're so high is that people steal and as the majority who doesn't steal I have to pay the consequences.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a hankering for fatty food at the crack of midnight you're in business but if you like the fancy stuff you have come to the wrong place.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The small town vibe inhibits a more close-knit community so if you do something bad everyone is going to hear about what you did.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I say its okay because if you don't want to do much a swing into small town St.Peter can work, but if you wanted to go somewhere hip and trendy you'd have to drive 20 minutes to get to Mankato and even then its harnessed by its Midwestern tendencies.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: As a smaller school compared to most, the activity of the student is much more needed at this school compared to state colleges.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only problem I have with the athletics is the current condition of the athletic facilities. Compared to other schools in our conference, the Gustavus equipment is 20 years behind everyone else.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If people want to do stuff thats frowned upon they can only if they don't make a scene. Truly only the less clever students get caught for wrongdoings.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite part about the classes overall is that the basic required classes take a specific part of a study like english and break it down to a class like film adaptation.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't quite sent in any resume for jobs but from others the Gustavus Adolphus degree they got helps in that the private school degree outweighs the state college degree.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Due to my current financial situation im stuck between to wealthy for financial aid but yet to poor being able to actually pay the full tuition without attempting dozens of scholarships like this one but with no avail.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Going into English there is a lot of reading but that comes with the territory of Humanities majors in general.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professor at GAC really put forth efforts to progress the learning of every student on campus. They have a lot of office hour time for students to ask for help and answer questions on previous lectures.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't quite understand this question but if its in terms of the representation of certain groups they are given weeks dedicated to their cause and beliefs as well as constant awareness in bulletins and other forms of college media.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are pretty old but for there age they are not that bad.

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.

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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.


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Steven Olson
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History and Scandinavian Studies
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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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