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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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity games are lots of fun to attend. Great atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The places where varsity sports play are spectacular facilities, but the general student work out facility is old and small. Talk has been made towards renovating the Lund Center, but as of now it is just on the list of buildings that need to be renovated.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have good facilities for athletics. I would say the major focus is on education and extra-curriculars rather than sports. Although, we do offer competitive sports teams with great coaching staff. The school is supportive of athletes, but it is not the main focus on campus.


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  • 500th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 559th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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On the rise at Gustavus are the men's and women's club sports that include rugby and ultimate Frisbee. Often they will get fans and spectators at the home games when there isn't much else to do on a Sunday afternoon. School-sponsored sports are Division III, but it doesn't stop the turnout for home games. While it may be tradition to lose at Homecoming, the football team garners support from both faculty and students alike who deep down know they are unlikely to see a conference title. It isn't a surprise for the hockey teams to win the conference, though. They're supported by a strong fan base with high expectations. The athletic tradition has a long history that reflects the number of conference titles in Gustavus' trophy cases. 

Gustavus prides itself in the hockey, golf, and tennis programs for both men and women, but this doesn't mean that basketball and others are forgotten. In the past, the Gustavus women's basketball team has ranked near the top in the conference, along with the swimming and diving teams and softball. The men's basketball and soccer teams have also ranked ahead of others in the conference. In regards to the College's main sporting events, it's safe to say that almost every graduating senior has been to at least one hockey game. Men's and women's hockey teams are serious at Gustavus because of the school's reputation and simply because it's in Minnesota where the winters are long, cold, and dark.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Basketball: Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Golden Gusties
Men Playing Varsity Sports
386 - 37%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
258 - 19%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor enthusiasts
  • Rugby
  • Swing dancing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Flag football
  • Football (coed)
  • Futsal
  • Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Walleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Football stadium
  • Gustavus Field
  • Le Sueur Country Club
  • Lund Center
  • Meditation area
  • Putting green
  • Soccer & Track Complex
  • Softball field
  • Swanson Tennis Bubble
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's hockey, men's basketball, men's and women's tennis, football, golf
Most Overlooked Teams
Nordic skiing, women's gymnastics
School Spirit
Though lots of school spirit is usually associated with Division I schools, there is no shortage of school pride at this Division III college. While tailgating may not occur before the big home game, and ESPN doesn't cover the big rivalry against St. Olaf, students and faculty are proud to be Gusties. Walk into any classroom on any given day, and there will undoubtedly be more than one person wearing Gustie gear. School spirit seems to overflow all the time, not just during bustling athletic seasons but around town and in the classroom, too. It also seems unlikely that any school has more organizations that make their own T-shirts for just about every occasion. Simply put, people who go to Gustavus love being Gusties.
Getting Tickets
Home games are free with a student ID; playoffs have a fee.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The arboretum, which also has a meditation area with benches for studying or hanging out
Did You Know?
"Gus," the lion, is the school mascot because Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus was known as the "Lion of the North."

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 54% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 51% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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