Gustavus Adolphus College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Saint Peter, MN
Website
www.gustavus.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
2,484
Part-Time Undergrads
42
Setting
Town
In-State Tuition
$37,660
Out-of-State Tuition
$37,660
Room & Board
$8,880
Acceptance Rate
63 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1720–2050
Average ACT Scores
26–30

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Gustavus friendliness and sense of community
  • The caf food (especially frost-your-own cookies)
  • J-Term
  • Midnight Express

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Do something stupid on Friday night? The kid you've never talked to in French class will undoubtedly know by Monday morning.
  • Expensive cable
  • Limited parking spaces
  • Living in a rural community

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Gustavus Student Reviews

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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.

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