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Reviews 715 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are just bad - they didn't teach me anything and expect me to figure it all by myself. Some can be disorganized as well. But some are amazing and extremely insperational.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Within Minnesota this is a pretty respected college. Outside of it, not so much.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've heard of things but seen none.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They never give me my first preference options. I make the most of what I got though.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Nothing too special. Some Greek parties are better than others.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Depending on the events, but most sport games aren't that attractive. The facilities are ok for non-athlete, I can't however speak for the athlete about it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Prices wise, this place is amazing - even for an international student like myself!

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload recommended by the college is fairly easy, in my opinion. The registration process is simply, albeit frustrating for underclassmen when they log on only to discover the classes they wanted have filled.

4 College Junior

Diversity: While not a super diverse campus, I've witnessed nothing but acceptance of every minority group and encouragement of diverse perspectives through campus activities.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I've seen some underage drinking, but very few students use drugs, in fact I only met two people who used marijuana in an entire year. I went to parties, and I would be offered alcohol occasionally, put I never partook and more often than not the person offering the alcohol encouraged me to wait until I was of age before drinking. I've also had people reprimand people who offered me alcohol, even though there wasn't any pressure implied in the offer. Peer pressure regarding drugs and alcohol simply doesn't exist in my social circles. Even if drinking is popular because Gustavus is a wet campus, any pressure felt to drink is imagined by the student, not created by other students.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I chose Gustavus in part for its small class sizes, and I was not disappointed. Professors engage with students and encourage every student to participate in daily classroom discussions. Professors challenge students to think for themselves and to go beyond the surface of the material presented.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have always felt completely at ease walking around campus, even alone at night. I also know that the college takes the safety of its students very seriously. While sexual assaults have occurred, the college deals with them and ttys to do what it believes is best for the victim. There are also multiple resources on campus to help students in any situation.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life hosts some fun on campus events, but I don't think Greek life has a significant impact on daily campus life.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports only get campus-wide attention when they do well or at homecoming. As an athlete, though, I have had an amazing experience with coaches and teammates. While the indoor facilities are okay, the outdoor facilities are well-taken care of.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The small classes at Gustavus allow every student to engage in classroom discussions and helps professors get to know even the quietest of students. I feel completely at home at Gustavus, and I have been challenged academically without being pushed beyond my limits.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: yeah I don't have any networking from this school. I'm also not a Minnesota resident and don't wish to stay there, and that's really all they have for networking in general. I think they have some connects for computer science/ physics in MN but I'm not sure

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Other than the few people that I've found at Gustavus, everyone is kind of snobby. If I hadn't met the people that I had, I would definitely choose a different school if I could. Administration is awful and meets minimum requirements for accommodations and you can easily google how they handle rape cases (awfully). If you need extra assistance in terms of accommodations in housing or anything different than extra time on tests, do not come to Gustavus.Also, dorms are small as shit, some have roaches, and generally res life is a piece of s***. Please keep in mind, THIS IS A FOUR-YEAR RESIDENTIAL. You will have a very very small likelihood of living off-campus any time in your four years unless you have a child or are married.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Transportation on campus is easily accessible. There are many students that have cars on campus, as well as accessibility to safe rides and the gus bus. There are a few parties every weekend the of age and underage students attend.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The best parties take place at the off campus houses rented out by students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at Gustavus are interested in their students and want them to be successful while challenging them at the same time. Their curriculums are established ahead of time, but are flexible to change depending on the needs of the students. Courses are very easy to register for, with students who have more credits going first. Popular areas of study include the sciences as well as majors relating to health and mathematics.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Overall, I believe the majority of people on campus are very accepting of others that are in the minority, welcoming and including them with open arms. I do not believe the campus is as ethnically diverse as it could be, but there are many international students on campus that add to this diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many students party on the weekends, either in the dorms, apartments, or houses near campus. I have never been pressured into drinking directly, but just the fact that a lot of people do is a sort of indirect pressure to join in since you can see the fun they are having. If a CF runs into a student that they believe to be intoxicated they almost always check to see if they actually are and make them pay the consequences.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i have loved my first year at Gustavus and can't wait for the next years!!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, Everything is close, but if you wanted to escape from people you can. The Arb is great!! Everyone is friendly at Gustavus and many greet you or hold the door for you. Love GAC!!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletic facilities aren't the greatest, but the Gustie spirit is so strong it makes up for it. Gusts have lots of pride and love cheering on their teams. Go Gusties!!


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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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