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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The sororities are either stereotypical annoying girls or crazy, depending on the sorority. The frats are better, although some are definitely better than others.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a huge variety in the type of people at Gustavus in terms of personality, looks, and dress. Honestly the majority of the females here are skinny blonde girls in Northface and Uggs. However, there are lots of other more individual looking girls as well. There are a lot of different types of guys to hang with on campus too, whether you want to hang out with bros and jocks or just play some League of Legends or Magic the Gathering with the more nerdy people.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe at Gustavus and the campus safety officers are really great.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't nearly as many options as you'd have in a larger city, but Gustavus students are generally happy with the choices available to them (except the constant complaints about not having a Chipotle, although there is one 15 minutes away in Mankato). There's fast food (McDonald's, Arby's, Subway, Erberts and Gerberts), several pizza places, and nicer places like El Agave (local Mexican restaurant), Patrick's (the most popular bar in town), and Whiskey River.

3 College Senior

Majors: The history major at Gustavus is pretty good. The majority of the professors in the department are super nice and also great teachers. They (and most other professors at Gustavus) are always willing to help with anything you might be struggling with in class or to give you input on a project or paper. The history major has classes in a lot of areas, so it's possible to stick mostly to classes that are in your main area of interest in the major (chronologically, geographically, etc.)

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Gustavus offers a lot of scholarship options, especially for applicants with good grades. More financial help would be beneficial, but the financial aid packages here do help a lot with the high price of a Gustavus education.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of people are able to get off-campus housing, but those who do are very happy with it. A lot of off-campus students throw parties at their houses frequently, while others do rarely or never, so it's up to the individuals who live there. There are a lot of options within walking distance of the college.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Off campus parties can be really great here (as long as they're not busted by the police, which does happen). There's a variety of places students can go depending on whether they're looking for a more chill environment or a loud, more typical party. The main problem with the party scene is that it can be difficult to find places to go until you know the right people.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some sports are a lot more popular than others. Football games sometimes get a good crowd, but the most popular sport to watch here is probably hockey. The students at hockey games are super enthusiastic and everyone has a great time watching. Some other sports, like basketball, rarely get mentioned by the student population in general.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing at Gustavus is actually really great. The custodians here are awesome and work hard to keep the buildings clean and comfortable to live in. The CFs are always willing to help with any issues you might have in the dorms as well. There are traditional housing options as well as apartments.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Gustavus is ranked as having one of the top college cafeterias in the country. It's a bit overpriced, but there's a wide variety of food every day as well as choices for vegetarians and gluten-free options for people with allergies. There's also a snack area where you can buy bottled drinks and bags of chips and things like that. There's also a small coffee shop with drinks and baked goods.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As an average college kid, I think it's great. Don't expect anything too fancy though. Aside from a couple hometown places, we basically just have Domino's and some other fast food places. But really what more does one need?

College Freshman

Majors: Not far along enough to give an accurate rating.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Students are very conscious about safety here. Parties rarely get out of hand, and almost everyone knows right from wrong.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are bangers almost every weekend. Most hosts are cool about letting people in, and freshman aren't excluded often. Never hurts to know a few people who are there though. Some weekends are much better than others.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is huge here. Football and basketball typically get a pretty good turn out too. Lots of school spirit to go around. Lots of athletes have friends who play a different sport. A big positive is that many athletes have non-athlete friends too, so really athletes blend in with the student body well.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is more or less a joke. Pretty much just a reason for people to wear watching sweatshirts and try to look cool. They put on activities and do volunteering stuff every now and then, but most are just glorified friend groups.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty good, but like everything else at Gustavus, it's overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It's a school devoted to academic excellence without being crazy difficult.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Saint Peter is a pleasant place to live. The local coffee shop is very popular. There is a grocery store and food co-op very close to campus.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I really don't pay attention to sports at all. The people who do seem to enjoy it. The athletes seem very close to each other.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. Sometimes students get out of hand, but they are dealt with. Our campus small and located on top of a hill, so we are fairly isolated. The location makes me feel safe as well. Nothing bad or frightening has ever happened to me, and I am confident I am not in danger when at school.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing, but I would like to live off-campus. My understanding is that it is cheaper than living on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is nice, though it is expensive. It is very difficult to be allowed to live off-campus. Students are required to live on campus unless they receive approval to live off-campus.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I have the fincanial aid I need, but I need to apply for more from outside sources in order to afford school.

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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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