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Reviews 595 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Gustavus is great because the faculty and staff go out of their way to get to know you and down the wonderful, stressful journey that is college. I'd definitely choose Gustavus again.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Gustavus is a great, welcoming place to go to college. The campus is small but gorgeous, and both students and staff are friendly and constantly go out of their way to ensure your success both in and out of the classroom. We have prominent school pride and amazing food, and even though it is located in a small town, Gustavus is always bustling with different activities for students to do.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Gustavus Adolphus College is a great school! It's small in size and you get to know the students, faculty, staff, and professors. I don't know what more you want. Also, the food is good and there is a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: There isn't much variety. Near the end of the year, the students are annoyed that the same foods are served every day of the week. More variety would be really nice.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone lives on campus, seniors try to get approved for off campus housing but it seems more hassle than its worth

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In St. Peter there's just fast food, locally owned restaurants and the grocery stores, if you want anything more interesting you have to go to Mankato

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You can definitely find a party if you want to...

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus safety isn't very strict about dorm life, especially about visitors

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is a hassle, it's always impossible to get a hold of anyone that can help you

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Free laundry, nice rooms, good food

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The value of the food in the cafeteria is great. You really do get what you're paying for, and a lot of it is all like home cooked meals. There is such a variety of options to have in the cafeteria, which is why we're ranked no.7 in the nation. We have many nutritious meals available and many vegetarian and vegan options, which is really cool. I think the workers in the cafeteria also make the experience good because they go out of their way to talk and get to know you.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really like the housing at Gustavus for the most part. It has all the amenities that I would need there. The social atmosphere and friendless of upperclassmen and RAs is really awesome; I can go to them about anything. I love that I can next door and just hang out with my best friends; it's super easy. The cleanliness is probably what I dislike most, but I think that is due to my fellow classmates. We have people come in everyday to clean up, so they do really try to please us.

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?

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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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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