Gustavus Adolphus College

731 reviews
  1. Saint Peter, MN
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Gustavus Adolphus College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Gustavus Adolphus College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Range
1080-1340
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$25,064/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,986/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,927/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,213/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,476/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,598/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.55 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,425Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Invested students with varied interests
    46%
  • Full of ideas and motivated.
    25%
  • Party People
    11%
  • Human, late teens or early twenties
    7%
  • Snobby
    7%
  • Friendly, driven and know how and when to have fun
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
75%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.57 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Encouragement of holistic learning.
    46%
  • Make Your Life Count
    21%
  • Open to new ideas.
    13%
  • Business-minded
    8%
  • Friendly
    4%
  • Nurturing
    4%
  • Uncaring
    4%

After Gustavus Adolphus College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.25 responses

Reviews

731 reviews
  • Excellent
    121
  • Very Good
    319
  • Average
    238
  • Poor
    43
  • Terrible
    10
I'm majoring in Russian and English, I have a minor in Comparative Literature, and I managed to study abroad. It hasn't been easy by any means, but I can say with confidence that I have learned an immense amount and have gained many different perspectives on the world. I go from a class size of twenty five to a class of two. It's a very diverse school, and it focuses a lot on community. As not a very touchy-feely person, I must say I do enjoy the sense of camaraderie on campus, and even amongst alumni and current students and professors.

Sorry, this is mostly just rambling. But I would choose this school all over again. It has its downfalls, sure, but so does every other school. If there's a school that doesn't, let's face it--you're not living in the real world. I'd choose Gustavus again in a heartbeat. After all, what other school has Joyce Sutphen, Rob Kendrick, Baker Lawley, Denis Crnkovic (the c needs an acute accent), Glenn Kranking, or Richard Lietch?

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  • College Junior
  • 8 months ago
The athletic facilities at Gustavus are very up to date. They are always getting updated, in fact we recently got new treadmills put in. The pool, where I spend most of my time is large, clean and one of the nicest pools that I've seen around. There is a lot of student involvement in the athletics here. The swim team is one of the biggest in the conference. The women's team is really good (we got second at conference) and the men's team is constantly improving (they got fourth at conference this year). We also have a lot of fan support. The "Hill Crew" has recently been established, which is our cheering section, they draw big crowds to football, basketball, and other games. The swim team also has a decent sized fan section, with our stands usually full during competitions. There is a lot of school spirit, we are all proud to be Gusties!
  • College Freshman
  • 8 months ago
I've Loved Every Minute Spent as an Athletic Training Major! I love my program in athletic training. I have excellent, personable, caring, knowledgable instructors. The class are fun and we get lots of hands on practice, which I love because I'm a hands on learner. As an athletic training major, I interact with athletic trainers, coaches, and athletes on a daily basis. It is so much fun to see an athlete or team succeed and know that you helped them do that. I plan on pursuing a degree in physical therapy immediately following my graduation. I'm hoping to have a part-time athletic training job throughout grad school. In the long run, I would love to incorporate athletic training and physical therapy into a career working somewhere in sports or pediatric therapy.
  • College Junior
  • July 26 2012