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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: As a smaller school compared to most, the activity of the student is much more needed at this school compared to state colleges.

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2 College Senior

Campus Quality: Not much outside of the classroom. The sports facilities are pretty terrible and there is not much of a party scene

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Great academics, really ingrain what it means to be a student here in your specific academic discipline.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings are great, but the gym is not ideal.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have great facilities on campus, as majority of the student body stays on campus, since we are so far from the cities.

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There is a place to study, play, and relax for every student at Gustavus. Whether one is looking for solitary outdoor meditation, social interaction teeming with people in the caf, or a comfortable balance with relaxed conversations in the Courtyard Cafe, the facilities make Gustavus an incredibly secure and content place to learn and play. The campus is beautiful during the summer with exotic-looking plants scattered throughout the heart of campus. Though the winter turns everything into a frozen tundra and white covers up a lot of the beauty, the arboretum provides the best place to ski.

If you're looking for the action on campus, the cafeteria and student union are the best bets. Since the caf hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., there will always be someone to talk to. The student center also has an art gallery, coffee shop, offices of student organizations, a bookstore, counseling center, diversity center, post office, and other meeting spaces for student organizations to gather. The academic facilities are mostly up-to-date and above par. Unfortunately, the music and art buildings are dated, and the education and nursing department buildings leave more to be desired. For those interested in the biology and chemistry disciplines, Nobel Hall is scheduled for a facelift, and you might reap the benefits. The library is well-staffed and expansive, and the athletic center is used by not only student athletes, but also other students and faculty.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
340 acres
Student Centers
Jackson Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Courtyard Café
  • The Dive
  • The hot tub in Lund
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Courtyard Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Wallenberg Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights-movies are free to students and are typically new releases that are between theaters and DVD.
"Green" Initiatives
Green initiatives include solar panels on the roof of Beck, a print accountability system to reduce wasted paper, and the use of locally grown vegetables (from Big Hill Farm) in the caf.
School Slang
  • `Kato: Mankato
  • Arb: The Linnaeus Arboretum, located on the south end of campus, has many trails, a rose garden, and a nature preserve; an aerial view shows that it is shaped like the state of Minnesota.
  • BC/AD Letter Cube: Though it actually means Before Christ and Anno Domini, students give the letter cube in front of the library a spin to help determine their grades at midterms and finals.
  • C in CC: Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • CAB: Campus Activities Board
  • The caf: The Market Place
  • CFs: Short for collegiate fellows; this is what other schools commonly refer to as RAs (resident assistants).
  • Chapel: Held at 10 a.m. during each class day
  • The Cities: It is not just Minneapolis, St. Paul, or the `burbs anymore. "The Cities" is the all-encompassing term for the Twin Cities.
  • Coed: More officially referred to as Norelius Hall
  • Complex: What the combination of North, Gibbs, and Sorensen dorms are called
  • The Dive: What used to be the old swimming pool on campus has turned into a fun and relaxing place to hang out with friends, located in the student union. Look for dances every Friday night.
  • Echo circle: Right outside the campus center, stand in the middle of the "echo circle" and hear anything you say said right back to you.
  • Econo: Econo Foods, the only grocery store in St. Peter
  • FTS: First-Term Seminar; every first-year is required to enroll in one during their first semester.
  • The Grib: Think of it as a glorified student directory. Each fall, every student receives a copy of "the Grib" that lists everyone's name, year, telephone number, and picture. Besides being a foolproof way to identify that person you see every day in the Market Place, "Grib Shopping" means picking out the best and worst on campus.
  • Gustie: What you become by enrolling at Gustavus
  • Gustie Greeter: Current students assigned to greet new first-year students as they move in; Gustie Greeters lead an assigned group of first-year students through the five-day orientation period.
  • Gustie Rouser: Sung during sporting events and any other time that you want to cheer on Gustavus
  • J-Term: January term-a month spent taking one class or traveling
  • North Side: The north end of campus as divided by the Chapel; primarily dorms, athletic facilities, and the campus center
  • Old Main: The oldest building on campus; it used to house the entire College back in the late-1800s.
  • Old Main Hill: "The Hill" that you must come up to get to campus
  • Patty's: Patrick's on Third, a popular restaurant and bar frequented by Gusties. For upperclassmen, it's "the" place to be on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • P-Ball: This stands for President's Ball, and event each spring where students head up to the Cities for a formal evening of dinner and swing dancing.
  • POs: Post office boxes in the campus center
  • Ring Road: The main road that runs around all of campus
  • SAO: Student Activities Office, the one-stop spot for event/transportation tickets, room reservations, and anything else pertaining to the campus center
  • Shakespeare Pit: Right beside the Fine Arts Building, the Shakespeare Pit is an indented portion of the ground where professors often teach class on nice days.
  • Sorority/Fraternity Banquet: Once in the fall and once in the spring, each sorority and fraternity hosts an evening (or weekend) of fun for their members and dates.
  • South Side: The south end of campus, as divided by the Chapel; primarily dorms and academic buildings
  • Townies: Locals from St. Peter
  • The Weekly: The campus newspaper
  • BW3s on Tuesdays: Buffalo Wild Wings in Mankato offers cheap wings and beer on Tuesday nights.
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: At the beginning of December, the school celebrates the season of Advent with five performances of Christmas in Christ Chapel. The service features students in the music, theater, and dance departments, and has a different theme each year.
  • Decorate Gus the Bust : Old Gus, the bust of Gustavus Adolphus right outside the Edgar M. Carlson Administration Building, is notoriously decorated by students. It always decorated with a cap and tassel on graduation day.
  • Earth Jam: Held on the last Saturday before finals, it's an all-day, outdoor music festival.
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Established in 1981, the conference occurs on the last Wednesday in April and focuses on different issues of peace and social justice each year.
  • Midnight Express: During finals, students are served up tasty snacks by their professors and administrators while getting to listen to music provided by the jazz ensembles.
  • Nobel Conference: One of the most recognizable events on campus, the Nobel Conference is held for two days every fall. Nobel laureates come to campus to discuss different science-related topics each year.
  • Painting the Rock: Right in front of Old Main Hill sits a rock. This rock likes to change colors nearly every day. It has become tradition that student organizations, and occasionally a few overzealous friends with birthday wishes, paint the rock to advertise campus events. Look for every Greek organization to paint the rock at least once during pledging.
  • Senior Week: In the days between finals and graduation, seniors have a week of fun activities before they head off into the real world.
  • St. Lucia Day: During the first week of December, the school celebrates the Swedish festival of St. Lucia. Five sophomore women are chosen by their classmates based on their leadership and academic accomplishments to represent St. Lucia. On the day of the festival, all of the women go caroling through campus at 5 a.m., and St. Lucia is crowned during chapel at 10 a.m. on the same day.
  • Traying down Old Main Hill: When winter finally rolls around, grab a tray from the caf and go "traying" down the main hill on campus.
Urban Legends
  • Afraid of ghosts? Apparently, they like to hide out in Bjorling Recital Hall.
  • Each year during freshman orientation, first-years (and their overzealous Gustie Greeters) attend the annual hoedown. Word has it that 80 percent of first-years end up marrying their dance partner.
  • Supposedly, the music building was built long and narrow because it was designed during the 1960s, when student protests and sit-ins were popular. The designers wanted to prevent students from organizing in wide open spaces, so they built the building long and narrow with small staircases to make it more difficult for sit-ins to take place and students to protest.
Favorite Things To Do
Students often become creative with ways to spend their spare time. Some popular activities include dancing up a storm on Friday nights in the Dive, grabbing coffee with a friend at the Courtyard Café, taking a yoga class at Lund, loitering in the Market Place to chat with as many people as possible, relaxing on the leather couches or playing foosball in the Dive, catching lo-fi musicians on evenings in the Courtyard Café, playing racquetball and hot-tubbing or sitting in the sauna in Lund, catching a free varsity sporting event, or getting involved in one of the multitude of extracurricular clubs and organizations.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Gustavian Weekly
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
With more than 120 active student organizations, if you still can't find one for you, then create one yourself! Gustavus encourages students to create their own organization whether its community-, academic-, service-, or special interest-oriented. Plus, this doesn't count intramural sports; you can find volleyball, soccer, flag football, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, racquetball, walleyball, futsal, broomball, badminton, softball, kickball, and Quidditch! There are also club sports such as men's and women's rugby, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee that travel and compete with other schools.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 49 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 21 responses

  • 21% Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • 21% Nobel Conference
  • 19% Midnight Express
  • 16% Traying down Old Main Hill
  • 6% MAYDAY! Peace Conference
  • 6% Painting the Rock
  • 4% St. Lucia Day
  • 3% Senior Week
  • 1% Cross Country
  • 1% Homecoming
  • 0% Decorate Gus the Bust
  • 0% Earth Jam
  • 0% BW3s on Tuesdays

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 25% Hang out in the Caf
  • 23% Hang out with friends
  • 18% Socialize in common areas
  • 11% Go to the Arb
  • 11% Go to the Sauna
  • 7% Go to the Pool
  • 4% Work out in Lund
  • 4% Drink alone in my room

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 22 responses

  • 41% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 45% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 5% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 54 responses

  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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