Gustavus Adolphus College

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Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minnesota, is a 4-year college that was established in 1862. It is directly affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, was founded by Swedish Americans and strives to maintain its Swedish and Lutheran Heritage. There is a Nobel Conference held as a premier event on campus each year that features world-renowned scholars and Nobel Laureates.

The Gustavus Adolphus campus offers science facilities, computer and language labs, and a large dining facility. In the center of campus resides the college’s Christ Chapel, which seats 1500 people. The chapel went through a major renovation in 2005 and 2011, adding a new social science center and Beck Hall. Thirty-three sculptures provided by Paul Granlund, who was a sculptor from Minnesota and an alumnus of the school, are displayed across campus. Produce is provided to the cafeteria by Big Hill Farm, which was founded by several of the college’s students.

Gustavus Adolphus College offers an comprehensive selection of over 70 study programs, 75 majors in 24 academic departments, and 3 interdisciplinary programs, which includes 14 honors majors. Programs range from physics to religion to Scandinavian studies. The college’s English and literature department offers several programs designed for aspiring writers. Since 1983, Phi Beta Kappa has been the college’s academic honor society, which is recognized across the United States. The school operates Curriculum II, which is an interdisciplinary general education program and recently became the first private college in Minnesota to remove the ACT/SAT requirement from its application process.

General Information

Admission Office

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082

(507) 933-7676

(800) 487-8288

Fax: (507) 933-7474

Contact: Mark Anderson

Vice-President for Enrollment Management
Main Address

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082-1498

(507) 933-8000

Total undergrads: 2,578

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 606

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,515


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 91%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Japanese Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Scandinavian Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
International Business B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Russian B
Scandinavian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious/Sacred Music B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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