Gustavus Adolphus College

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School Overview

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.

Gustavus Adolphus College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (507) 933-8000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498
Setting: Town: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,237
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 80%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,237 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $47,040
Out-of-state Tuition: $47,040
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $35,617

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Gustavus Adolphus College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 10
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 48

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Gustavus Adolphus College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $47,040
Out-of-state $47,040
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 645 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 643 99% $35,617
Student loan aid 411 63% $8,653

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,050 91% $28,012
Federal student loans 1,353 60% $6,745

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Gustavus Adolphus College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Gustavus Adolphus College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,957 2,031 2,926
Percent admitted 100% 65% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 13% 13%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Gustavus Adolphus College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,237
Undergraduate enrollment 2,237
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Gustavus Adolphus College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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