Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church located in St. Peter, Minnesota, United States. It was established in 1862 as Minnesota Elementar Skola by Eric Norelius. Gustavus consistently ranks high among the U.S. liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college offers more than 70 programs of study with 75 majors in over 20 academic departments and 3 interdisciplinary programs.

Gustavus Adolphus College has an active student life. The athletics department sponsors men's and women's sports teams, and they participate in basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and cross country. They are nicknamed the Golden Gusties. The college participates in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter , MN 56082-1498
General Phone: (507) 933-8000

Gustavus Adolphus College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts185Russian studies, Scandinavian studies, women's studies, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Business and Management100business, accounting, international business
Science96biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling63psychology
Education and Teaching60elementary school teaching, art education, English teaching, health teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social studies teaching, ...
Media39communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy28health and fitness, athletic trainer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine23registered nursing
Fine Arts15fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion
Security and Law Enforcement10corrections and criminal justice
Drama and Performing Arts6dance, drama
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Gustavus Adolphus College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree66655

Gustavus Adolphus College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Gustavus Adolphus College had a total enrollment of 2,625 students (2,755 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 90%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 46%
20-21 44%
22-24 9%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota2%
North Dakota1%

Gustavus Adolphus College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %

Gustavus Adolphus College Room and Board (2007)

Gustavus Adolphus College offers campus housing for 2,079 of its 2,755 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of St. Peter, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580690
SAT Math580690
ACT Verbal2329
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Gustavus Adolphus College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,400
Room and board $ 7,460
Room charge $ 4,710
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,750
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Gustavus Adolphus College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 235300)

Gustavus Adolphus College Faculty

Gustavus Adolphus College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year44$79,72016$77,941
Associate professoracademic year30$65,42726$62,262
Assistant professoracademic year25$55,81338$54,217
Instructoracademic year11$48,32314$46,216
All faculty totalacademic year110$67,24994$59,289

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Gustavus Adolphus College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Scandinavian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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