Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 2,250
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Student to faculty ratio 11:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,133 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Gustavus Adolphus College is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 4,801 applications and 3,111 students were granted admission. Gustavus Adolphus College is at the #63 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Gustavus Adolphus College's tuition was $42,360 for all students regardless of residency (58.1% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 97% of Gustavus Adolphus College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 27% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,154 (which is 5.6% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2016-2017, was 398, which is 65% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,180 (which is 4.8% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Gustavus Adolphus College has enrolled a total of 2,250 students (2,219 students full-time and 31 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,250 students, 22 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 46% men and 54% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 79%

Hispanic: 5%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Asian: 4%

Two or more races: 4%

Black/African American: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Social Sciences 8% 168
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 8% 162
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 152
Psychology 7% 150
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 80
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4% 78
Physical Sciences 4% 76
Education 3% 70
Visual And Performing Arts 3% 58
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 50

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Gustavus Adolphus College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Gustavus Adolphus College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $38,800. Last year, out of the total 713 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 713 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 848 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 797 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $38,800 $48,400
Employment Rate 100% 94%
Total Graduates 713 848

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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