Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Gustavus Adolphus College
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Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions Overview:

Gustavus Adolphus College has an acceptance rate of 67%, making it a mostly accessible school. Successful applicants, in general, have solid grades and a strong application. With holistic admissions and a test-optional policy, Gustavus Adolphus looks at a student's academic background, writing skills, range of extracurricular activities, and more--rather than just grades and test scores.

To apply, interested students can fill out an application with the school, or through the Common Application, and must submit high school transcripts and a teacher recommendation. For more information, be sure to check out the school's website, and contact the admissions office with any questions. 

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Admissions Data (2015):

Gustavus Adolphus College Description:

Named after King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus College is a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

To this day the college maintains its ties to Sweden and hosts an annual Nobel Conference featuring Nobel Prize winners. Gustavus Adolphus has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 15. Students can choose from 71 majors, and the college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Gustavus is located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, about one hour southwest of Minneapolis. In athletics, the Gustavus Adolphus Gusties compete in the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Popular sports include football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field. 

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,379 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,840
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,400
  • Other Expenses: $1,140
  • Total Cost: $54,280

Gustavus Adolphus College Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 68%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,958
    • Loans: $9,166

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 12%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 81%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

    • Men's Sports: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf
    • Women's Sports: Golf, Swimming, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis, Cross Country

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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