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Gustavus Adolphus College Overview

Located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College is a private not-for-profit institution. Saint Peter is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Gustavus Adolphus College Known For?

539 Undergraduate Awards
$35,799 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Gustavus Adolphus have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Gustavus Adolphus.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Gustavus Adolphus with a bachelor's degree make about $51,700 a year. That's 27% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Gustavus Adolphus student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Gustavus Adolphus College Rankings

We have ranked Gustavus Adolphus as #139 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Gustavus Adolphus also holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in Minnesota ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Gustavus Adolphus has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#144 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Gustavus Adolphus.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Gustavus Adolphus has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#15 Best General Education Schools College Factual
#16 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#38 Best Education Schools College Factual
#85 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#86 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#176 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Gustavus Adolphus College?


Contact details for Gustavus Adolphus are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498
Phone: 507-933-8000

How Do I Get Into Gustavus Adolphus?

You can apply to Gustavus Adolphus online at:

Admission Requirements for Gustavus Adolphus

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Gustavus Adolphus?

71% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Gustavus Adolphus College is 71%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Can I Afford Gustavus Adolphus College?

$35,799 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
1.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Gustavus Adolphus is $35,799. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Gustavus Adolphus, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $9,133 a year. That adds up to $36,532 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Gustavus Adolphus is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Gustavus Adolphus College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,220 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,230 undergraduate students at Gustavus Adolphus, with 2,220 being full-time and 10 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,220 full-time undergraduates at Gustavus Adolphus, 41% are male and 59% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Gustavus Adolphus College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 113
Black or African American 79
Hispanic or Latino 127
White 1,722
International Students 62
Other Races/Ethnicities 117

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Gustavus Adolphus College. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at Gustavus Adolphus. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, Pakistan, and Mexico.

Online Learning at Gustavus Adolphus College

0 Took All Classes Online

Gustavus Adolphus College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 47 47
General Business/Commerce 42 42
General Biology 41 41
Health & Physical Education 41 41
Communication & Media Studies 35 35
Nursing 32 32
Political Science & Government 27 27
General English Literature 25 25
Natural Resources Conservation 24 24
Economics 24 24
General Education 20 20
Accounting 16 16
Fine & Studio Arts 13 13
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 12
History 10 10
Chemistry 10 10
Physics 10 10
Music 10 10
Computer Science 9 9
Area Studies 9 9
Classical Languages & Literature 9 9
Geography & Cartography 8 8
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 7 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 7
Ethnic Studies 6 6
Sociology 6 6
Dance 6 6
Romance Languages 5 5
Mathematics 5 5
Philosophy 5 5
Religious Studies 5 5
East Asian Languages 4 4
Statistics 4 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 4 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 1
TOTAL 539 539


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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