Gustavus Adolphus College


Enrollment: 2,515.

Student Body: 57% female, 43% male, 18% out-of-state, international (15 countries represented).

Retention and Graduation: 91% freshmen return for sophomore year. 79% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 19% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 5% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 3% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 2% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 12:1. 200 full-time faculty, 85% hold PhDs, 13% are members of minority groups, 46% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Biology/biological sciences; business/commerce; psychology.

Special Study Options: Cooperative education program, cross-registration, double major, dual enrollment, exchange student program (domestic), honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: Curriculum II. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career assessment, internships.

Career services highlights include: The school has a well developed internship program offering month-long career explorations as well as full-semester and summer full-time and part-time internships for academic credit. Forty-eight percent of our graduates participate in an internship for academic credit and 93.4% participated in some type of experiential learning during their college experience.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students, apartments for single students, wellness housing, theme housing 95% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Art gallery, mineral museum, electron microscopes, arboretum, 14-inch computer-guided Celestron telescope, artificial intelligence laboratory, materials science laboratory, 300-MHz NMR spectrometer, five-section greenhouse.

Computers: 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 50% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Village.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook.

Organizations: 120 registered organizations, 11 honor societies, 8 religious organizations. 5 fraternities, 5 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, ice hockey, skiing (nordic & cross-country), soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, skiing (nordic & cross-country), soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Campus Center, Courtyard Cafe, Lund Athletic Center, Christ Chapel, Linnaeus Arboretum. With over 75% of students remaining on campus during a typical weekend (according to our Dining Service), our students actively use the entire campus. As there are no city streets intersecting our campus, Gusties enjoy their home on the hill. Environmental Initiatives: Seeking to acquire 5 MW of wind generator capacity Established the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation Strong institutional commitment to recycling & energy conservation


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.64. 34% in top 10% of high school class, 69% in top 25% of high school class, 97% in top 50% of high school class. 92% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 580-690. ACT middle 50% range 24-29. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Rigor of secondary school record. Important factors considered include: Application essay, academic GPA, recommendation(s), standardized test scores. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, extracurricular activities, first generation, geographical residence, interview, level of applicant s interest, racial/ ethnic status, religious affiliation/commitment, state residency, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 2 social studies, 2 history. Academic units recommended: 4 mathematics, 3 science, (3 science labs), 3 foreign language, 2 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 3,128 applied, 75% admitted, 27% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.4 required. Lowest grade transferable 2.

General Admission Information: Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 11/20. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $29,990. Room and board $7,460. Required fees $140. Average book expense $750.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, CSS Profile required of all students applying for need-based assistance. Financial aid filing deadline 4/15. Priority financial aid filing date 2/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 1/20.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins, state loans, alternative loans from private lenders.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,800. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 70% freshmen, 65% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 35% freshmen, 39% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 70% freshmen, 65% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 96% freshmen, 95% undergrads receive any aid. 70% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $24,297.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, music/ drama, religious affiliation.

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