Top 20 Universities in Minnesota

Top 20 Universities in Minnesota
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19. Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private institution that was founded in 1862. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,456, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

Its tuition and fees are $41,620 (2015-16).

Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential, liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota, that prepares 2,550 undergraduate students for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning.

The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus was founded in 1862 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. Gustavus Adolphus College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Throughout its history, it has valued its Lutheran and Swedish heritages.


When applying to Gustavus Adolphus College, it’s important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1.

It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.1 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Gustavus Adolphus College is 11:1, and the school has 56.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Gustavus Adolphus College include: Business/Commerce, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; Education, General; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91 percent.

Student Life

Gustavus Adolphus College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,456, with a gender distribution of 45.8 percent male students and 54.2 percent female students. At this school, 85 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15 percent of students live off campus.

Gustavus Adolphus College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Campus Services

Gustavus Adolphus College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, and health insurance.

Gustavus Adolphus College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Gustavus Adolphus College, 55 percent have cars on campus.

Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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