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Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College pays homage to its Swedish heritage by hosting the annual Nobel Conference, which has brought Nobel laureates to campus since 1963. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and religion is an important part of the student experience: The school offers daily Sabbath services and is home to 12 student-run religious organizations. More than 75% of Gusties, as they're called, participate in the school's community service programs. The small size of the school and the surrounding community contributes to its close-knit culture. About 2,200 undergraduates attend the school, which is located on 340 acres in St. Peter, Minnesota. Fine arts are a major focus, with about 40% of students participating in arts programs, including multiple choral ensembles and orchestras, faculty-directed plays, and gallery and studio spaces. For fun, Gusties will "tray" down snowy campus hills on cafeteria trays or dress the bust of the school's namesake, Gustav Adolph, in holiday-appropriate clothing.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$58,300
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,900
Average price for low-income students
$12,470
admissions
Acceptance rate
68%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,170
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
92%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$22,283
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$49,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Apr 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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