Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 75.44

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN http://gustavus.edu/
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 9 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, and 90% of them live on campus. Students can choose from 72 majors and 15 pre-professional programs. Fine arts are a major focus, with nearly half of students participating in arts programs, including multiple choral ensembles and orchestras, faculty-directed plays, and gallery and studio spaces. For fun, Gusties "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 2022-2023
$63,000
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,200
Average price for low-income students
$15,740

Admissions

Acceptance rate
69%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,220

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
92%
% of students who get merit grants
25%
Average merit grant
$26,170

Student Success

Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$27,000
Early career earnings
$59,180
% earning more than a high school grad
81%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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