Welcome to Gustavus!


Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, liberal arts college committed to helping you make your life count—in the classroom, on the field, at our campus in St. Peter, and wherever you go after graduation.

Founded in 1862 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants, the College is well known for its strong science, fine arts, athletics, study abroad, and servant-leadership programs. Gustavus has the distinction of hosting the annual Nobel Conference®, which brings the world's greatest minds to campus each October.

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Quick Facts

70 miles south of the Twin Cities

Founded in 1862 by Eric Norelius

72 majors in 24 academic departments


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Student-Faculty Ratio

79% of students graduate within 4 years

340 beautifully landscaped acres

More than 100 interest groups and organizations

Hosted 99 Nobel Laureates and counting

Top 20 for students studying abroad

Top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers

70% receive need-based financial assistance

More than 90% participate in experiential education

$45 million in institutional scholarship assistance


Dan Meinz ’11 Trains NHL Stars

Health and exercise science grad Dan Meinz '11 leads strength and conditioning for two dozen pro hockey players during the off-season.

Individuals, Communities Transformed Through 10 Years of Public Discourse

Public Discourse is a signature course of the Department of Communication Studies in which students work to address real-world problems.

Nobel Conference 53 Explores Science and Ethics of Reproductive Technology

"Reproductive Technology: How Far Do We Go?" will pair cutting-edge science and questions of ethics as we explore what it means to be human.

Undergraduate Research Leads to Mayo Clinic for Sara Graves

After joining the Gustavus community as a PSEO student, the senior is set to return to the Mayo Clinic for research after graduation.

Gustavus Commissions Nationwide Survey on Attitudes Toward Male Contraception

The new survey was commissioned in anticipation of the 53rd annual Nobel Conference, "Reproductive Technology: How Far Do We Go?"

Welcome to the Moved-In Class of 2021

They hail from 35 states and 14 nations, and 20 percent earned a 4.0 or higher in high school.