Why Gustavus?


There are a lot of factors that contribute to your college decision. Academic quality, residential life, financial aid... even the food can help you make up your mind! We hope that you visit a lot of colleges—both big and small—before you decide which one to call home for the next four years.

So, why Gustavus? We're known for our strength academically. We think that's the most important feature of a college. After all, you're going to college to get an education. There are a lot of ways to measure academic quality: faculty credentials, curriculum options, class size, graduation data, and more.

But college is also a collection of experiences—both inside and outside the classroom. Whether you're interested in arts or athletics, social justice or music, theatre or intramurals, we hope you look at the entire college to see if Gustavus is the right fit for you. When it comes down to it, your college decision is about just that; finding the right fit.

Think carefully about what features you're looking for in a college. Remember, we're here to help you along the way.

And when the time comes for you to make your decision, we hope you decide to be a Gustie!

Student Profile

We're known as "Gusties," after our namesake, Gustav II Adolph. Hailing from across the country and around the world, Gusties make their lives count in many ways. There are lots of numbers and statistics to compare when researching colleges; here are some that we think are important.

For a lot more stats and Gustavus facts, go to our Return on Education website.

Undergraduate 2,434
Full-time 98.6%
Residential 85%
Female Students 53%
Male Students 47%
In-State Residents 80%
Out-Of-State Residents 18%
Students Studying Abroad 60%
Intercollegiate athletics participation 27%
Students Receiving Need-based Financial Assistance 70%
International Students 3%
States Represented 43
Countries Represented 22
Students of Color 13%
Average Class Size 15
Double Majors 20%
Intramural and club sports participation 75%
Volunteering/service activities 55%
First–Year Class 2013
Size 610
Students in Top 10% of Their High School Class 33%
Average GPA 3.63
Average Combined Verbal & Math 1225
ACT Ranges (middle 50%): 25-30
Average Composite 27
Post Graduation Data
Most recent graduates who:
Went directly to graduate or professional school 32%
Ultimately attended graduate or professional school 75%
Average salary within three years of graduation $44,500
Alumni Network 26,000+

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