Gustavus Lingo & Department Descriptions

Here are definitions of many common Gustavus terms and a quick guide to describing the offices and services frequently used by parents and students.


Located on the north end of Eckman Mall, has a circle drive, and is a typical location for students to meet for transportation.
County park on Hwy 169 between St. Peter and Mankato. Has several miles of hiking trails, and students often visit there to have evening campfires.
Carlson Administration Building housing such departments as the President's Office, Finance Office, Registrar, and Financial Aid.
Although it indicates graduates of Gustavus, students most often are referring to Alumni Hall, a large meeting/programming room in the upper level of Johnson Student Union.
The Arb
Linneaus Arboretum is a 135-acres on-campus arboretum.
Area Coordinators
Area Coordinators are live-in, residential life professional staff who supervise Collegiate Fellows and Head Residents and monitor the environment for a cluster of residence halls, as well as performing all functions of a Head Resident.
Collegiate Fellows work for Residential Life and are carefully selected, upper-class students assigned to assist students living in the residence halls. CFs are trained to be familiar with the campus, faculty, resources, and residential and academic procedures
The caf
The real name is the Evelyn Young Dining Hall, which includes the Market Place.
Refers to the building, but often means the 10 a.m. service that occurs Monday-Friday. No classes are held from 10–10:30 a.m.
C in CC
Christmas in Christ Chapel—music and worship performance held each year at the beginning of December
The Cities
Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area located about 70 miles north of St. Peter
Norelius residence hall, which houses first-year students
North, Gibbs and Sorenson residence halls
The Den
Student organization office and work area located in the Campus Center
The Dive
This area, located in the lower level of the student union, has dances on Friday night that are very popular with students. It also includes a game area with air hockey, darts, and pool available. It is located where the old swimming pool was located, hence the name.
Diversity Center, located in the basement of the Student Union, organizes numerous large and small initiatives surrounding diversity issues.
A student may withdraw from (drop) a full-credit course during the first two weeks of Fall and Spring semesters and the first three days of January Term without having that course participation recorded on the transcript. For partial-credit courses in Fall and Spring semesters, only one week is allowed. Students may also add courses during this time if given permission by a faculty member.
Erbs & Gerbs
Erbert and Gerbert's subs, a popular sandwich shop located in St. Peter for a late-night snack.
Gustie Greeters serve as orientation Leaders to first-year and transfer students
Head Residents
Head residents are live-in faculty, administrators, or staff who promote community development, facilitate the development of activities and programs, and provide a listening ear.
ID Cards
The Three Crowns ID Card will serve to access the student declining balance account and meal plan.
The Mall
Refers to Eckman Mall, which is the center area of campus leading to the Chapel.
Meal Plans
Students who reside in traditional residence halls are required to purchase a declining balance meal plan. Food and beverage items purchased in the Gustavus Market Place will be deducted from this declining balance meal plan. All other students may elect to enroll in a declining balance meal plan or may make purchases with cash or check.
Peer Assistants are peer educators who work to identify student needs, coordinate ideas and suggestions, and assemble informational programs that support the Gustavus community in matters concerning alcohol/drugs, sexuality, and other lifestyle issues.
Post Office
President's Ball is an tradition started in the '80s at Gustavus. It is a semi-formal dance typically held Spring semester in Minneapolis/St.Paul.
Res. Life
The Office of Residential Life, which has oversight responsibility for the residence halls and staff.
Ring Road
Now named Campus Drive. It is the road that circles around the buildings of the campus.
The Rock
An actual rock located outside of Old Main that is painted regularly with a variety of messages.
Student Activities Office (the Information Desk is connected to this office in the lower level of the Campus Center.
Social Science Center is one of the academic buildings
Southside/North Side
Students use this terminology to indicate the location on campus for a particular residence hall.
Withdraw Deadline
A student may withdraw from (drop) a full credit course during the first two weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters and the first three days of January Term without having that course participation recorded on the transcript. For partial credit courses in Fall and Spring semesters, only one week is allowed. Course withdrawals after this time will be recorded on the student transcript as a "W". No withdrawal from a course is permitted after the tenth week of a full semester course, the fifth week of a half semester course, or the third week of a January Term course. Courses for which a student is registered after these times will receive final grades.

Department Descriptions

  • Advising Center - 507/933-7027
    Located in the Johnson Student Union. The center has staff available to provide academic support (learning strategies, organization and time management); to discuss reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities, a wide range of academic questions, concerns, and issues; and to refer students to faculty and other resources on campus.
  • Admission - 507/933-7676
    Current Gustavus students are an important part of the Admission process, serving as campus tour guides, overnight hosts, and student phoners who phone prospective students.
  • Alcohol/Drug Education - 507/933-7607
    The Office of Alcohol/Drug Education, in conjunction with the PAs, provides individual counseling, speakers, and special workshops on a variety of lifestyle concerns including alcohol/drug use, sexuality, and other related student health and safety issues. The Alcohol/Drug Education Coordinator does assessments and makes referrals to on- and off-campus resources.
  • Birthday Celebrations - 507/933/7608
    Order a birthday cake from the Gustavus Bakery for your student. The cost of the cake is determined by its type and size.
  • Book Mark - 507/933-7587
    The campus bookstore, owned and operated by Gustavus to serve the campus community. The Book Mark accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as well as student charges, cash, or check. Customers can order clothing, books, and gift items as well as reserving textbooks on their website. The Book Mark is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday and most Saturdays from 11 to 3 p.m. during the academic year. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Campus Escort Service - 507-933-8888
    An on-campus walking escort service is provided for members of the College community from dusk to dawn by the Campus Safety Department. Handicap escorts are available 24 hours per day.
  • Career Center - 507/933-7586
    Located on the main floor of the Johnson Student Union. The center has services for every student. The Center helps students in four areas: Career Counseling, Internships, Career Management, and Health Professions.
  • Center for Vocational Reflection - 507/933-7159
    Located in the Johnson Student Union, the CVR supports students in sorting out all the voices that compete for their time, energy, and future. Working with students to recognize their gifts and follow their passions in life, the CVR helps them as they search for the best possible fit between who they really are and how they can make a difference in the world and live out their calling to a meaningful life of leadership and service.
  • Community Service Center - 507/933-6060
    Advises and supports campus groups and programs that facilitate community service and promote social justice and civic engagement. Working collaboratively with students, faculty, and other administrative offices. Regular program offerings include such options as the Big Partner/Little Partner child and youth mentoring program, the Amigos Chicano and Latino Community Connection, the Study Buddies tutoring and classroom assistant program in area schools, and the Elders program at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Counseling Center - 507/933-7027
    Staff work with Gustavus students to enhance their personal development and academic achievement. At times, students experience personal, relational, social, or academic difficulties they cannot fully resolve on their own, and find it helpful to talk to a professional counselor about their concerns. In order to help students with such difficulties, the Counseling Center provides a variety of confidential services, including: individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, workshops, and referrals to off-campus resources.
  • Provost's Office (formerly Dean of Faculty) - 507/933-7541
    Has oversight responsibility for all academic programs.
  • Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Affairs - 507/933-7526
    Has responsibility for overall coordination of services to students, including the Counseling Center, Residential Life, Career Services, Student Activities, Health Services, Community Service Center, Multicultural Programs, and Campus Safety. Because campus life outside the classroom is the particular responsibility of this office, the Dean and Assistant Dean are available to talk to students and parents when they have questions regarding the College environment and student life. Responsibilities also include emergency situations and personal matters.
  • Dining Service - 507/933-7608
    The Evelyn Young Dining Room is located on the upper level at the north end of the Campus Center Building. The dining room is served by the Gustavus Adolphus Market Place, which offers a wide selection of food and beverage choices to the entire Gustavus community
  • Disability Services - 507/933-7027
    Located in the Academic Advising Center. Provides consultations, referral, and direct assistance to students with disabilities.
  • Information Technology - 507/933-7605
    Located in Olin Hall. IT is the source for all-academic and residential computing at Gustavus. The department supports and manages the computer labs and network. IT also manages campus e-mail accounts, network storage space, web-space, campus networking and student computing. The Helpline can be reached at (507) 933-6111 or
  • Finance Office - 507/933-7501
    Located on the upper floor of the Carlson Administration Building. Students pay tuition, room, and meal plan fees at this office. Students may also make deposits of $50 or more into their declining balance campus account. The office will also cash checks up to $50 per day. Personal checks must be made to “Cash” and the current student ID must be presented. A $10.00 service fee will be added to each returned check and charged to your student account.
  • Financial Assistance - 507/933-7527
    A majority of students would not be able to attend Gustavus if it were not for a financial assistance program of grants, loans, and student employment.

    Financial assistance is awarded on an annual basis only. Students are responsible for completing a new financial statement each year. The Office of Student Financial Assistance recommends that students file their applications between January 1 and April 15 of each year.
  • Health Insurance - 507/933-7502
    All Gustavus students are expected to carry health care insurance. Students who compete in intercollegiate athletics must sign a waiver with the Athletic Office verifying that they have health insurance before practicing or competing.

    Students who are not covered by a family health care policy while enrolled at Gustavus may choose to enroll in a plan offered by the College but administered by a private company or find coverage on their own. A mailing with coverage and premium information is sent to the parents of full-time students during the summer. A waiver form providing proof of coverage must be completed by a parent or legal guardian of each dependent student by August 31 to waive the College-sponsored coverage for the upcoming year. Students will be automatically enrolled in the extended accident and sickness policy if no waiver is completed.
  • Health Service - 507/933-7630
    The College maintains a Student Health Service which provides care and/or referral for acute medical injuries and illnesses, preventative health examinations, and promotes health and wellness through health maintenance, health education, public health initiatives, and collaboration with other professionals to maximize the lifelong health and learning of our students. Board certified nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and an administrative secretary/billing specialist staff the Student Health Service. A registered dietitian is available for consultation and appointments. The Student Health Service is located on the lower level of the Campus Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, while school is in session (closed breaks/holidays, June-August). Appointments are encouraged. During evenings and weekends, Urgent Care at the St. Peter Hospital is available for injuries or illnesses that must be seen immediately. The hours for Urgent Care are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays. The Emergency Room at the St. Peter Hospital is available 24 hours a day and should be reserved for true emergencies.

    All Gustavus Student Health Service office visits with the Nurse Practitioners, laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or medical supplies will be billed to the student’s medical insurance company. Any laboratory or immunization fees not paid by insurance may be charged to the student account. These services are provided at a reasonable cost. All Gustavus students must provide evidence of adequate health care insurance coverage. Those students not covered by a family policy are required to enroll in the Gustavus Student Supplemental Insurance Plan. Each student is required to carry a current insurance card to present to Health Service at the time of office visit. Students are encouraged to check if the St. Peter Clinic-Mayo Health System, Daniels Clinic, or the St. Peter Hospital are covered by his/her insurance policy. If you carry the College’s Student Health Insurance, you should first check with the Health Service before obtaining off-campus health care (unless you need emergency or after hours care). Should you require hospitalization, you will be sent to the St. Peter Hospital, unless you and your parents make other arrangements.

    If you are ill, injured, or have questions about your health, we welcome you to visit the Student Health Service. Please call Ext. 7630 to set up an appointment or e-mail us at Information about the Health Service and health education links can be found on the Gustavus web page.
  • International Education - 507/933-7545
    Gustavus encourages its students to include study abroad in their academic plans and offers a wide variety of overseas opportunities. The Office of International Education is located in the International Center. With the assistance of the director and staff, students can explore the possibilities of a year, semester, or January Term abroad. The Office of International Education issues International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) and American Youth Hostel Cards (AYH).
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library - 507/933-7556
    The library is a place to study, work on research projects, read just for fun, and explore “life, the universe, and everything.” Resources include more than 287,000 volumes and nearly 1,000 journals and newspaper subscriptions, as well as thousands of maps, government documents, videos, microfilms, and electronic titles.
  • Lund Center, Red Information Desk- 507/933-6660
    Lund Center has four major activity areas, the Lund Arena (hockey), the Aquatic Center, the Gymnastics Studio; and the Forum, which includes a 3,000-seat performance area for basketball and volleyball (Gus Young Court), a 200-meter competition track, and ample space for classes and intramural and recreational activities. Racquetball courts, cardiovascular work-out equipment, resistance training, and areas for aerobic and dance classes are also available.
  • Post Office - 507/933-7589
    Located in the Jackson Campus Center, the Campus Post Office is a place of service to the Gustavus students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The Post Office is open daily Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is closed on weekends and College holidays.
  • Printing Services/Copy Center - 507/933-7536
    Located on the lower level of the Campus Center. Printing Services offers high-speed and full-color copying services. Full-color digital printing and a self-service copy machine are available during open hours.
  • Registrar -507/933-7495
    Is responsible for maintaining accurate records of student academic progress while assuring the privacy and security of those records. It is the office authorized to issue official transcripts, to certify the enrollment and attendance of students, to award degrees, and to maintain other matters of record. It schedules classes into existing facilities, schedules students for classes, and records and reports grades.
  • Residential Life Office – 507/933-7526
    Located in the lower level of Jackson Campus Center. This office provides information on and coordination of residential services, including housing assignments, room changes, selection and training of all residence hall staff, personal counseling, and policy development for the residential living system. The Collegiate Fellow program is administered by the Residential Life Office. For further information or assistance in solving housing problems, have your student contact their Collegiate Fellow, Head Resident, Area Coordinator, or the Director of Residential Life.
  • Campus Safety - 507/933-8888
    Uniformed officers are on duty 24 hours a day and are responsible for residence hall, academic building and grounds security, enforcement of parking and traffic issues, response to health and safety concerns, and supervision of student assistants in academic facilities.
  • Student Activities Office - 507/933-7598
    Serves the campus as a resource for student leadership and programming. The office coordinates New Student Orientation and Homecoming/Family Weekend. This is the place to go for students to get involved on campus.

Frequently Called Numbers

  • Academic Advising 507/933-7027
  • Admission Office 507/933-7676
  • Alcohol Education Office 507/933-7607
  • Book Mark 507/933-7587
  • CAB Hotline (events, movies, tickets, general information) 507/933-7222
  • Career Center 507/933-7586
  • Chaplain’s Office 507/933-7446
  • Counseling 507/933-7027
  • Custodial 507/933-7655
  • Dean of Students 507/933-7526
  • Dining Services (menu information) 507/933-7300
  • Finance Office 507/933-7501
  • Financial Assistance 507/933-7527
  • Fine Arts Coordinator 507/933-7363
  • Health Service 507/933-7630
  • Information Technology 507/933-7605
  • International Education 507/933-7545
  • Intramural Office 507/933-7014
  • Library (Reference Desk) 507/933-7567
  • Media Services 507/933-7459
  • News Services and Publications 507/933-6213
  • Physical Education/Athletic Center (Lund
  • Information, Red Desk) 507/933-6660
  • Physical Plant Office 507/933-7504
  • Post Office 507/933-7589
  • Registrar 507/933-7495
  • Residential Life 507/933-7529
  • Safety & Security 507/933-8888
  • Student Activities Office 507/933-7598
  • Student Senate 507/933-7584
  • Switchboard 507/933-8000)
  • Telecommunications 507/933-6261
  • Theatre Ticket Booth 507/933-7357
  • Ticket Center 507/933-7590

Emergency Numbers

  • Gustavus Campus Safety 507/933-8888
    (Or, call the St. Peter Public Safety Dispatch at 931-1550; security personnel carry radios tuned to the police frequency so they may be reached when away from their office.)
  • Ambulance 9-1-1
    (The St. Peter Public Safety Dispatch at 931-1550 can also contact ambulance personnel.)
  • Community Hospital 931-2200
  • Dean of Students Office 933-7526
  • Fire Department 9-1-1
  • Gustavus Health Services 507/933-7630
  • Residential Life 507/933-7529
  • St. Peter Clinic 931-2110
  • St. Peter Police 507/931-1550

Road Condition Information

  • (St. Peter area) 800/388-2985
  • (Minnesota) 800/542-0220