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Gustavus Adolphus College


Make your life count.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a highly selective, private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Founded in 1862, it has valued its Lutheran and Swedish heritages throughout its history. The college is guided by five core values: community, excellence, faith, justice, and service.
Gustavus prepares undergraduate students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service. It is especially known for strong science, writing, music, athletics, study abroad programs, and its service learning programs. The College hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference sanctioned by The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. The students, faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees believe in a strong, open community where all citizens play a vital role. The oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, Gustavus has consistently produced graduates who lead lives of uncommon purpose and passion, and demonstrate that they make their lives count.

Academic Programs



  • Majors in accounting, public accounting, studio art, art history, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, ACS chemistry, classics, communication studies, computer science, dance, economics, elementary education, English, environmental studies, French, gender/women/sexuality studies, geography, geology, health education, health fitness, history, international management, Japanese studies, Latin, management, mathematics, music, nursing, philosophy, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, religion, Russian and Eastern European studies, 13 different secondary education specializations, Scandinavian studies, sociology/anthropology, Spanish, theatre, and 17 honors programs as well as an individualized major, all leading to the bachelor of arts degree

  • Pre-professional programs in actuarial science, architecture, arts administration, church vocations, dentistry, engineering, law, materials science, medicine, ministry, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine

  • 21 departmental and academic honor societies


  • Full-time faculty of 201; 51 part-time

  • 71% of full-time faculty are tenured

  • 100% of tenured faculty members hold the terminal degree in their fields.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1


Student Life

  • More than 100 special interest groups and organizations

  • Daily Sabbath services, and 12 student-run religious organizations

  • Community service program recognized by 6 Governor’s Commendations, with better than 55% student participation

  • Frequent on-campus entertainment and off-campus trips sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and other recognized student groups

  • 340 beautifully landscaped acres

  • 21 academic and service facilities, including Christ Chapel; Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library; Alfred Nobel Hall of Science; Olin Hall (for math/computer science, physics); Schaefer Fine Arts Center; Confer and Vickner halls (languages); Lund Center (athletics, health and exercise science); C. Charles Jackson Campus Center; Old Main (religion, philosophy, classics, and political science); and the newly completed Beck Academic Hall (communication studies, economics/management, history, psychology, and sociology & anthropology)

  • 13 residence halls and apartment complexes and 7 College-owned houses

  • Hillstrom Museum of Art

  • The Melva Lind Interpretive Center and 135-acre Linnaeus Arboretum


Athletics Program

  • Intercollegiate program of 13 women’s and 12 men’s sports, with 27% student participation

  • Member of NCAA Division III; Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

  • Top 25 finishes in 15 of the past 18 years in Directors’ Cup national competition for overall athletics program excellence in Division III

  • 75% participation in more than 30 intramural activities and 9 club sports

  • Over the past 13 years, 21 of Gustavus’ 25 athletic teams have qualified for NCAA Tournament competition making 122 championship appearances. The 2004 men’s golf team won the NCAA Championship, while the men’s basketball (2003), men’s hockey (2009), women’s golf (2006, 2010, 2011), men’s soccer (2005), and men’s tennis (2000) teams have posted second place NCAA Championship finishes. Gustavus ranks 10th in Division III (out of 435) in number of NCAA Championship appearances over the past 13 years.


Fine Arts Programs

  • 40% participation in fine arts programs

  • Five choral ensembles, two wind orchestras, one symphony and one chamber orchestra, two jazz ensembles, and numerous instrumental and chamber ensembles

  • Extensive and national award winning theatre/dance program, offering opportunities for student-written and directed performances as well as four faculty-directed plays and two dance concerts annually

  • The Hillstrom Museum of Art, along with gallery and personal studio space available for student artists

  • A nationally ranked forensics team, which has won three straight state titles and finished among the top 10 in the nation for four consecutive years

  • The Gustavus Artist Series, bringing renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Boys Choir, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo to campus for concerts and master classes