Admission

Possibility

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

At Gustavus Adolphus College, we believe whatever you dream, you can be.

Open your mind to explore possibilities. Experience new ways of learning and connecting yourself with the world. Be inspired by those around you through collaborative learning in and out of the classroom. Innovate, use your voice, share your ideas, chase down your passions, and find your purpose.

Gusties do extraordinary things. You could be next.

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  • No1 among Minnesota private colleges for doing the most for low-income students —(New York Times)
  • No2 among Minnesota private colleges for graduating students of color —(Minnesota Private College Council)
  • No3 among Minnesota private colleges, with focus on student experience and outcomes —(Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)

Visit

See for yourself

Come to campus and see all the reasons why Gustavus just might be the best college for you. Your visit can be customized by adding appointments with professors, coaches, and conductors, and even the chance to sit in on a class. This experience is also offered virtually if you prefer. Check us out. We love to answer the question, “Why Gustavus?”

Explore our visit options

Aerial view of campus to the northwest.
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OCT 21

FALL VISIT DAYS

Enjoy a fall day on the hill and see what it means to be a Gustie! This event allows you and your family to pick and choose sessions, tours, and panels that are of interest to you. Opportunities throughout the day include a wide variety of information sessions, campus and residence halls tours, and a meal in our award-winning dining service! Register

Can't make it? Checkout our other upcoming opportunities.
Other Visit opportunities

Apply

Start the Process

Gustavus has a holistic approach to admission, which means we evaluate all the information in your application — not just "the numbers." That's much fairer to you and a much better way for us to bring talented students together. As you apply, emphasize your academic preparation for college, give details about your involvement, offer explanations for any challenges, and help us understand what makes you distinctive.

Learn about our Early Action and Rolling Admission Programs

The Gustavus community has shaped my personal growth, my faith, and my passion for empowering women and empowering others.

ReAnn Eihdal ’20, immigrated to the U.S. from China at age 9, former vice president of Gustavus Women in Leadership, currently internal sales consultant at Allianz Life

ReAnn Eihdal '20

Financial Aid

Access & Affordability

Gustavus awards over $50 million in institutional grant and scholarship assistance annually, and more than 70 percent of Gustavus students receive need-based financial aid. Grants include academic and talent-based scholarships.

Enrolling at Gustavus means figuring out how to pay for college. Whatever your financial circumstances, we’ll help you through the process and show you how affordable we are. You’re worth the investment. We are, too.

Financial Aid at Gustavus

Hand Leaf Icon90%  Gustavus students receive financial aid
Mortar Board$51k  average starting salary of Gustavus graduates
Line Chart Icon30th  in the nation for social mobility (U.S. News & World Report)
USD Icon$19k  average cost of annual attendance

NYT

33rd OVERALL FOR Top Colleges Doing the Most for Low-Income Students

Money Magazine Ranks Us In The Top 30 Of

  • Most AFFORDABLE Private Colleges
  • BEST Colleges for Merit Aid
  • Best Colleges that add the MOST VALUE

Class Profile

Meet your peers.

We've got tenors who tackle, violinists who volunteer, researchers writing poetry, and those who rock climb and rock drum solos. If there's one thing you can count on, it's that you and your classmates will be engaged, well-rounded, and passionate about getting involved.

Over the last five years, Gustavus students have shined brighter than ever. Whether you thrive in the classroom, on the field, or in the recital hall, there's a place for you on the hill.

Book Stack Icon 3.7 average high school GPA
Pencils Crossed Icon 28 average ACT of admitted students
Line Chart Icon Students come from 43 states and 17 countries
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Next Steps

Become a Gustie.

At Gustavus, we believe that your vocation and your life go hand in hand. We want you to be amazed at yourself, your accomplishments, and the world around you every day. We want you to think beyond yourself and succeed in ways that can't be defined by just a paycheck. We want to help you on your journey to becoming a better person, a whole person, a lifelong learner, a Gustie.

Let's make it happen, together.

Connect

Here to help.

We believe that the admission process shouldn’t be a hassle, it should be a conversation. Tell us about you – your strengths, your passions, your interests, your background. We’ll tell you all about us. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, or international student, we’ll answer all your questions about the college application process.

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