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.

Female African American student laughing while working in a science laboratory
  • 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)


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 Gustavus campus to the northwest including Christ Chapel, Jackson Campus Center, and Lund Center.
Fall Visit Days
OCT 19

Fall Visit Days

Fall Visit Days, Oct. 19 and 20, is the ultimate college visit! Attend "Gustavus 101," an intro to life as a Gustie, tour campus with a current Gustie, explore your future major and meet professors, connect with your admission counselor and start your application, and dive deep into athletics, music…
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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

ReAnn Eihdal '20

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

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


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.

Get to know your fellow Gusties

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

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.


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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