International Student Admissions


Applicants who do not hold a United States Passport or have United States Permanent Residence status, are recognized as International Students. Joy Reese works with all international students as well as United States passport holders who live outside of the U.S.

Upon arrival to the Gustavus campus, students can look forward to working with the International Student Services Coordinator, Jeff Anderson.


International students may apply under the Early Action or Rolling Admission policies.

  • Early Action I – application deadline is November 1
  • Rolling Admission – begins January 1

Application Requirements

The following items are required for admission. Please note that all items must be submitted by the intended deadline (as listed above) in order to be considered a complete applicant. Only completed applications will be reviewed for admission.

  1. The Common Application.
  2. TOEFL, Academic IELTS, or Cambridge English: Advanced.
    1. TOEFL minimum – 85
    2. IELTS minimum band – 6.5
    3. Cambridge English: Advanced minimum – 180
  3. SAT/ACT results or Test Optional (see SAT/ACT section for details).
  4. Secondary school transcripts or grade reports (last four years of school).
     Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable and can be emailed to the Coordinator of International Recruiting.
  5. Certified Financial Documents (see Certified Financial Documents section for details).
  6. CSS/Financial Aid Profile (required for all international applicants).

 Admission Interviews are a great way for applicants to make an impression and get their personal questions answered. Interviews are optional and can be scheduled by contacting the Coordinator of International Recruiting.

English Proficiency Requirement

Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Cambridge English Language Assessment (Cambridge English: Advance) are required for all non-U.S. passport holders whose native language is not English. U.S. passport holders living outside of the United States and do not attend a secondary school where English is the main language of instruction are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE exams.

Official Score Reports from TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge English should be requested and sent to Gustavus Adolphus College.

SAT/ACT Test Policy

Gustavus is committed to evaluating the whole person and recognizes that standardized testing is not always an accurate measurement of a student’s true abilities. Therefore, Gustavus is proud to offer a test-optional admission policy.

International students are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT and request their scores be submitted to Gustavus. However, if students have strong grades and have taken a strong college preparatory curriculum, but don’t feel that their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability, students may opt-out of submitting their test scores on their Common Application.

Secondary High School Transcripts/Grade Report

All international students are required to submit official high school transcripts (from the past four years of school) for evaluation. Transcripts must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for admission:

  • Transcripts must be submitted in the language used for instruction.
  • Transcripts not in English must be translated and certified by an official translation service OR by someone who is fluent in both languages, e.g. English teacher.
  • English translated transcripts must be submitted alongside the original non-translated transcript.

A certified photocopy of the original transcript will be accepted. The photocopy must be certified by the school that issued the original transcript.


Admitted students are automatically considered for the Count Folke Bernadotte International Student Scholarship based on their academic profile presented on their application. Talent-based scholarships (music, art, theater, dance, etc) require separate applications. Detailed information about talent-based scholarships can be found on the Scholarship webpage.

Certified Financial Documents

All international applicants are required to submit Certified Financial Documents of their parents or primary financial provider(s) as part of their admission application. The documents submitted must verify the amount of funding available for your education. Documents may include bank statements from the last three (3) months, statement of income from employers, evidence of assets, or a letter from your sponsor along with documentation of your sponsor’s funding. U.S. immigration law requires documentation of funding before a school can issue an I-20.

Please do not email Certified Financial Documents. For security purposes, you may send documents via postal mail or upload it to your Gustavus application status check page (an email with your status check log-in credentials will be sent to you when you submit your common application).

CSS/Financial Aid Profile

All applicants are required to submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is administered through the College Board and has a $25 fee. It is also used to determine financial aid eligibility for applicants that are interested. Upon submission, please allow 3-4 weeks for processing and delivery. The CSS/Financial Aid Profile must be received by the inteded admission deadline (ie. November 1 for Early Action deadline) to be determined a complete applicant ready for review.

By special approval, the International Student Financial Aid Application may be submitted in place of the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Requests can be made by contacting Joy Reese.

The average financial aid award is about one-half of tuition, and is based solely upon the family's financial background.

Estimated Costs

The estimated I-20 expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year are $57,730 ($43,590 for tuition, $9,670 for room and board, and a budget of $4,470 for books, health insurance, and personal expenses). The estimated total cost of attendance does not include airfare.


Joy Reese
Coordinator of International Recruiting

Gustavus Adolphus College
Office of Admission
800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, Minnesota 56082

TEL: +1-507-933-7676
FAX: +1-507-933-7474