Academic Opportunities


ΦΒΚ (Phi Beta Kappa)

ΦΒΚ is the nation's oldest academic honorary society, recognizing the finest undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the country. Only about 300 of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. have achieved such distinction. Consideration for induction is given to juniors or seniors who demonstrate competence in foreign language and math, have broad cultural interests, and who have devoted 75 percent of their coursework toward the liberal arts. Minimum grade point average for juniors is 3.9 and for seniors is 3.6.

Student Research Opportunities

A mark of a first-rate college is the opportunity for undergraduate research. Gustavus has achieved an enviable track record in developing collaborative, interactive, student/faculty learning opportunities. Typically, the College ranks among the top ten schools in the nation in number of students invited to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). There is strong evidence that undergraduate research experience is an especially valuable asset when applying for graduate study, as well as when seeking employment requiring a high level of independence.

Graduate School Preparation

Nearly 35% of Gustavus graduates go directly to graduate or professional school each year. 75% will eventually return for a postgraduate degree. Faculty and staff are committed to assisting students as they explore their post-graduate plans. Our Career Center and Academic Departments are excellent resources for students planning to pursue education beyond Gustavus.


Each Gustavus student is assigned a faculty academic advisor. Faculty and students talk about course choices, the integration of coursework and co-curricular responsibilities, possible majors, and developing an academic program that will be finished in a timely fashion and will lead to further study or interesting careers. This faculty-based advising is supported by both the Academic Support Center and Career Center, where full time counselors are available to discuss options and opportunities.

Student Fellowships

The fellowships advisor supports students through all the steps of finding and applying for awards. They help students understand what national fellowships and scholarships are, and how to find one that is a good fit. They can also assist during the application process itself, offering opportunities for self-reflection, while connecting past and current academic and co-curricular experiences, and helping to articulate values and dreams.