Gustavus Fund

Where Does Your Dollar Go?

Have you ever wondered what a gift to the Gustavus Fund at Gustavus Adolphus College actually supports? Each dollar to the Gustavus Fund allows the College to have increased flexibility in providing the highest quality liberal arts education to our students. 

Read the latest stories, events, accomplishments from Gustavus students, faculty, and alumni. Your financial support directly impacts each student on campus.

Did you know alumni giving participation plays a role in U.S. News & World Report and other rankings? Learn how your gift, of any amount, helps Gustavus.

For those passionate about access and affordability, learn how you can fund a Heritage Scholarship that will help a high-acheiving, high-need student attend Gustavus.

Here is where your dollar supports:


Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Take this into account: Gustavus provides financial assistance to over 90% of our students, 70% of whom receive need-based financial aid. That means, after tuition checks come in, there is still about 9.2 million dollar gap left to cover for our students' education. That means your support to the Gustavus Fund is vital to recruit and retain the best and brightest Gustavus students.


Instruction, Academic Support, and Research:

We are incredibly proud of our 11:1 student to faculty ratio, small class sizes, the latest and greatest in technology and teaching tools, and the many opportunities for faculty-student research and collaboration. The Gustavus Fund plays a crucial role in supporting our award-winning faculty members and, in turn, our students.


Student Services:

Your dollars to the Gustavus Fund continually support enhanced educational programming that make Gustavus the place to live, learn, and of course, have a little fun. Student Service departments are also funded out of the Annual Fund including the Center for Servant Leadership (CSL), the Counseling Center, the Diversity Center, Health Service, the Registrar’s Office, Residential Life, Student Activities, and Athletics, just to name a few.


Institutional Support:

What keeps the campus operating so professors can teach and students can learn? All of the departments that are responsible for supporting the College, but not directly considered student services, which are Institutional Advancement, the President’s Office, Human Resources, and the Finance Office.


Public Service:

The Gustavus Fund is proud to sustain the programs, conferences, and activities that make Gustavus an exceptional place, and not just for our campus community, but for the local community and any visitors who might come visit. We are proud to help make possible the Gustavus Artist Series, The Hillstrom Museum of Art, the Nobel Conference©, and much more.