Retention and Graduation Rates

Return on Education

Gustavus Adolphus College ranks at the very top in first-year to sophomore year retention among all institutions of higher learning. The fact that nine out of every 10 first year students at Gustavus return for their sophomore year demonstrates that they are satisfied with the college choice they made and pleased with the education they are receiving. In addition, eight out of every 10 students that begin their academic careers at the College graduate four years later, which is an even stronger indicator that the perceived quality of the academic experience at Gustavus is in fact delivered resulting in students graduating on time and with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead rewarding and successful lives after graduation.

Gustavus takes great pride in providing a quality education that can be completed within four years. This opportunity to successfully graduate in four years becomes even more important when compared to larger state universities and other public institutions, where it often takes five and even six years to complete an undergraduate degree.

Retention and Graduation Rate

* 5 year data not available

Comparison Groups

The Minnesota Private Colleges

The Minnesota Private College Council and its affiliate, the Minnesota Private College Fund, represent private nonprofit higher education in Minnesota. Seventeen institutions are members including Gustavus, Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Saint John’s, Saint Ben’s, Hamline, Augsburg, Bethel, Saint Mary’s, St. Thomas, Saint Catherine, Concordia- Moorhead and others; All 17 institutions share a liberal arts focus.

Gustavus Peer Institutions

In January of 2012, after extensive research, the Gustavus Board of Trustees approved a group of 11 peer institutions for the College. The institutions were selected using data from the Carnegie Classification System and The Integrated Post-Secondary Data System (IPEDS). Gustavus uses its peer comparisons to evaluate institutional operations, provide benchmarks or standards, identify areas of strength/weakness, guide policy development and provide justification for change. The 11 peer institutions for Gustavus are: Gettysburg College, DePauw University, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, College of Wooster, Illinois Wesleyan University, Muhlenberg College, Augustana College (IL), Luther College, Allegheny College, Stonehill College, and Susquehanna University.

The Annapolis Group

The Annapolis Group comprises approximately 130 leading national independent liberal arts colleges that have similar interests and concerns centering on the values of liberal arts education that inform their missions. The Annapolis Group provides a forum for member institutions to share best practices, seek higher levels of excellence, and advance the cause of liberal arts education on a national scale.

The Minnesota State Universities

The Minnesota State Universities group is comprised of 11 four-year institutions including Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Saint Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Minnesota-Crookston, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Winona State University.