Show The World

Equip, Energize, Elevate

The Campaign

After decades of remarkable achievements Gustavus Adolphus College is ready to step into the light. To move boldly into the future and share it with the world.

Gustavus equips students to lead purposeful lives through exceptional opportunities to learn, grow, and serve. By our core values of Excellence, Community, Justice, Service, and Faith, and by the knowledge that Gustavus is at the forefront of innovative learning, we prepare Gusties to face the challenges of today and tomorrow with confidence.

Our campus is energized by the power of progress and we are moving forward together. New scholarships, top-notch faculty, and a growing endowment all support our belief that critical thinking and world perspective are essential skills. Gustavus is committed to meeting the financial need of all admitted students and to providing world-class, state-of-the-art resources and facilities.

We have elevated our vision for the future by creatively redefining the liberal arts and finding innovative ways for students to broaden their minds through global experience and hands-on learning. We care about Gustavus and we care about the world. We want to make every effort to see that our great College serves students for generations to come.

It’s time to applaud the excellence of Gustavus Adolphus College, its faculty, staff, and students.

Together we have the power to lift our College and collective spirit to new heights.


Our vision calls us to prepare students to lead purposeful lives so they may act on the great challenges of our time.

Our fast-changing, interconnected world calls for creative and critical thinking and an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. We understand that small actions ripple through local communities to have global impact. We believe in bringing different backgrounds and perspectives to the table through our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prepared with a multidisciplinary, liberal arts education and hands-on experience—research, mentorship, study-away opportunities, and internships—our students are equipped to act.

A Gustavus education calls for students to live out the core values of Excellence, Community, Justice, Service, and Faith.

Gustavus equips students to lead fulfilling lives of leadership and service.


There is a sense of incredible momentum right now.

The Nobel Hall of Science has grown from a dream to reality as one of the top liberal arts research facilities in the nation. The planned renovation and expansion of Lund Center will provide new wellbeing and health opportunities and boost facilities for competitors and fans.

The faculty has approved a new general education curriculum; development of a distinctive liberal arts experience is underway. Endowed faculty positions bring the brightest minds in the humanities, sciences, fine arts, and education. Scholarships attract talented young people of all backgrounds. The College’s academic profile continues to rise. Our endowment is at an all-time high and continues to grow.

The campus is energized. We are eager to dig deeper, reach higher. We’re excited for what’s next.


We have a bold vision to become an internationally recognized liberal arts college.

We want people to know what we’ve done and where we’re going, because Gustavus is an exceptional college with exceptional students and an unmatched community. We are intelligent, compassionate, diverse, and ready to act on the great challenges of our time.

Gusties know what it takes to create change and make progress. With the commitment of alumni and friends of the College, Gustavus will elevate its standing to new heights. The Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan has set the stage, and this campaign is our moment. We remain steadfast in our mission as we achieve a new level of excellence.

The curtain is rising.

It’s time to step into the spotlight.

Gustavus equips.

Gusties act.

And the world is a better place because of it.

Our Priorities

  • Grow endowed fundsto drive excellence
  • Increase scholarshipsto attract talented, diverse students
  • Invest in strategic capital projectsto provide extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty
  • Enhance signature eventsto raise the college’s national and international reputation
  • Expand gustavus fund giving and participationto fuel the college’s day-to-day work

Where Gifts Will Go

You can give to the Show the World campaign in a variety of ways. Whether you're writing a check or gifting complex assets, the advancement team can answer your questions.
Giving Methods

The Show The World comprehensive campaign will generate $225 million in documented gifts for the benefit of Gustavus students, faculty, staff and the campus.

All of Us for All of GustavUs

The Gustavus community is passionate, engaged, caring, and inclusive. Whatever field they choose, Gusties lead lives of leadership and service in society and give back to their communities. Learn more about how Gusties are living out the core values of excellence, community, justice, service, and faith.