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Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a highly selective, private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Founded in 1862, it has valued its Lutheran and Swedish heritages throughout its history. The college is guided by five core values: excellence, community, justice, service, and faith.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)



Founded in 1862 by Swedish Lutheran immigrants, the College is well known for its strong science, fine arts, athletics, study abroad, and servant-leadership programs. Gustavus has the distinction of hosting the annual Nobel Conference, which brings the world's greatest minds to campus each October.


The purpose of a Gustavus education is to help its students attain their full potential as persons, to develop in them a capacity and passion for lifelong learning, and to prepare them for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society.


The classroom experience is an essential, rigorous component of a Gustavus education. In their research with students, Gustavus faculty are able to augment those classroom experiences with opportunities to explore topics outside of the core curriculum, in more depth, and in ways that foster intellectual independence of their students.


Through career planning students gain self-understanding, explore careers, and have opportunity to couple academics with experience. Encouraging personal career responsibility, the Office of Career Development supports all students in their career journeys by providing resources, connections, and communities to make informed transitions through explorations and experiences. Utilizing the Career Interest Cluster model connections are created between a student’s liberal arts education and areas of career interest.

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Student services

The Student Life Division of Gustavus Adolphus College intentionally creates and supports environments in which students pursue a challenging liberal arts education, gain an understanding of themselves and each other, and uphold the mission, traditions and values of the College.We ask students to be invested, contributing members in a community of learners from diverse backgrounds.  To this end, we encourage students to recognize, engage and appreciate their own and others’ diversity and commonality.  We also espouse citizenship, integrity, respect and compassion as foundations that help students engage in lives of services and leadership in their communities. 

Housing services

  • 340 beautifully landscaped acres
  • 14 residence halls and apartment/town house complexes and 5 College-owned houses, accommodating more than 2,200 studentson campus
  • Hillstrom Museum of Art
  • More than 25 bronzeworks by the late Paul Granlund, noted sculptor and alumnus, installed on the campus
  • The Melva Lind Interpretive Center and the 135-acre Linnaeus Arboretum

Library services

  • 279,265 volumes
  • 396 print periodical subscriptions
  • 271 electronic subscriptions
  • 185,755 total government documents

ICT services


  • 30 computer labs including more than 400 student-use computers
  • Wireless Internet access in all academic and residential buildings on campus
  • The Technology Helpline—the first line of support for the Gustavus community

Student Life

Campus life

The mission of the Office of Campus Activities at Gustavus Adolphus is closely linked to the mission of the College, with leadership development, student learning, opportunities for service to the College and community, and personal well being at its core. 

Sports facilities

To provide equitable and competitive intercollegiate athletic experiences and club, intramural, and recreational opportunities in an environment that supports the academic excellence, well-being, and holistic education of all student-athletes.



Being honest and fair.  Acting based on the core values and beliefs of our department and College.


Achieving to one’s highest standards in the classroom,community, and athletic arena through full effort and commitment.


Caring for and valuing one’s self, co-workers, teammates, opponents, officials, supporters, and sport.


Committing to the group and making personal sacrifices in order to achieve collective goals.

Student clubs

The DLC supports student organizations that advocate for on-campus diversity through keeping a unified calendar of scheduled events, sharing resources and information, and sponsoring and co-sponsoring events with those organizations. 

Saint Peter, Minnesota, United States


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