Gustavus Adolphus College: Narrative Description

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800 West College Ave.
St. Peter, MN 56082-1498
Tel: (507)933-8000
Free: 800-GUSTAVU(S)
Admissions: (507)933-7676
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1862. Setting: 330-acre small town campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Endowment: $78.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $91,726. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,565 per student. Total enrollment: 2,577. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,646 applied, 77% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 66% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 37 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,542 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 35 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 19 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 4/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous until 5/1, 11/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $28,765 includes full-time tuition ($22,590), mandatory fees ($365), and college room and board ($5810). College room only: $3410. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $3000 per course. Part-time mandatory fees: $100. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 110 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 20% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activity Board, Gustavus Choir, Greens, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Big Partner/Little Partner. Major annual events: Nobel Conference, Christmas in Christ Chapel, Mayday. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,081 college housing spaces available; 2,013 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library plus 2 others with 288,685 books, 35,440 microform titles, 996 serials, 16,623 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 441 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

St. Peter is located 68 miles south of Minneapolis with the usual community facilities. Bus transportation is convenient.

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