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Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

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About This Campus

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, coed, liberal arts college that is deeply steeped in the Swedish Lutheran traditions of social justice, equality, community engagement, reciprocity in service, and an open-minded view of all that the liberal arts have to offer. The college enrolls about 2200 students and follows a 4-1-4 calendar, with 4-month fall and spring semesters separated by a 1-month J-Term (one single course). Exchange students may study at Gustavus for the full academic year, one semester only, or one semester plus the J-term. Student life is very active, with many clubs, events, and sports opportunities. The Community Engagement Center offers numerous programs to get involved locally. Signature annual events include: Nobel Conference (science and ethics), Christmas in Christ Chapel, Building Bridges Conference, Mayday Conference, and the Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence program. Gustavus is a welcoming and affirming community that prides itself on excellence.

Location Information

Gustavus is located in St. Peter, Minnesota, a town of 11,000 situated 60 miles southwest of Minneapolis, in the Minnesota River Valley along a designated scenic byway. In spite of its small size, St. Peter boasts many amenities that few people would expect in such a small town. Major annual events include: Rock Bend Folk Festival (Sept), Oktoberfest, Halloween Fun Run, Winterfest, documentary film series, and Forgotten History lecture series.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

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Fast Facts

Location | St. Peter
Population | 11,906
Enrollment | 2,240
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/02-12/15
Spring | 02/03-05/18

Campus Diversity

White | 80%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 6%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 1%


Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
No majors are fully closed. Only some nursing courses would be open to exchange students. Also, courses offered in our "Three Crowns Curriculum" general-education program are also closed to exchange students because they are part of a course sequence taken by a cohort every semester since the start of the first year.

Economics/Management courses required for Gustavus majors are often full. Many courses in Education are also closed to exchange students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Scandinavian Studies - One of the largest programs in North America, and the largest number of students studying Swedish language.
  • Environmental Studies - Our interdisciplinary program uses courses in science, social science, humanities, and other fields. Paired with hands-on learning opportunities in the Linnaeus Arboretum, the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, and the student-run Big Hill Farm.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Theater Arts/Drama - Our Department of Theatre and Dance offers a minor in Theatre for Social Justice, with an applied focus on using the theatre to engage communities around the important issues of our time.
  • Communication - Our Communication Studies department offers minors in both Strategic Communication and Civic Leadership. Faculty and students employ the "Gustavus model" of structured dialogues to help regional communities, organizations, and civic groups address real-world concerns.
  • Music - Our Music program includes both academic courses and performance ensembles. Many of the ensembles tour, both in the US and internationally. Year-long exchange students may audition to join an ensemble and possibly go on tour or participate in Christmas in Christ Chapel.
  • Latin American Studies - Our program is called Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies and includes comparative study of the diverse places and peoples that the name implies.
  • Japanese Studies - Our Japanese Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that offers students opportunities to become familiar with various aspects of Japanese culture: language, literature, history, politics, art, and religion. Students majoring in Japanese Studies are required to study in Japan for at least one semester.

RA Exchange: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Greek
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 85.00 paper, N/A computer or 85.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($580 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/19/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $140 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Parking: The fee in the fall semester is the full-year amount of $280, but students who return the sticker at the end of the first semester will get the spring half of the fee refunded to them.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/19/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 94% living on campus
  • Double: $3300
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Notes About Housing
All incoming exchange students live on campus: https://gustavus.edu/reslife/residences/

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1915 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
https://gustavus.edu/diningservices/info.php. All plans are declining balances, and the amount listed is for the lowest-cost plan (there are three choices). The main dining hall is a "marketplace" style with multiple stations serving different types of cuisines and different parts of the meal. There is also a fixed-price lunch buffet on most weekdays during the semesters.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/19/20.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $850 per semester.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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