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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate74%

Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Gustavus Adolphus College. Gustavus Adolphus College admitted 74% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 3,781 students applied to Gustavus Adolphus College and 2,794 were admitted.

Consult with Gustavus Adolphus College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Gustavus Adolphus College's admissions stats.

Gustavus Adolphus College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 27%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 0%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist Yes

Gustavus Adolphus College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Gustavus Adolphus College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 November 15
Regular Decision Yes 4 1

Want to Apply Early to Gustavus Adolphus College?

Gustavus Adolphus College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Gustavus Adolphus College will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 15.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions

How To Get Into Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College is a very difficult school to get into. Gustavus Adolphus College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Gustavus Adolphus College accepted 74% of all applicants, about 2,794 of the 3,781 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Gustavus Adolphus College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Gustavus Adolphus College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Gustavus Adolphus College

Wondering what factors are considered by Gustavus Adolphus College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Gustavus Adolphus College for more information on admission factors.

Gustavus Adolphus College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Gustavus Adolphus College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Gustavus Adolphus College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Gustavus Adolphus College?

Students admitted to Gustavus Adolphus College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 49% submitted a class rank. At Gustavus Adolphus College 27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 58% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Gustavus Adolphus College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10%
3.75 and 3.99 42%
3.50 and 3.74 22%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Gustavus Adolphus College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Gustavus Adolphus College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 0% of Gustavus Adolphus College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Gustavus Adolphus College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Gustavus Adolphus College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Gustavus Adolphus College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Gustavus Adolphus College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Gustavus Adolphus College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Gustavus Adolphus College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Gustavus Adolphus College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Gustavus Adolphus College.

Does Gustavus Adolphus College accept transfer credits?

✅ Gustavus Adolphus College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Gustavus Adolphus College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Gustavus Adolphus College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Gustavus Adolphus College?

❌ No, Gustavus Adolphus College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Gustavus Adolphus College's acceptance rate?

✅ Gustavus Adolphus College's acceptance rate is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Gustavus Adolphus College?

❌ Gustavus Adolphus College does not offer early decision.

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Gustavus Adolphus College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Gustavus Adolphus College? Gustavus Adolphus College is a very selective institution. The Gustavus Adolphus College acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


Gustavus Adolphus College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Apr 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Gustavus Adolphus College is Apr 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Gustavus Adolphus College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Gustavus Adolphus College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Gustavus Adolphus College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Gustavus Adolphus College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Application Deadline

Apr 1
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