Gustavus Preparing to Welcome Largest Class in School History

Posted on July 21st, 2011 by

Gustavus Adolphus College has received a record number of deposits from incoming first-year students for the 2011-12 academic year and anticipates welcoming its largest first-year class since its founding in 1862.

The College received 4,900 applications this past year – a dramatic increase from an average of approximately 3,200 applications the previous four years. The College has received 767 deposits – an increase of approximately 200 from 2010. The average ACT score for the incoming class is 27, while the average G.P.A. of the class is 3.6. Students making up the incoming class represent 26 different states, while 15 percent of the class represent racial minorities.

“Students are drawn to Gustavus not only because of our high academic standards, but because they believe in the benefits and rewards of a liberal arts education,” Gustavus President Jack R. Ohle said. “Our five core values of Excellence, Community, Service, Justice and Faith resonate with students today. These core values are strengthened in the lives of our students through the work being done in our Center for Servant Leadership,” Ohle added.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Tom Crady said that he attributes the positive trend in enrollment numbers to a handful of new strategies implemented by his admission staff along with an aggressive marketing campaign using the College’s new brand line, “Make Your Life Count.”

Move-in day for the first-year class is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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