Gustavus Named Best Value Liberal Arts College in Minnesota

U.S. News & World Report's 2020 lists have Gustavus ranked highly in several key categories.
Posted on September 9th, 2019 by

Gustavus Adolphus College is the #1 best value among liberal arts colleges in Minnesota and 22nd in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, which were released today.

“We’re pleased to be recognized for the value we give students while providing them with an exceptional and innovative liberal arts education,” Associate Vice President for Enrollment Kirk Carlson said. “Strong rankings are a reflection of the incredible day-to-day opportunities that our students are connected with over the course of four years,” he added, encouraging prospective students to visit campus to experience the Gustavus community for themselves.

According to the publication’s website, the Best Value ranking “takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2018-2019 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

In other rankings, Gustavus stands out as one of only four national liberal arts colleges listed on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. The College participates in the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Programs, and veterans who have maximum GI bill eligibility will have the remainder of their tuition and fees covered by Gustavus and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

The College was also ranked among the Top 100 in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” (#89) and “Top Performers on Social Mobility” (#71) lists. A full list of rankings, along with methodology and analysis, is available online.

“Gustavus is committed to providing access to all students who are ready for our challenging and supportive academic environment,” Carlson said. “Our students work closely with professors, discover a vocation, get hands-on experience through research and internships, and leave campus equipped to take on the great challenges of our time.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


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