Go Gusties! A collection of original illustrated landmarks of Gustavus Adolphus College by Mark Herman. Gustavus is a highly selective, private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Founded in 1862, it has valued its Lutheran and Swedish heritages throughout its history. The college is guided by five core values: excellence, community, justice, service, and faith. Located in St. Peter, which is nestled in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. The community is accessible by car on U.S. 169, about 70 miles southwest of the Twin Cities and 10 miles north of Mankato.