St. Olaf College campus

Overview

Applicants
7,571
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

46%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 8

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.9:1
Total Faculty
333
with Terminal Degree
265

173
Men
160
Women
38
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General


Students Say

With roots in a "Norwegian heritage," St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, provides students "a wonderful liberal arts education" with a strong focus on "classical music appreciation," while still offering "academic opportunities for everyone." St. Olaf emphasizes the need for "globally conscious citizens." To help them "[build] a global perspective," St. Olaf encourages students "to ask questions and explore their beliefs." Students agree that "the professors here are simply phenomenal in every respect, and their approachability is absolutely a hallmark of this campus." Nearly everyone we heard from praised their professors as "readily available to help," offering "late night review sessions," encouraging "academic conversations outside of the classroom," and "[extending] office hours to all five days a week the week before" major projects are due. St. Olaf students feel their professors "care about their students as whole people." But "this does not mean that they are lax and let students walk all over them." St. Olaf faculty maintain "high expectations" for their students, "but [they] want to see students succeed" as well. "Being a professor isn't just a 9-to-5 job for them," one student explains, "but a life they truly enjoy." While the school is affiliated with the Lutheran church, students assure us that "even if you aren't religious, you won't feel out of place at St. Olaf," explaining how "the religious aspect of the school" is rooted in its history "and allows those that are religious to find a community of people who are religious as well."

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gretchen Morgenson, '76
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times financial columnist

Dean Maki, '87
Chief U.S. Economist for Barclay's Capital

Elizabeth Nabel, '74
cardiologist and president of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner hospitals

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$41,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$79,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$43,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$84,900

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
26%


Students Say

The Piper Center for Vocation and Career at St. Olaf provides students with a number of resources to help them plan for life after graduation. Academic advising, career counseling, on-campus recruiting, extensive alumni networking opportunities, and job and internship search resources are just a sampling of the Center’s many offerings. Other noteworthy programs include funding for students taking unpaid or underpaid internships, and several special internship programs that engage with nearby businesses and institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic. While a few students cite the Piper Center as an area that could do with some improvement, the majority opinion seems to be that it offers “awesome resources for career planning and networking.” A few students say that their professors “are also helpful as career and internship counselors and references.” Of St. Olaf alumni visiting PayScale.com, 50 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their careers.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

If you’re a spiritually minded, environmentally conscious individual who excels at academics and enjoys studying in a small, fastidious community, this liberal arts bastion will provide a challenging but idyllic backdrop. The school is serious about its commitment to study abroad and postgraduate education and its graduates often enjoy much success in their pursuit of competitive postgraduate fellowships. St. Olaf is committed to creating and supporting stewards of the global world through its comprehensive financial aid packages, which meet 97 percent of undergraduate need across all four years. The $42,940 tuition and $9,790 room and board costs reflect the caliber of the institution, with the average cumulative undergraduate indebtedness tallying up to $28,396.

Bang For Your Buck

At St. Olaf, opportunity begins with community. The celebrated Piper Center offers a staggering number of vocational services to students across their four years, providing “a resource center for students . . . to help determine vocational goals and devise well-informed postgraduation [goals].” Collaboration between the Piper Center, faculty members, and community partners “enhances learning and encourages students to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to become engaged citizens.” In addition, the Innovation Scholars program is “dedicated to education, research, and service within the liberal arts” and “supports student creativity through innovation grants, courses, internships, business-plan development, startup support, and networking events.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,224

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,182

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,795

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,617

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,431

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,180
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,220
Transportation for Commuters
$450

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,080
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,046
Foreign Countries Represented
80

Demographics

6.26%
Asian
2.03%
African-American
5.12%
Hispanic
74.54%
Caucasian
7.49%
International

57% female
43% male
58% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Students express concern about the "lack of diversity on campus," but they hold one another in high esteem. "It's an accepting and trusting community" where students are comfortable "leaving laptops and backpacks around" without worry, and "if you lose your ID or wallet, you can expect it to appear in your PO box within a few hours." Students tend to be "a little preppy, type A personalities" who are "trustworthy" and considerate: "a local florist sells ‘Friday flowers'—which people buy for their friends and leave in their POs with notes." These "sincere" students "wear Norwegian sweater non-ironically" and exude a "very mid-western. . .niceness." Olaf is an alcohol-free school, and "although it definitely has a presence on campus," students "agree that there is no pressure to drink" from fellow Oles. "I would say if you're not into socializing at parties and are into good clean fun," one student explains, "then there are options for you." With such strong music programs, it is no wonder that "music is very important to the average St. Olaf student, especially choir."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

Oles enjoy an active and engaging campus life where "most students are busy on school days and nights either studying or attending school functions." Olaf students take their community and club involvement seriously. With "250 student clubs and organizations" that "[provide] opportunities for students to explore and nourish their passions," students find that "it is really easy to get involved in multiple activities." While this can make it so their "days are pretty full, sometimes hectic," "being an Ole means you are fully devoted to your school or your community." Even so, Oles say they have "a pretty good work/life balance since there are so many opportunities to de-stress and spend time with friends (even if you are just working the the same room)." Among the "million extra activities" that Oles love, "choir and music are hugely popular-—[about 25 percent] of students are in a music ensemble and [many] students participate in the nationally renowned St. Olaf Christmas Festival." During the Christmas Festival, "alumni from all over [flock] back to the Hill to relive their Ole days. The campus is decorated everywhere, and the cafeteria even serves Norwegian food for the big weekend.' And for Oles this "close knit, inquisitive student body" is "literally home." "I leave for break, excited to see my family" one environmental science major explains, "But to be honest? I find myself longing for the day when I come back to campus. Back to my home."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ruth Bolstad

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
*Clear statement of diagnosed disability *Summary of presenting symptoms *List of all assessments and relevant scores *Description of functional limitations *Statement of why disability qualifies applicant for accommodations *List of recommended educational accommodations *Diagnosis made by qualified professional practicing in area in which the disability is diagnosed who is not related to the student *Within the past 5 years *Typed on official letterhead

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Same documentation required for LD. No medical only documentation is acceptable.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
257
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
19

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

41% participate in intramural sports
17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Oles)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Oles)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
117

Average Number of PC's per Lab
9

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Anne Donahue
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

Phone
Ph: 507-786-3026

Email
admissions@stolaf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fireside Lounge, Buntrock Commons
The Lion's Pause (student-run nightclub)
Tostrud Recreation Center
Beautiful 300 acre campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mall of America
Many Arts Activities in Twin Cities
Museums in Twin Cities
Historic downtown Northfield

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@stolaf.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay, seniors only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is 35 miles from campus. Please contact the admissions office for information regarding transportation options from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate 35 (nearest four-lane thoroughfare) take Exit 69 to Highway 19 East. The main entrance to the campus is five miles east of the interstate via Highway 19. Look for a stone marker on your left as you enter Northfield city limits. You also may reach the campus via St. Olaf Avenue which intersects with Highway 3 in Northfield.

Local Accommodations
Please contact the admissions office for a listing of accommodations or visit this website: http://www.visitingnorthfield.com/lodging.html