Tucked away in quaint Northfield, Minnesota, St. Olaf College provides under­ graduates with a "great academic program" and a "great community." Though technically a Christian school, St. Olaf does a good "job of emphasizing the Lutheran tradition without making students feel pressured to have similar religious beliefs." While the college is home to many solid departments, undergrads are quick to highlight St.

Overview

Applicants
4,875
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.62

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 700
SAT Math
570 - 690
ACT Composite
26 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Tucked away in quaint Northfield, Minnesota, St. Olaf College provides under­ graduates with a "great academic program" and a "great community." Though technically a Christian school, St. Olaf does a good "job of emphasizing the Lutheran tradition without making students feel pressured to have similar religious beliefs." While the college is home to many solid departments, undergrads are quick to highlight St. Olaf's strong "reputation for the natural sciences" and "excel­ lent music program." Furthestudents also love to call attention to the school's "incredible study abroad program." Additionally, undergrads are prone to gushing about their "very knowledgeable" professors, especially given that availability and accessibility are hallmarks at St. Olaf. As one senior brags, "Professors are more than willing to talk academics. They literally sit in their office waiting for students to come." Importantly, they "also know how to get students excited about a sub­ ject." Although "classes are hard" and professors "have high expectations," they also "genuinely want to see you grow as a student in their class." Finally, as this supremely content junior summarizes, "Saint Olaf is a place where you will not only be pushed as an academic but you will be pushed and forced to examine your political beliefs, spiritual beliefs [and] moral beliefs." The college "allows you to grow as a global citizen and not just a student."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.8:1
Total Faculty
334
with Terminal Degree
262

177
Men
157
Women
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
97%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,519

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,644

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,149

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,396

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,127

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,700
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,920
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

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
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall

If one were to superficially assess St. Olaf's student body, he/she would easily conclude that the "typical student is white, blonde, and Norwegian." However, these undergrads are far more than their exteriors. Certainly, no one understands that better than St. Olaf students themselves. Speaking very highly of their peers, undergrads describe their friends as "well-rounded" individuals who maintain a "wide range of interests." Though at times that might make students here appear to be "over-committed overachievers," many assure us that it's simply because 'Oles'are just "so excited about so many things."Of course, given St. Olaf's renown for its music program, it's no wonder that a sophomore quickly adds, "A typical student at St. Olaf is usually involved with one of the five choirs the school offers, or is in the orchestra or band."Fortunately, though the vast majority of undergrads are indeed "hard-working," you won't find any cutthroat behavior here. As one freshman proudly reports, "The students on campus are like one big family [with] everyone look[ing] out for one another. For example, people trust one another enough to leave computers and other valuables unattended for long periods of time." Moreover, undergrads are "very friendly and open to new ideas." A senior biology major concurs sharing, "It is easy to get to know people, regardless of reli­ gious beliefs or sexual orientation. People are very welcoming and understanding."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,034
Out of State
52%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

5.97%
Asian
1.78%
African-American
5.01%
Hispanic
82.34%
Caucasian
7.82%
International

58% female
42% male
52% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

At St. Olaf, students can readily participate in a vibrant campus life. As one eager freshman regales us, "Life here at Olaf is always busy; whether it's going to a concert or playing Quidditch in the courtyard, there's always something to do...For fun, we can play club sports, watch the Limestones perform, attend an improv comedy performance, get our groove on at school dances, zip line in the athlete center parking lot, learn swing dancing and anything else you could possibly imagine! It's remarkable!" Although St. Olaf maintains a "dry campus," a neuroscience major admits that "a lot of students still use alcohol on a regular basis, so it's not that hard to find a party." However, he then goes on to assure us that "Oles know how to have good, clean fun." A chemistryI econ double-major agrees adding, "There is no pressure to drink." There's a lot for students to take advantage of off-campus as well. For example, "skiing, hiking, and biking are pretty popular pursuits on weekends depending on the season, and Oles are always down for a trip into Northfield to visit apple orchards, music venues, restaurants and bars." Additionally, the "proximity of the Twin Cities also enables students to take a weekend to catch some sports games, fabulous theater, or travelling national musical acts, as well." Perhaps this sophomore best sums up life here, "[There's] hardly a dull moment!"

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
70

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

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

67% participate in intramural sports
23% 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


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
119

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

Admissions Office 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
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Key Stats

4,875
Applicants
3,034
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1260
SAT Scores

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