St. Olaf College campus

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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
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

Selectivity Rating

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
86%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years

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

Tucked away in quaint Northfield, Minnesota, St. Olaf College provides undergraduates 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 “excellent music program.” Further, students 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 subject.” 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, “St. 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.”

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years

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:

Median Starting Salary
$39,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$77,500

Alumni with High Job Meaning
50%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

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

Business Farm Supp
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 96 percent of undergraduate need across all four years. The $41,700 tuition and $9,500 room and board costs reflect the caliber of the institution, with the average cumulative undergraduate indebtedness tallies up to $27,483.

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
$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
$42,940
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,070
Transportation for Commuters
$450

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
Federal Perkins 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
3,034
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

Students Say

Undergrads at St. Olaf’s speak highly of their peers, describing the student population as filled with “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 [eight] choirs the school offers, or is in one [of] the orchestra[s] or band[s].” 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 religious beliefs or sexual orientation. People are very welcoming and understanding.”

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

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 athletic center parking lot, learn swing dancing and anything else you could possibly imagine! It’s remarkable!” Although St. Olaf has a policy that prohibits alcohol on 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 chemistry/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!”

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

19% 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