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About St Olaf College

St. Olaf doesn’t produce ordinary college grads. It turns out Oles (Oh-Lees). St. Olaf’s 3,000 students come from 90 countries, every state, and a variety of religious and non- religious backgrounds. Oles choose from more than 85 majors, concentrations, and pre- professional tracks within the intense liberal arts academic program. The long-standing emphasis on global engagement broadens perspectives, and two-thirds of Oles study abroad. Oles aren’t necessarily religious, but the college’s religious tradition encourages deep self-reflection. Over 200 organizations flourish within an intensely residential setting. The vibrant Ole community accepts, supports, and encourages, generating lifelong friendships and invaluable connections. St. Olaf’s beautiful 300-acre campus is located in Northfield, Minnesota, approximately 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

St. Olaf College is a private, religious school in an small town setting in Northfield, Minnesota. St Olaf College was founded in 1874 and enrolls 2,953 undergrads and no graduate students.

St Olaf College offers housing for up to 2,770 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 90% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of St Olaf College's endowment was $516.331 million For each full-time student, St Olaf College spends about $55,475,361.

2021 St Olaf College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 51%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.7
Tuition $52,680

2022 St Olaf College Regular Decision Application Deadline

January 20 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by March 20.

Early Admission at St Olaf College

St. Olaf College offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to St Olaf College is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
66% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to St Olaf College.

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St Olaf College Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into St Olaf College. St Olaf College admitted 51% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 5,229 applications received in 2021, 2,656 students were offered admission.

St Olaf College Waitlist 2021

St Olaf College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into St. Olaf College?

St Olaf College is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to St Olaf College, applicants must submit the following items.

St Olaf College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

St Olaf College Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to St Olaf College.

Does St Olaf College Require Test Scores?

St Olaf College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 39% submitted the SAT. 72% submitted the ACT.

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Does St Olaf College Have Dorms?

Yes! St Olaf College provides on-campus housing for up to 2,770 students.

St Olaf College students are active in the school's Swing Club, Alpha Phi Omega and College Democrats. President's Ball, SpringFest, and and Christmas Festival are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at St Olaf College.

Financial Aid at St Olaf College

St Olaf College meets 97% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,708 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is St Olaf College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at St Olaf College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at St Olaf College, around 91% return for their sophomore year.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $29,257 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does St Olaf College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is St Olaf College a good school for you?

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Where is St Olaf College?

St Olaf College is located in the small town setting of Northfield, Minnesota, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

If you want to see St Olaf College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to Northfield, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what St Olaf College and Northfield are like without leaving home.

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College Info

St Olaf College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to St Olaf College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to St Olaf College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at St Olaf College is like? There are approximately 2,953 students enrolled at St Olaf College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 51% percent are from MN and 49% percent of students are from other states.


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