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Colleges / St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%
Acceptance Rate56%

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 college in the town of Northfield, Minnesota. St Olaf College was founded in 1874. The college enrolls around 3,046 students a year, including 3,046 undergraduates.

St Olaf College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into St Olaf College. Around 56% of applicants get into St Olaf College each year. In 2022, 5,524 students applied to St Olaf College and 3,116 were admitted.

St. Olaf College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 56%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 48%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%

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St. Olaf College is located in Northfield, Minnesota, near Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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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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St Olaf College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1460


Math SAT Range

640 - 750


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1460 and Above


1300 to 1460


1300 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for St Olaf College students is 1380. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to St Olaf College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1300 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1300 have a low chance of being offered a spot at St Olaf College.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at St Olaf College is like? There are approximately 3,046 students enrolled at St Olaf College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 50% percent are from MN and 50% percent of students are from other states.


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