If you want to apply to St Olaf College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 20.
|St Olaf College 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.7|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||39%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||39%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||72%|
St. Olaf College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/8.
Mark your calendar!
The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! St Olaf College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.
The early decision acceptance rate at St Olaf College is 66%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 51%. Last year, St Olaf College admitted 278 of the 419 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
It is very difficult to get into St Olaf College. St Olaf College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, St Olaf College accepted 51% of students, around 2,656 of the 5,229 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like St Olaf College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult.
In 2021, St Olaf College waitlisted 817 students. Of those, 416 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
To apply, all applicants to St Olaf College must submit the following items. Double check with St Olaf College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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||√|
Students admitted to St Olaf College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.
Out of all students that were admitted, 37% submitted a class rank. At St Olaf College 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 69% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At St. Olaf College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
St Olaf College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
St Olaf College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 39% of St Olaf College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 72% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other St Olaf College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1160 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At St Olaf College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of St Olaf College students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of St Olaf College students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.
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To be most competitive at St Olaf College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 32 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for St Olaf College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.
A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for St Olaf College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.
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For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to St Olaf College.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in St Olaf College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to St Olaf College?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to St Olaf College.
Does St Olaf College accept transfer credits?
St Olaf College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does St Olaf College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
St Olaf College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to St Olaf College?
No, St Olaf College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..
What is St Olaf College's acceptance rate?
St Olaf College's acceptance rate is 51%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at St Olaf College?
St Olaf College's early decision acceptance rate was 66% in 2021.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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.
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At St Olaf College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.68. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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