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St Olaf College Student Life

St Olaf College is on a 300-acre campus in a small town setting in Northfield, Minnesota, not far from Minneapolis-St. Paul. St Olaf College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

St Olaf College does not have fraternities or sororities.

St Olaf College has a thriving Swing Club. In fact, more students participate in Swing Club than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at St Olaf College include Alpha Phi Omega, College Democrats, Pre-Health Professionals and Women's Ultimate.

The St Olaf College community comes together each year for President's Ball, SpringFest and Christmas Festival.

St Olaf College Housing

St Olaf College offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through senior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

The majority of St Olaf College students live on campus. In 2021, 91% of undergrads at St Olaf College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 9% of students lived off-campus or commuted to St Olaf College. There are 2,770 spots available in on-campus housing for all 2,953 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 2,400 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

St Olaf College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

St Olaf College Athletics

At St Olaf College there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at St Olaf College:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Skiing (Downhill) NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 3
Golf NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 2
Ice Hockey Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Skiing (Cross Country) NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Rowing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Swimming And Diving Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Tennis NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Safety at St Olaf College

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

St. Olaf College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The St Olaf College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

St Olaf College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to St Olaf College

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit St Olaf College, take Interstate 35 to Northfield, MN. If you need to fly, book your flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.

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