ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled
Saved to Favorites. View my Colleges
Colleges / St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate47%
Acceptance Rate47%

St Olaf College Student Life

St Olaf College is on a 300-acre campus in the small town setting of Northfield, Minnesota, not far from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

St Olaf College Student Activities

There are many activities and organizations for St Olaf College students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? St Olaf College does not have fraternities or sororities.

St Olaf College has the Swing Club. In fact, more students participate in the 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.

St Olaf College students' favorite campus traditions are President's Ball, SpringFest and Christmas Festival.

Does St Olaf College Offer Student Housing?

This table offers information on housing at St Olaf College.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes Required for senior
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 90%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 2,770
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 2,400
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 10%

St Olaf College offers on-campus housing. 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 2022, 90% of undergrads at St Olaf College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 10% of students lived off-campus or commuted to St Olaf College. There are 2,770 spots available in on-campus housing for all 2,988 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 2,400 students chose to live on-campus. 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
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Golf NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Ice Hockey NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Skiing (Downhill) NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Tennis NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Skiing (Cross Country) NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Indoor Track NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Rowing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Is St Olaf College Safe?

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.

Additionally, St Olaf College has 24 hour monitored emergency phone app.

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.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Minnesota you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore St Olaf College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About St Olaf College

Choose one of the options below to find out more about about St Olaf College:




Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about St Olaf College.

St Olaf College Students






Full Time


Part Time


In State












Undergraduate Students


Non-Resident / International Students


St Olaf College Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About St Olaf College?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation