St Olaf College

1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN

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St Olaf College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Northfield, Minnesota, which is a predominantly rural area. The Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Enrollment at St Olaf College is nearly 3,200 annually.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • English Language And Literature

To be considered for admissions, students may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 1770 - 2140 for the SAT exam and between 27 - 32 on the ACT is typical among students accepted to St Olaf College. This school admits around 50% of applicants yearly. Of those students admitted, around 33% attended the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of tuition is nearly $42,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's tuition calculator to identify their costs. The cost of on-campus housing is approximately $4,500 for the year. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is typically grants and loans.

St Olaf College offers several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants St Olaf College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into St Olaf College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading590 - 710
SAT ® Math590 - 710
SAT ® Writing580 - 690
SAT ® Total Score1760 - 2110

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English26 - 33
ACT ® Math25 - 31
ACT ® Composite Score26 - 31

Acceptance Rate Table

The table below lists the chances of getting into St Olaf College.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions2,374 (59%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled752 (32%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at St Olaf College is about 3,000.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $42,000-$50,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • For part-time students, charges are between $1,300-$1,600 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid90%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships89%$20,924
Receiving Student Loans56%$5,815

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 0.5%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, St Olaf College may provide services like:

  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment

Graduation Rates

St Olaf College has a very high graduation rate when compared to similar schools nearby.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years83%
Graduating in 5 Years4%
Graduating in 6 Years0.3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

St Olaf College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Football (Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Other Sports

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact St Olaf College for official up-to-date information.

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