St Olaf College

1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Tel: (507)786-2222
Private not-for-profit | 3,176 students
St. Olaf is a liberal arts college of the church with world-class programs in music and mathematics. We're also recognized for our science research, our intensive global focus and the percentage of our alumni who go on to graduate school. Liberal arts colleges teach not only certain kinds of knowledge, skills, and competencies but also, and more importantly, they teach students to think analytically, to learn how to learn..

School Overview:

St Olaf College
CountyRice County, MN
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
252 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,176 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,128 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
48 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted60%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)580-700450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)580-700460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)570-690440-570
ACT English (25-75%)25-3119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)26-3218-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)26-3120-25

School Notes:

  • St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective. In the conviction that life is more than a livelihood, it focuses on what is ultimately worthwhile and fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated to the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders. In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a distinctive environment that integrates teaching, scholarship , creative activity, and opportunities for encounter with the Christian Gospel and God's call to faith.
  • St. Olaf College strives to be an inclusive community, respecting those of differing backgrounds and beliefs. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus programs, it stimulates students' critical thinking and heightens their moral sensitivi ty; it encourages them to be seekers of truth, leading lives of unselfish service to others; and it challenges them to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world.
  • St. Olaf offers 44 graduation majors, including 10 teaching certifications, 20 concentrations and 20 pre-professional fields with the most popular majors (in order) being: English, psychology, biology, economics, mathematics and chemistry. St. Olaf offers 27 intercollegiate athletic teams (NCAA Div. III, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), over 20 music ensembles and nearly 100 student organizations.
  • St. Olaf is ranked 1st out of bachelor-degree institutions in the number of students who study abroad (according to statistics from the Chronicle of Higher Education).

Nearby Schools:

St Olaf College
0 mi. away
Carleton College
1.5 mi. away
Macalester College
33.0 mi. away

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