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St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

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St Olaf College overview
Location Northfield, Minnesota
Online stolaf.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
St Olaf College overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota, was founded in 1874 by a group of Norwegian-American immigrant pastors and farmers. Named after the patron saint of Norway, the campus is distinguished by its Scandinavian heritage and a striking array of traditional and modernist buildings spread over 300 acres of land, offering views of the surrounding natural landscapes. Approximately 40 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the college facilitates an immersive academic experience within a rural, yet accessible setting. St. Olaf is well-regarded for its strong programs in music, biology, and mathematics, and the institution maintains a reputation for its rigorous academics with a somewhat selective admission process. The college requires students to live on campus for the duration of their attendance, fostering a residential community that includes an array of housing options, from traditional dormitories to townhouses and honor houses. Although St. Olaf is not primarily known for its athletic programs, it competes in NCAA Division III as the "Oles" across a range of sports.

In the most recent statistical year 5,524 prospective students applied, and 3,116 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 869 enrolled in the school.  3,022 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 24 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $54,650 plus fees of $0. St Olaf is ranked 156 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












St Olaf is rated within the top 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

St Olaf College overview
SAT 1300/1480
ACT 28/33
GPA 3.68

Applications Accepted

St Olaf College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for St Olaf College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $12,450
Budget for Other Expenses$900
Total One Year Cost$69,000

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by St Olaf College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 16%
Biology 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Physical Sciences 8%
Mathematics 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=174844 IPEDS survey data for St Olaf College.

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