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St Olaf Admission Requirements

Northfield, Minnesota

Chances of getting into St Olaf College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
49.9%
Admission Difficulty for St Olaf College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into St Olaf and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,743 out of 5,496 applicants were admitted making St Olaf a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 24 percent. St Olaf College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at St Olaf, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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St Olaf SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
35%
SAT Scores for St Olaf College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for St Olaf College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1300

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to St Olaf College?

St Olaf College typically requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

St Olaf College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >63%
1300 to 1410 Avg + 50%-63%
1190 to 1300 Avg - 37%-50%
1080 to 1190 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 1080 Low <26%
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St Olaf ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
74%
ACT Scores for St Olaf College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for St Olaf College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into St Olaf?

Admission data indicates that St Olaf regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 74 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to St Olaf College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

St Olaf College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >65%
28 to 32 Avg + 50%-65%
25 to 28 Avg - 39%-50%
22 to 25 Reach 29%-39%
Less than 22 Low <29%
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St Olaf GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.62
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into St Olaf College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into St Olaf. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at St Olaf College was 3.62 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to St Olaf will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted St Olaf College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 51% Good
3.50 to 3.75 18% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 9% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

80% of St Olaf College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted St Olaf College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 50%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 97%
Bottom 50% of class 3%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

St Olaf College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,178 2,318 5,496
Accepted 1,598 1,145 2,743
Acceptance Rate 50% 49% 50%
Enrolled 461 348 809
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 30% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to St Olaf College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

St Olaf College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at St Olaf College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
S
University of St Thomas

Saint Paul, Minnesota

V
Viterbo University

La Crosse, Wisconsin

W
Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

I
Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

H
Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, Indiana

K
Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan

E
Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

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

FAQs

Does St Olaf College prefer SAT or ACT?

35% of students submit their SAT scores to St Olaf. 74% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into St Olaf College?

50% of those who apply are granted admission to St Olaf. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for St Olaf College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1410. 35% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for St Olaf College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 32. 74% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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