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St Olaf Admission Requirements

Northfield, Minnesota

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Chances of getting into St Olaf College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
51%
Admission Difficulty for St Olaf College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into St Olaf and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at St Olaf is 51%.  It ranks #4 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. St Olaf is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,658 out of 5,231 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 27 percent (SAT 1150/1390 ACT 25/32). St Olaf College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The St Olaf application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to St Olaf College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 35% of students submitted SAT scores and 74% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

St Olaf SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1150-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT 
35%
SAT Scores for St Olaf College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for St Olaf College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1270

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 1030. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1270 out of 1600. St Olaf ranks #4 in Minnesota and #143 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

St Olaf College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1390 and Above Good >66%
1270 to 1390 Avg + 51%-66%
1150 to 1270 Avg - 35%-51%
1030 to 1150 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 1030 Low <22%
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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 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for St Olaf College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
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 and #148 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >68%
28 to 32 Avg + 51%-68%
25 to 28 Avg - 38%-51%
22 to 25 Reach 26%-38%
Less than 22 Low <26%
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St Olaf GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.68
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 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as St Olaf accepts 51% of students who apply.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

69% 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 39%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

St Olaf College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,878 2,351 5,231
Accepted 1,523 1,133 2,658
Acceptance Rate 53% 48% 51%
Enrolled 406 321 729
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 28% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
42

Applicants have 42 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to St Olaf College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

St Olaf College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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

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?

51% of those who apply are granted admission to St Olaf. Admission competition is low and the college has very high 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 1150 and 1390. 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.