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COLLEGE PROFILE

St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entrance Difficulty
Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.
High School Preparation
High School GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is required
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English 4
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Foreign Language 4
Social Studies 4
History  
Academic Electives  
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredJanuary 15
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests Only 
ACT Writing Test PolicyNot reported
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Used as a validity check on the application essay
ACT: Used as a validity check on the application essay

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address1520 St. Olaf Avenue
City, State, ZipNorthfield, MN  55057-1098
Phone(507) 786-3025
Fax(507) 646-3832
E-mailadmissions@stolaf.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Application Fee$40
Fee may be reduced or waived if student applies online. Check with Admissions Office.
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationMarch 15
Accept Offer of AdmissionMay 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedYes
Early Decision DeadlineNovember 15, January 1
Early Decision NotificationDecember 15, February 15
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Action Deadline 
Early Action Notification 
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate60% of 3,937 applicants were admitted
   Women61% of 2,208 applicants were admitted
   Men59% of 1,729 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled866 (36%) of 2,377 admitted students enrolled
   Women478 (35%) of 1,353 admitted students enrolled
   Men388 (38%) of 1,024 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate79% of 344 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate 
Students Offered Wait List 627
Students Accepting Wait List Position 233
Students Admitted From Wait List 1
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA3.62
3.75 and Above51%
3.50 - 3.7418%
3.25 - 3.4912%
3.00 - 3.2410%
2.50 - 2.998%
2.00 - 2.491%
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math640 average
580-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
43%
Score of 500 - 600
26%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading636 average
580-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
29%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
20%
Score of 400 - 500
10%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing570-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
23%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
24%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite29 average
26-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
44%
Score of 24 - 29
47%
Score of 18 - 23
9%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 50%
Top quarter: 80%
Top half: 97%
Bottom half: 3%
National Merit Scholar4%
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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CLASS OF 2018 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.64 3.97 629 619 618 28
Low 2.90 3.20 520 540 500 22
High 4.00 5.00 770 800 770 35
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