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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 ACTConsidered if submittedJanuary 15
SAT Subject Tests OnlyConsidered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test PolicyAccepted with or without writing component
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 FeeNo fee required
Application Fee WaiverNot reported
Regular Admission NotificationMarch 20
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 8
Early Decision NotificationDecember 15, February 1
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 Rate45% of 6,041 applicants were admitted
   Women56% of 2,828 applicants were admitted
   Men35% of 3,213 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled835 (31%) of 2,704 admitted students enrolled
   Women458 (29%) of 1,589 admitted students enrolled
   Men377 (34%) of 1,115 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate79% of 278 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate 
Students Offered Wait List 747
Students Accepting Wait List Position 359
Students Admitted From Wait List 3
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA3.63
3.75 and Above46%
3.50 - 3.7420%
3.25 - 3.4915%
3.00 - 3.2410%
2.50 - 2.999%
2.00 - 2.49 
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math630 average
570-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
26%
Score of 400 - 500
8%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading630 average
550-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
29%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
25%
Score of 400 - 500
13%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing610 average
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite29 average
26-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
42%
Score of 24 - 29
47%
Score of 18 - 23
11%
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: 43%
Top quarter: 77%
Top half: 96%
Bottom half: 4%
National Merit Scholar2%
ValedictorianNot reported
Class PresidentNot reported
Student Government OfficerNot reported
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.64 3.84 662 728 30
Low 3.00 3.00 570 680 19
High 4.00 4.81 730 800 35
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