Saint Olaf College, founded in 1874, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Two thirds of its student body participates in international study programs, and approximately one third of students participate in musical organizations. It also offers special academic programs, such as the Great Conversation Program. Its internationally acclaimed St. Olaf choir, band and orchestra go on at least one major U.S. tour each year and perform internationally every few years. Its 350-acre campus, including several buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, is located in Northfield, 45 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Website: www.stolaf.edu

Private
Co-ed
3,048
Undergraduate
Students
(57.5%) 1,752 Women
(42.5%) 1,296 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
50% of 5,496 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.67
SAT Math
590-710 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
600-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
25-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$54,440
Tuition and Fees
$47,840
Room and Board
$5,200
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$42,972
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,907
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
209
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Northfield Population
20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.8% Asian
2.8% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.9% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students
9.9% from 85 countries
First-Year Students Returning
90.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
81.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
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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 Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used as a validity check on the application essay
ACT: Used as a validity check on the application essay

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
City, State, Zip
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Phone
(507) 786-3025
Fax
(507) 646-3832
E-mail
admissions@stolaf.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 8
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
50% of 5,496 applicants were admitted
Women
50% of 3,178 applicants were admitted
Men
49% of 2,318 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
804 (29%) of 2,743 admitted students enrolled
Women
471 (29%) of 1,598 admitted students enrolled
Men
363 (32%) of 1,145 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
76% of 368 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
911
Students Accepting Wait List Position
448
Students Admitted From Wait List
51

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.67
3.75 and Above
48%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
590-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
34%
Score of 600 - 700
40%
Score of 500 - 600
23%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
600-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
49%
Score of 500 - 600
21%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
25-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
44%
Score of 24 - 29
42%
Score of 18 - 23
13%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 41%
Top quarter: 72%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$54,440
Tuition and Fees
$47,840
Room and Board
$5,200
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$400
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline March 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002382
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
719 (87.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
631 (91.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
631 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
600 (92.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$42,972
Need-Based Gift
Received by 631 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,531
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 566 (94.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,870
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 220 (36.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
154 (17.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,556

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,401 (77.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,254 (93.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,254 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,705 (73.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
95%
Average Award
$42,091
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,254 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,236
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,156 (97.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,176
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 576 (27.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
634 (19.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,160

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
64%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,907
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
562
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Dance, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
145
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
129
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Norwegian Language and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
209
Part-Time Faculty
117
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
62%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 49% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,339,479
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
840
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Northfield Population
20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Campus Size
300 acres

Weather

Temperature
2.8 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Minneapolis-St. Paul
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Red Wing

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Lion
School Colors
Black and old gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x   x  
Skiing (Downhill) x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student government association, ultimate frisbee teams, ole spring relief, alpha phi omega, sarn: sexual assault resource network
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,048
Women
1,752 (57.5%)
Men
1,296 (42.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,023
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.8% Asian
2.8% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.9% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students.
9.9% from 85 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
90.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
81.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
86%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
88.2%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1.5%
Engineering 0.3%
Law 2.7%
Theology 2.1%
Dentistry 0.9%
Arts and Sciences 13.9%
Medicine 3.6%
Education 1.2%
Other 3.1%

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