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St. Olaf College Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

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 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 Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay 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
(800) 800-3025
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 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 20
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
November 15
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
48% of 5,694 applicants were admitted
Women
48% of 3,352 applicants were admitted
Men
47% of 2,342 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
857 (32%) of 2,705 admitted students enrolled
Women
494 (31%) of 1,593 admitted students enrolled
Men
363 (33%) of 1,112 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
75% of 404 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
942
Students Accepting Wait List Position
468
Students Admitted From Wait List
37

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
600-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
34.98%
Score of 600 - 700
41.57%
Score of 500 - 600
20.16%
Score of 400 - 500
3.29%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
590-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
31.6%
Score of 600 - 700
43.6%
Score of 500 - 600
20.16%
Score of 400 - 500
4.53%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
48.5%
Score of 24 - 29
36.6%
Score of 18 - 23
14.3%
Score of 12 - 17
.7%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 46%
Top quarter: 74%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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