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St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,040
   Women 1,711 (56.3%)
   Men 1,329 (43.7%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 45% of 6,041 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.63
SAT Math 630 average
570-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 630 average
550-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 29 average
26-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $56,610
  Tuition and Fees $44,180
  Room and Board $10,080
Average Percent of Need Met 99%
Average Freshman Award $38,733
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 213
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Northfield Population 20,581
Nearest Metropolitan Area Minneapolis-St. Paul
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 93% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Lion
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
2.3% Black/African-American
6.3% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.6% White
1.1% Unknown
International Students 8.5% from 78 countries
First-Year Students Returning 92.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 85.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 12.0%