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St Olaf College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 51 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $59,242)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $48,556)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 38 - - -
Basketball 16 16 - Yes
Football 101 - - -
Golf 15 9 - -
Ice Hockey 34 23 Yes -
Other Sports 13 11 - -
Skiing 9 10 Yes -
Soccer 24 25 - Yes
Softball - 18 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 29 34 - -
Tennis 11 12 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 70 72 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 75 74 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 41 56 - -
Volleyball - 13 - Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.3%
Hispanic 2.1%
Non-resident alien 2.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.1%
Two or more races 1.1%
White/non-Hispanic 83.5%
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 23
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 3
Reviews Dorm Life
  • student2012
  • 2
  • The dorms at St. Olaf are outdated and crowded. However, the beauty of the campus and ease of which you can get around campus makes them tolerable. Living in such…

  • Apr-27-2012 Read More
  • Andrea from Lenexa, KS
  • 5
  • The sense of community in dorms is very strong and there are many options of rooms to choose from. Some buildings are modern in style, some have intriguing history, all…

  • Apr-27-2012 Read More
  • Mid-Western Student
  • 4
  • As a small, community based school, St. Olaf has a four-year housing requirement. It is possible to request off-campus housing if you want to live elsewhere, but with your…

  • Jun-20-2012 Read More
  • Erin from Elmhurst, IL
  • 5
  • Students are respectful but know how to have fun. The community is tight within the cooridors. We had a fun Hoe-Down, Murder-Mystery Party, Fast Food Formal, Winter Walk, breakfasts, and…

  • Jan-01-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Sean from Oconomowoc, WI
  • Mar-11-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I've been reading everywhere that the food is fantastic and consistently nationally ranked in the top 10. It seems like everyone is in love with what's cooking.

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  • 3
  • George from Mountain View, CA
  • Feb-06-2014 I am a current student here

    We've ranked pretty highly on the list for the best cafeteria's in the nation. So, the food here is pretty good, but it eventually might become repetitive. That is when you try some foods from the Cage, travel to downtown Northfield and find a restaurant your interested in, or try your hand at cooking.

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  • 5
  • Ava from Wisconsin
  • Jan-02-2014 I am a current student here

    AMAZING. I have nothing negative to say about the food and dining at St. Olaf. It is sort of a buffet-like style with a few different lines with different types of food for your choosing. Having organic food is very important to the staff and a lot of the food is from nearby farms in Northfield. Theres options for all the food groups and it is very easy to eat healthy (but also not so healthy..the desserts are so yummy!). Lastly, for the vegetarian or gluten free people, there are options all day, every day for them!

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  • 5
  • Mike from Saint Paul, MN
  • Sep-03-2013 I am a current student here

    The food at St. Olaf is unmatched. Although a smaller school, it makes up for size with good quality meals, variety, and options. Having one cafeteria makes Stav Hall a unique place in which everyone comes together to eat. The meal plan is simple and efficient, which is not always the case with other schools. The other places to eat around campus with account money have just as good of food and are very popular.

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  • 5
  • Susan from Minnetonka, MN
  • Jul-10-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is fantastic. I am a vegetarian and I have vegan friends who don't complain, haha :). Aside from the caf we have the Cage, which has the atmosphere and fare of a coffee shop, the Pause, which is student-run and has pizza, pizza-bagels, nachos, and shakes.

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  • 5
  • Nancy from Northfield, MN
  • Jul-09-2013 I am a current student here

    By far, St.Olaf ranks as one of the top college dining in the nation. Every day there is a large selection of food to choose from that caters to everyone's taste. You have your Home line which is usually comfort food such as mashed potatoes, steak, chicken, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, green beans, etc. and this meal changes every day for lunch and dinner. You have your Tortilla line which is where you can make burritos or tacos with a wide selection of meats and fresh condiments. You have a Pasta line where you can get pizza and pasta dishes with different pasta choices and pasta sauce selections. The Grill line where you can get your burgers and veggie burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, and fries. The Bowl line where you can get stir-fry and choices of rice or rice noodles. The salad bar is by far the best thing in the dining hall with a large selection of greens, condiments, and dressings. The Grains line is the vegetarian line made with gluten-free products. Fruits and vegetables are available fresh every day and toasters and panini makers with bread,bagels, and english muffins are available every day. The dessert section waits for you at the end of the dining hall with specialty cakes, cookies, and delicacies. Cereal is available any time. As for drinks, you have the choice of Coke products, juices, milks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and chai. The food selection here is wonderful and I would not be able to imagine my college life without it.

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  • 5
  • Katelyn from Andover, MN
  • May-16-2013 I am a current student here

    The food here is AMAZING. I lose weight when I come back to school because it's so easy to eat healthy.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Ava from Wisconsin
  • Jan-02-2014 I am a current student here

    There is not a greek life at St. Olaf. One unique thing is that we have Honor Houses. These houses are right along the outer parts of campus. Many are language houses for example I know of the Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, and German houses and I know there are a few more. These language houses host activities pertaining to the language and culture and usually the students that live there are either majors and/or natives from that country. We also have honor houses like the Poetry House, the Gay Pride House, and Diversity House, just to name a few. It is really fun to go down to the houses on the weekends and see what activities will be in store!

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  • Katelyn from Andover, MN
  • May-16-2013 I am a current student here

    None! Instead, people join clubs, live in honor houses, and meet people they live with in their freshman dorms.

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