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Most Helpful Review for St Olaf College
  • Category: Am learning a lot
  • Review by: Kelsey from Portland, OR
  • 18 out of 18 people found this review helpful

Of course in the classroom I feel that I am learning from some of the brightest professors I will meet, but I am also learning a lot about myself through classes I take, interactions with others on campus, volunteer and abroad opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. I also strongly advocate the liberal arts education that is offered at many institutions including St. Olaf. It gives students a chance to look at many different fields--some that they may never have imagined being of interest to them--that most often supplement, or even inform, their major. Psychology majors take theatre courses and investigate how...

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  • Amrit - Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Jan-29-2018 I am a current student here

    St. Olaf is a school meant for a very specific kind of person. While the academics are high quality and rigorous in many aspects and the teachers are great, the school does force you to take a religion class among other lib ed requirements that seem silly. Besides the academic portion of St. Olaf, one major drawback is the social scene. The students drink themselves to death on weekends because there really is nothing much to do there and it can get extremely cliquey there so if you don't get yourself in a group in the first couple weeks, you're screwed. They don't have very good academic support for disabilities there as well. The campus is beautiful and the food is good and there is a level of trust there that you don't see with most campuses, to the point where you can leave your stuff lying around anywhere and it won't get stolen. But again, the biggest drawback is the social scene. If you can't handle cliqueyness and a lot of fake people, this is not the school for you.

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  • Nicolej
  • Apr-11-2017 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    St. Olaf has a beautiful campus with a rural setting that immediately makes you feel safe and at home. More than that, it has beautiful people who are friendly and kind to complete strangers. If you are looking for a place that could possibly feel like a home away from home, St. Olaf's is the college for you.

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  • Michaela from Boise, ID
  • Mar-15-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I had not even heard of Saint Olaf's, but at a nordic skiing training camp in West Yellowstone, Montana, they were the only college team that was consistently polite to the high school racers. They made a huge impact and now, because of the nordic skiers, I am looking at going to school there. Great people.

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  • Robert from Ferndale, WA
  • Dec-14-2014 I am a current student here

    St. Olaf is a fantastic, small school with a great community. Options are endless here, and it is so true that a Liberal Arts education really does prepare you on a much deeper level than your average university or college. I've learned a lot already, and I'm only 1 semester in to my 4 year career here; if you're interested, I highly suggest this place, a great fit for all types of people!

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  • Angela from Chanhassen, MN
  • Nov-15-2014 I am a current student here

    St. Olaf has an incredible community. I'm so happy I chose to come to school here, I have met amazing people and taken amazing classes. I feel that I have been challenged to become a better student and human being.

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  • Tristan from Mount Horeb, WI
  • Oct-30-2014 I am a current student here

    St. Olaf is a great liberal arts college and was recently awarded the distinction of best undergraduate teaching. The campus is quite small but quite nice, including multiple new buildings. Recommended especially for prospective students in music, mathematics, or the sciences.

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  • Courtney from Alpharetta, GA
  • Apr-07-2014 I am a current student here

    Community-based smallish school is perfect for making lifelong friends! Events and opportunities abound, everyone is friendly and we have an honor code--meaning we can leave our backpacks and computers wherever and can trust each other. Northfield is a gorgeous small-town setting for the school nicknamed Hogwarts by some.

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  • Sean from Oconomowoc, WI
  • Mar-11-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    St. Olaf has a beautiful campus, despite the frigid Minnesota air. The buildings seem great and well kept, especially science buildings and a great looking and sounding church. The food is really good.

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

    St. Olaf offers a rigorous academic regiment that constantly challenges students to think and analyze critically. It offers up some of the best travel abroad programs in the nation, allowing students to fulfill their dreams of actually experiencing first hand another culture. Finally, it brings up together a community of students who push each other to succeed and reach any goals and desires one may possess.

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