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St Olaf College Stats, Info and Facts

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3,040 students

45% admitted

  • 2,990 full time
  • 50 part time
  • 1,307 men full time
  • 1,683 women full time
  • 6,046 applied
  • 2,704 admitted
  • 824 enrolled

3,114 Undergraduates

$40,700 tuition/year

  • 42 Non-Degree
  • $40,700 in state
  • N/A fees
  • $9,260 room & board
  • $1,000 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Religious affiliation: ELCA
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Plains Small city
Highest Degree Offered: Bachelor's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Four-one-four plan
School Mascot: Ole the Lion
School Colors: Black and gold
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • student2012
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  • St. Olaf is truly a liberal arts college where you are challenged to explore your interests and find your passions. There are a plenitude of activities to get involved in…

  • Apr-27-2012 Read More
  • Andrea from Lenexa, KS
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  • St. Olaf College has excellent academics, wonderful performing and fine arts programs, a gorgeous campus, one of the best cafeterias in the USA with nutritious and local food, a new…

  • Apr-27-2012 Read More
  • Mid-Western Student
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  • St. Olaf College is a small liberal arts college in the rural town of Northfield, Minnesota. It has a Norwegian, Lutheran heritage that is seen throughout campus, from our…

  • Jun-20-2012 Read More
  • Erin from Elmhurst, IL
  • 0
  • St. Olaf College is a gem. Musicality and class transcends throughout, as it embraces a strong diverse community, with rich traditions that make St. Olaf a magical Harry-Potter-like place to…

  • Jan-01-2013 Read More
Mission Statement

One of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition. Many excellent colleges provide one, two, or even three elements of the St. Olaf experience. What makes St. Olaf unique is the combination of so many distinguishing features working together at the highest level: an intense academic program that sharpens minds and an emphasis on a global perspective that broadens them; the vitality of a residential community that engages thoughtful people across the full range of human experiences; and a faith tradition that encourages reflection and honors different perspectives. By cultivating the habits of mind and heart that enable graduates to lead lives of financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement, St. Olaf College provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a changing

St Olaf College
  • Located in Northfield, MN
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 3,040 students enrolled
  • 45% admitted
  • $40,700 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Hung from Lincoln, NE
  • Oct-11-2011 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The campus is very beautiful. Everything is clean and sleek. It's a very nice place for someone that prefers more of a silent environment, as there is no heavy traffic or streets surrounding St. Olaf. The Twin Cities are just 30-45 minutes away, so going there on the weekends won't be a hassle.

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  • 5
  • Kelsey from Portland, OR
  • Aug-22-2011 I am a current student here

    The St. Olaf community is one that provides not only a great study environment, but also a great deal of care a support for its students. It truly becomes a place to call home because it allows you to feel comfortable learning, growing, and having fun not only in the classroom, but in student organizations and residence life as well. This community extends past the student body to faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the Northfield community. Once an Ole, always an Ole!

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  • 5
  • Margaret from Norwalk, IA
  • Jul-28-2011 I am a current student here

    I love it here!! The campus is beautiful and the people at the school are wonderful. Its a great community to be a part of.

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