St Olaf College
Northfield, MN, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
0
100
43%
Acceptance Rate
5,949
Students Applied
37%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
65
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 15, 2020
Fall Regular Decision January 15, 2020 May 1, 2020
Other
Early Decision II
January 8, 2020
Test Optional
No
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
42%
Out-Of-State Students
53%
US States Represented
49
Countries Represented
85
80%
Submitting ACT
27%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 30
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1312
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
570
75th
710
Reading
25th
580
75th
690
3.70
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
51%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
41
Top 25%
72
Top 50%
96

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: admissions@stolaf.edu
Admissions Telephone: 800-800-3025
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.29 Average Rating
I will repeat that I am a strong advocate for the liberal arts education. While looking for your future college, be sure to find a place that includes your areas of interest, but do not limit your possibilities. St. Olaf has so many strong departments that it is not uncommon for someone to change their major multiple times (and still graduate on time!)--even people who come in with what they think is a set track to their future. I would not say that this is in any way wishy-washy or lenient, but rather challenging, informative and shaping.
Kelsey from Portland, OR
A good academic record and high scores on the ACT or SAT help. It is also very good to be well-rounded. Show in your essays that you are a reflective and thinking individual. Visit the campus and take advantage of opportunities such as attending classes and activities.
Andrea from Lenexa, KS
Don't be put off by the rural location, the community on campus is fantastic and there really is a lot to do in Northfield. Get involved, but don't overextend yourself.
Mid-Western Student
Visit the campus! It is cold here, there's no doubting that. It's also in a small town, and it is just the kind of setting you need to see and feel to understand. Most people love it, but I know it isn't for everyone; before committing or rejecting this as a possibility, it would behoove you to visit!
Robert from Ferndale, WA
St. Olaf embodies students that behold a strong work ethic and commitment to helping others, therefore try your best in high school. They really value students and help you become the best person you can be. Come here if you looking for the most excellent food, endless fun events (concerts, dances, theatre, etc) and enjoy the community of students that love being Oles.
Erin from Elmhurst, IL
Get involved with student activities!!
Laurel from New Haven, CT
Apply for Financial aid. Visit and meet some people on campus.
Margaret from Norwalk, IA
Don't put-off an interview or a campus tour, as these will very likely make your decision in choosing a college. Keep connected with admissions counselors, advisers, and don't be afraid to reach out to current students to find out more about whether or not it's a right fit. If you do decide to go to Saint Olaf, be prepared to work very hard (in the classroom and outside as well) and make close friends quickly.
Hannah
Take your time in choosing your college or university. Make sure that you go and visit schools you are interested in, even the ones you think you'll never attend! That is most important in my opinion. Make sure to take your time on your essays as well. It's good to brag! Good luck!
Ava from Wisconsin
Talk to your roommate... The land of MinnesotaNICE usually means non-confrontational and unnecessary pent up frustration. Developing interpersonal skills will only help you in the long run.
Josh from Beaverton, OR

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