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St. Olaf College

School Profile

  • St. Olaf CollegePrivate Four-year Liberal Arts College in Northfield, MN
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church In America
  • Top Schools in the USA

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Students: 3,073
First-year Undergraduate Students: 813
Undergraduate Students Who are Seeking Degree: 3,014

Degree Programs Offered and Courses List

  • Bachelor of American racial and multicultural studies
  • Bachelor of American Studies
  • Bachelor of Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Bachelor of Art - General
  • Bachelor of Art History/Criticism/Conservation
  • Bachelor of Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Classics
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Dance
  • Bachelor of Drama/Theater Arts
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of English Language & Literature - General
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Exercise Sciences
  • Bachelor of French
  • Bachelor of German
  • Bachelor of Greek, Ancient
  • Bachelor of History - General
  • Bachelor of Latin
  • Bachelor of Latin American Studies
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Bachelor of Mathematics - General
  • Bachelor of Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Bachelor of Music - General
  • Bachelor of Music - General Performance
  • Bachelor of Music Teacher Education
  • Bachelor of Music Theory/Composition
  • Bachelor of Norwegian
  • Bachelor of Nursing (RN)
  • Bachelor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Physics
  • Bachelor of Political Science/Government
  • Bachelor of Psychology - General
  • Bachelor of Religion/Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Religious/Sacred Music
  • Bachelor of Russian
  • Bachelor of Russian/Slavic Area Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Sociology
  • Bachelor of Spanish
  • Bachelor of Women's Studies

Online Degrees and Certificates

  • Online Undergraduate Courses
  • Undergraduate Distance Class
  • Online Associate's Degrees
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees
  • Online Graduate Courses
  • Graduate Distance Class
  • Online Master's Degrees
  • Online Doctoral Degrees


  • In-state tuition and fees: $35,500
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $35,500

International Students Admissions Requirements

  • SAT Reasoning Test/ACT: Required
  • SAT Subject Tests: Recommended
  • TOEFL: required for international applicants
  • Minimum Paper-Based TOEFL score: 550
  • Minimum Computer-Based TOEFL score: 213
  • TOEFL (paper) average score: 601
  • Average TOEFL Score (Computer-based): 250


Member: NCAA
Team name: Oles


  • Ranked #53 National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Ranked #6 Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • Ranked #70 High School Counselor Rankings

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Admissions Address

1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
(507) 786-3025
(800) 800-3025
Fax: (507) 786-3832
Contact: Derek Gueldenzoph
Dean of Admissions

Entering Class Stats

Fall 2010 Selectivity
Selectivity more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate 57%
Early decision acceptance rate 77%
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 55%

Fall 2010 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments
Applicants 4,024
Female applicants 2,259
Male applicants 1,765
Applicants accepted 2,303
Female applicants accepted 1,276
Male applicants accepted 1,027
Freshman enrollment 844
Female freshman enrollment 434
Male freshman enrollment 410
Early decision applicants 328
Early decision applicants accepted 253
Early decision applicants enrolled 234
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action 28%

Fall 2010 Wait List
School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 473
Students accepting place on wait list 181
Students accepted from wait list 5

Fall 2010 High School GPA
Freshman students submitting high school GPA 94%
Average high school GPA 3.6
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range 3.4-4

Fall 2010 Freshman SAT Scores
Freshman students submitting SAT scores 37%
SAT Critical Reading average score 649
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 600-720
SAT Critical Reading score breakdown
SAT Math average score 650
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 600-710
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 580-700
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2010 Freshman ACT Scores
Freshman students submitting ACT scores 85%
Average ACT Composite score 29
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 26-31
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 26-33
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 26-32

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