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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
St. Olaf is a highly rated private, Christian college located in Northfield, Minnesota. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,003 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the St. Olaf acceptance rate is 43%. Popular majors include Biology, Economics, and Psychology. Graduating 88% of students, St. Olaf alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,700.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057
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St. Olaf College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1150-1400
ACT Range
25-31
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$27,587/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$28,573/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.58 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,003Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
32
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Well Rounded
    23%
  • White
    23%
  • Busy
    21%
  • Proactive
    10%
  • Sheltered
    8%
  • Unashamedly nerdy
    8%
  • Driven
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Community on the hill
    62%
  • Community of Success
    8%
  • Helpful
    8%
  • Unfair and boring
    8%
  • Ideals to action.
    5%
  • Isolated
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
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St. Olaf College is an extremely competitive college to get into being one of the best institutions in Minnesota as well as nationally. St Olaf has a top notch Music Department and program that parallels prestigious conservatories with internationally touring Choirs, Bands and Orchestras. While the college is religiously affiliated , the school is liberal and accepting. The cafeteria is easily one of the best in the country and the campus is stunning and modern. Academic rigor is at a very high level and demands the very best of students. St Olaf College has been the right choice for me.
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Great school with great people. Can be challenging, but that's college! The professors really care about their students and most of them have amazing educations themselves so they're well versed on many topics. Small class sizes make it so it's easier to connect with teachers and peers.
Great admissions process! I felt that they actually reviewed my application and tried to get to know me. When I was having trouble deciding, the counselor wrote me a long letter quoting from my admissions essay the things that would allow me to grow at St. Olaf. I can’t wait to start in the fall.