A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
St. Olaf College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057

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
36%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1140-1410
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for St. Olaf College

Cost

Net Price
$26,183/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,772/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,284/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,919/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,811/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,710/ year

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,005Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Busy
    28%
  • Well Rounded
    21%
  • White
    21%
  • Proactive
    14%
  • Unashamedly nerdy
    10%
  • Driven
    3%
  • Unique
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Community on the hill
    70%
  • Community of Success
    7%
  • Helpful
    7%
  • Ideals to action.
    7%
  • Isolated
    4%
  • Unfair and boring
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
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 Reviews

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St. Olaf College is the perfect fit for anyone in any field of interest who also wants an amazing liberal arts education. With a small, family-like campus, it seems everyone here loves St. Olaf with a passion! The food is ranked among the best in the US, and that barely compares to the college's superior quality of education. The faculty and professors are all extremely qualified in their fields and are all very helpful in making sure everyone has a successful education.
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St. Olaf College is the best fit for me! I love the emphasis on community, which is a core value for me. I have been heavily involved with student council and have loved seeing that the college actually listens to the input of their students. My favorite thing about St. Olaf is how much the professors want to see the students succeed and truly learn the material. St. Olaf is very residential and so the college puts a lot of money and time into making the dorms amazing. St. Olaf is ranked for the quality of food as well. The food service has a bunch of options and so one never feels like they get tired of the food.
The academics are wonderful, and professors truly care. The Piper Center is a resource vital and willing to preparing students for life after graduation. St. Olaf offers many educational and personal resources. Many classes come with SI sessions, a study group led by an upper-level student. Resources are usually easy to find when you begin to look for them. The academics at St. Olaf go above and beyond. The social life on campus does not fully compare. I have found it to be difficult to get anywhere off campus if you need to. St. Olaf is a dry campus, but that does not mean there is not drinking. A few of the party houses do seem unsafe, but overall the party spots are safe and fun. The student organizations on campus are abundant. There is something for everyone to love. Most of the dorms on campus are very nice. Even though St. Olaf has a price tag, it is a degree you want. The academic and networking opportunities the school provides are essential to succeeding after a degree.