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St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN


4-year • Private • Medium • Rural
85% graduation rate
$28K average per year after aid
Sat range
St. Olaf College is a medium, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a rural setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's degrees.
From the Institution
Founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants, St. Olaf is a nationally ranked liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Northfield, Minnesota. St. Olaf's 3,000 students come from 90 countries, every state, and a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds. Oles choose from more than 85 majors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks, and approximately 94% live on campus. Two-thirds of St. Olaf students study abroad. Oles (oh-lees) participate on 27 varsity teams, numerous club sports, and intramurals. They belong to 200 student organizations and have countless opportunities to get involved. St. Olaf is one of just three liberal arts colleges in the country that offer fully accredited majors in art, dance, music, and theater. Our bands, choirs, and orchestras are world-renowned and approximately one-third of St. Olaf students are involved in music. St. Olaf doesn't produce ordinary college grads. It turns out Oles (Oh-Lees). Oles are the people that companies want, because they know how to get stuff done. They think harder, approach problems differently, persevere with enthusiasm. Oles are born of St. Olaf's intense academic program - an academic program that hones minds, while its emphasis on global engagement helps broaden perspectives. Oles aren't necessarily religious, but our religious tradition encourages deep self-reflection. Most important, perhaps, is the Ole community - a vibrant community that accepts, supports, and encourages, generating lifelong friendships and invaluable business connections. Today more than ever, the world needs idealistic, tireless problem solvers. In other words, Oles.
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Application Types Accepted
Coalition Application, Common Application
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church In America
Fee Waiver Info
Apply for free: no waiver required.

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January 15
Regular Application Due
January 15
Financial Aid Application Due

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