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St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College 1520 St Olaf Ave Northfield, MN 55057 Phone: (507) 786-2222
  • General Information
    About St. Olaf College

    St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts, rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective. In the conviction that life is more than a livelihood, it focuses on what is ultimately worthwhile and fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated to the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders. In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a distinctive environment that integrates teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and opportunities for encounter with the Christian Gospel and God's call to faith. The college intends that its graduates combine academic excellence and theological literacy with a commitment to lifelong learning. St. Olaf College strives to be an inclusive community, respecting those of differing backgrounds and beliefs. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus programs, it stimulates students' critical thinking and heightens their moral sensitivity; it encourages them to be seekers of truth, leading lives of unselfish service to others; and it challenges them to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world. (Approved by the St. Olaf College faculty in 1987 and the opening paragraph adopted, as a shorter version, by the Board of Regents that same year.) Mission for the 21st century At its centennial in 1975, St. Olaf College paused to consider the deeper meanings embedded in its mission, to explain more fully its commitments and challenges. In 1999 the college's ninth president, Mark Edwards, deciding it was time for another such examination, commissioned a group of faculty members from a variety of disciplines to "extend the conversation about the identity and mission of St. Olaf College in the 21st century." After a great deal of study, deliberation and discussion, the group drafted preliminary statements which it then shared with faculty colleagues, initiating a year-long series of refinements. The result was St. Olaf 2000: Identity and Mission for the 21st Century, a 72-page printed document that provides important insight into the college, past, present and future.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Fringe
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 3,882
    Percent Admitted 57%
    Men Admitted 58%
    Women Admitted 57%
    Full Time Retention Rate 93%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 590 710
      Math 590 700
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 27 31
      English 26 33
      Math 26 31
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 3,204
    Native American 7
    Asian 159
    African American 44
    Hispanic 50
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 3,105
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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