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St Olaf College Overview

Located in Northfield, Minnesota, St Olaf College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding location of Northfield is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is St Olaf College Known For?

920 Undergraduate Awards
$34,719 Avg Cost After Aid
43% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at St. Olaf have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 0%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at St. Olaf.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from St. Olaf with a bachelor's degree make about $50,400 a year. That's 24% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average St. Olaf student graduates in 4.0 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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St Olaf College Rankings

We have ranked St. Olaf as #284 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at St. Olaf.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards St. Olaf has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Value Colleges for Economics College Factual
#20 Best Value Colleges for Mathematics & Statistics College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#66 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#95 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is St Olaf College?

Location of St Olaf College

Contact details for St. Olaf are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Phone: 507-786-2222

How Do I Get Into St. Olaf?

You can apply to St. Olaf online at:

Admission Requirements for St. Olaf

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into St. Olaf?

43% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
27% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to St. Olaf. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 43%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 32%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Average Test Scores

About 27% of students accepted to St. Olaf submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 690. Math scores were between 570 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for St Olaf College  ( 580 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for St Olaf College  ( 570 to 710 )
St. Olaf received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 34. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for St Olaf College  ( 25 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for St Olaf College  ( 25 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for St Olaf College  ( 25 to 31 )

Can I Afford St Olaf College?

$34,719 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
0.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of St. Olaf is $34,719. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At St. Olaf, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,488 a year. That adds up to $25,952 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Olaf is 0.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

St Olaf College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,050 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,072 undergraduate students at St. Olaf, with 3,050 being full-time and 22 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  St. Olaf

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,050 full-time undergraduates at St. Olaf, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  St. Olaf

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of St Olaf College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of St. Olaf Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 202
Black or African American 83
Hispanic or Latino 214
White 2,081
International Students 330
Other Races/Ethnicities 140

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at St Olaf College. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at St. Olaf. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and India.

St Olaf College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Economics 92 92
General Biology 90 90
Mathematics 73 73
General Psychology 63 63
Political Science & Government 56 56
Chemistry 49 49
Music 46 46
General English Literature 43 43
Romance Languages 35 35
Natural Resources Conservation 31 31
Area Studies 30 30
Sociology & Anthropology 29 29
Fine & Studio Arts 28 28
Health & Physical Education 26 26
Computer Science 23 23
Religious Studies 20 20
Drama & Theater Arts 20 20
Nursing 18 18
Philosophy 18 18
History 17 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 15 15
East Asian Languages 14 14
Physics 14 14
Social Work 14 14
Ethnic Studies 13 13
Liberal Arts General Studies 13 13
Germanic Languages 10 10
Classical Languages & Literature 9 9
Sacred Music 5 5
Dance 5 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 1
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0
Medieval Studies 0 0
TOTAL 920 920


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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