Founded by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants in 1874 St. Olaf College is a private college located in Northfield, Minnesota. The university has a total enrollment of 3,048 students and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
Saint Olaf College offersadmissions across 85 undergraduate and pre-professional courses in the fields of Arts, Music, Theater, Languages, Biology, Exercise Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology. Around 95% of students stay on campus. The college received #20 ranking for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018.
|Type of University||Private|
|Year of Establishment||1874|
Ranked #62 in National Liberal Arts Colleges according to US News & World Report.
Ranked #51 in Best Undergraduate Teaching according to US News & World Report.
Ranked #33 in Best Value Schools according to US News & World Report.
Best Christian Colleges in America #5 of 358 as per Niche rankings.
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Best College Food in America # 18 of 1,385 as per Niche rankings.
The college has a 300-acre campus which has 350-acre adjacent woodland, restored wetland and native tallgrass prairie under the college ownership.
The College has 11 residential halls namely Ellingson Hall (174 first-year students); Hilleboe Hall (125 upper-class students); Hoyme Hall (200 first-year students): Kildahl Hall (156 first-year students; Kittelsby Hall- High-rise building (238 first-year students); Larson Hall (300 upper-class students); Mellby Hall (190 upper-class students); Mohn Hall Second high-rise residence hall (300 first- and second-year students); Rand Hall (245 upper-class students); Thorson Hall (240 upper-class students); Ytterboe Hall (400 upper-class students)
The College offers only undergraduate programs mainly in the areas of Arts, Music, Theater, Languages, Biology, Exercise Sciences, Mathematics and Psychology.
The College also offers international and off-campus programs. Around 85% opt for study abroad programs in countries and places like Aberdeen, Buenos Aires, Dakar, Konstanz, Quito, Sydney, and Shanghai. The students have to pay an additional program fee and out of pocket expenses for these.
International students who want to seek admissions at Saint Olaf College can follow the below-mentioned application details:
Basic Admission Requirements:
The estimated cost of attendance for international students to study at the university is mentioned-below:
|Cost Head||Expenses in USD (Approximate) Academic year|
|Tuition Fees||51,450 USD|
|Room and Board (on Campus) 6070+5590||11,660 USD|
|Books and Supplies||1,000 USD|
|Personal Expenses||900 USD|
The college provides financial aid in the form of Merit-based scholarships and need-based scholarships for students to afford their study in the USA.
Ole Connect is the alumni platform of the college. The College alumni organize reunions, recreational events, sports events, conduct philanthropic events, scholarships and help in mentoring the students. Celebrating Black and Gold and Celebration on the Hill for Christmas and reunions are some of the signature events of the alumni.
The College has the Piper Center for Vocation and Career and subscribes to the online job portal Handshake that allows the students to upload their resume and look for the suitable available positions. The portal also helps in polishing and acquiring employment skills. The employers are also able to post their requirements on the portal.
Peer advisors are available from morning 10 to 8 pm and they help in reviewing the resumes, cover letters, assist with job and internship applications, and help in finding suitable jobs and careers for the future. The students can take help from these advisors for improving their employability skills also.
The College also organizes career fairs, interaction with companies and alumni also creates job opportunities for the campus students. 95% of the students of the college are able to get a job within 2 years of graduation and after 6 years they earn around USD 50,400 per year against the national average of USD 33,028.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Saint Olaf College Enrollment||3137|
|Average Graduation Rate||76.8%|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,000 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$10,430 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$900 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$10,430 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$900 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$900 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$900 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Dance|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Theatre|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#116 [Out of 650]
based on 1 student ratings
I first heard about St Olaf from my high school biology teacher who was an alum. She raved all the time about how great of an experience and education she got during her four years and, knowing that I wanted to pursue a degree in biology, I kept it on my list. Then, when application season was actually upon me as a rising high school senior, I turned to the college board school search feature and St Olaf popped up as the top school for my requirements. At that point, I knew I at least needed to apply, even if I ended up going to the University of Minnesota like I had planned ever since I knew what college was. St Olaf uses the common app so the application itself was free and really simple. I applied to 4 colleges total, 3 of which used the common app, so adding St Olaf’s few specific questions to my already prepared application was no hassle at all. Most high school counselors tell their college-bound seniors to apply for safety, a reach, and a dream school. Knowing St Olaf’s high expectations of its students but also knowing I would likely rank in the top 10% of my graduating class, St Olaf became all 3 of those for me. It wasn’t guaranteed that I would make the cutoff for the incoming class, but at least on paper, we seemed like a perfect match. As for picking the biology program itself, I knew I wanted to study biology no matter where I went but the program at St Olaf particularly intrigued me because even though it is a liberal arts school known for music, biology is one of the biggest majors. Additionally, as a liberal arts school, the credits required for the major alone (only about 10 classes total) were fewer than other universities I looked at, allowing for students to explore interests in other fields and study abroad without having to worry about not being able to graduate on time.
The biology course curriculum specifically is fantastic. It allows students a taste of each major sector of biology but also allows space to take more classes and dive into the subjects a student finds the most intriguing. The GE requirements as a whole are also well balanced. Being a liberal arts college, there are more GEs here than at a university, but these requirements allow the school to ensure that each student gets a well-rounded education and leaves the college not just knowledgeable in their major subject but at the very least familiar with many topics and their applications in the world.
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